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Ultimate Point Counts

How do i use these numbers? Very much like any Online Blackjack Games point count system. Suppose you want to monitor the `Bank' bet. Begin the shoe with a running count of zero and then add the point values for all observed cards to maintain an up to date running count. Naturally, `add' means `subtract' if the value is negative. To estimate the instantaneous expectation of the `Bank' bet at any time thereafter, merely divide your current running count by the number of unplayed (or unobserved) cards remaining in the shoe at that instant. Use the resultant quotient to adjust the full deck expectation of -1.057919%).

Example: Suppose the first hand out of the shoe uses a 3 and 4 for the Player and 9 and Jack for the Bank. Our running count is 2.69 + 4.80 - .96 + .78 = +7.31. Now, don't plunge into the `Bank' bet just because you have a positive count! Rather, divide it by the number of remaining cards, which is 416 - 4 = 412. You estimate the `Bank' expectation to be -1.05791 + 7.31/412 =-1.04016%,so the shoe is not quite ready for us.

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