Now if you're
playing an eight deck shoe, it'll be pretty tough
to find a low enough card layout to give you an
outright edge. You'll need a "+12 baby"
board just to have a 1/4% advantage.
On the other hand, in double deck games it's easy
to pin down an edge. All you need is a "+3
baby" layout. The problem is that many double
deck games are "No Mid-Deck Entry", or
if you can jump in, there may be but one or two
rounds left before the shuffle.
Getting in Extra Hands: Now, what about when you're
already at a crowded table and an impressive flurry
of low cards has hit the board? If there's room
to play two hands, go ahead and blurt out something
like, "I gotta put in an extra hand to change
these cards around -- they're brutal!" And
what if there's no room for an extra hand? Then
you might want to trigger the other players' superstitious
instincts by making some bizarre play with your
hand. Here's what I mean.
Let's say you've got 12 against a dealer's deuce
with a $40 bet up. Well, you know you're going to
take exactly one hit and then stand no matter what
you catch. Doing that, you'll lose this hand five
times out of eight (after adjusting for ties). There's
absolutely nothing you can do about it. But there
is something else you can do that might improve
your odds. What is it?
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"no flop, no drop" rule has led to a practice
in some states called chopping the blinds. If everyone,
except the blinds, folds, the two blinds will often
agree to chop. This means that each blind takes his
money back. This practice deprives the house of a
rake on this hand and because heads-up pots tend to
be small, often the players would rather move on to
the next hand and not incur a rake.
You're under no obligation to chop as long as you're
consistent. No one will object if, when you first
sit down, you announce "By the way, I just want
everyone to know I don't chop." That way, there
can be no question of wrongdoing if, the very first
time the situation arises, you happen to find yourself
holding pocket aces. If you agree to chop the blinds
when you first sit down (and that's when you should
ask or be asked-things can get a little dicey if you
wait until the potential situation first arises),
you should chop every time.