Exit Strategy

Thus, in a 6-deck game. we can leave after 1 deck has been dealt if the running count is less than or equal to-22. So if we're playing at a 6-deck table and notice that 1/4 of the way through the shoe (1 1/2 decks dealt), the running count suddenly falls to -24, it's beneficial for us to exit the game. Similarly, in an 8-deck game, you can leave after playing 3 decks if the running count is less than or equal to -22, and so forth.

Leave If
6-deck RC < 8-deck
After 1 deck dealt -22 -32
After 2 decks dealt -17 -27
After 3 decks dealt -12 -22
After 4 decks dealt - -17

Of course, adopting the exit strategy requires you to roughly estimate the number of decks already played. However, the deck estimation need not be too accurate: anything within 20°Io will do.

We can now introduce the exit strategy into the K-O Fabulous Fives 6-deck variation. Remember, we've shifted the IRC by +17, so we need to adjust the exit counts by the same amount. This leaves us with the following conditions for a 6deck game: Leave at -5 or less after 1 deck is played; leave at 0 or less after 2 decks; and leave at +5 or less after 3 decks. Again, all values are divisible by 5.

The proper use of an exit strategy will nearly double your win-rate per hand. Not surprisingly, this is because you avoid situations with unfavorable conditions. The combination of a higher expectation coupled with a larger average bet size yields a tremendous gain in the win rate.

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Home Game Poker

That means the material you encounter in Part 2 may feel more familiar to you than much of what you find elsewhere in the text. Home poker games vary in size and shape even more than actual kitchen tables do, though. Part 2 walks you through potential opportunities and classic errors in joining or starting your own game. It also offers its share of strategic tips, money management considerations, and solutions for practical problems that plague poorly planned home games.
Don't make the mistake of thinking "I've played poker at home and done well; I can skip Part 2 and focus on the rest of the book." Even those readers who have played in dozens of different kinds of home games will find important tips here. A few of the home game (and home game management) tips will help you with your casino and/or Internet poker, too.