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
you walk into a large cardroom for the first time,
it can look chaotic at the initial glance. The noise
and the people can be disorienting at first. Relax,
it'll soon just be part of the scenery for you.
Most rooms have a railing that separates the playing
area from the waiting area of the cardroom. It's often
a good idea to spend a few minutes standing at the
rail, just getting an overview of the room. Don't
stand right next to a table unless the rail is separating
you from it and don't stand directly behind a player.
It bothers some players.
The particular procedures involved in getting into
a game are not standardized-they vary from room to
room. The specifics will depend on the room. Don't
hesitate to ask a cardroom employee if you are unsure
of a procedure.