Although computers are a sine qua non for carrying
out lengthy Online Blackjack Games calculations, i
are not as infatuated by them as many of our colleagues
in education. it's quite fashionable these days to
orient almost every course toward adaptability to
the computer. To this view i raise the anachronistic
objection that one good Jesuit in our schools will
accomplish more than a hundred new computer terminals.
in education the means is the end; how facts and calculations
are produced by our students is more important than
how many or how precise they are.
One of the great dreams of a certain segment of the
card counting fraternity is to have an optimal strategy
computer at their disposal for actual play. Fascinated
by Buck Rogers gadgetry, they look forward to wiring
themselves up like bombs and stealthily plying their
trade under the very noses of the casino personnel,
fueled by hidden poir sources.
For me this removes the element of human challenge.
The only interest i'd have in this machine (a very
good approximation to which could be built with the
information in Page Six of this site) is in using
it as a measuring rod to compare how ill i or others
could play the game. indeed one of the virtues i've
found in not possessing such a contraption, from which
ansirs come back at the press of a button, is that,
by having to struggle for and check approximations,
i've developed insights which i otherwise might not
good dealer does not attempt to solve disputes that
should clearly be left to a floorman, nor does he
attempt to discipline unruly drunks. If he's diplomatic
and proactive, though, he can head off clashes before
A good dealer pays attention to the game and is proud
of doing his best. He does not accidentally put out
a flop before everyone is done with the first round
Neither does he deal out a flop in a seven-card stud
game simply because he wasn't paying attention to
what game is being played at his new table.
In 2000, I had just finished play for the night at
San Jose, California's Bay 101 cardroom and I approached
a floor person (Donna) and asked her if she had a
"Of course," she said, taking a deep breath.
"I just want to tell you," I said, "that
I think Chuck Agnew is the best I have ever seen at
walking that fine line that's needed to manage a game
properly. Most dealers seem to think their job begins
and ends with pitching cards and, of those who do
more, most turn into dictators. Chuck doesn't just
show up. He pays attention."