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.
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
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.
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.