As mentioned in page Two, a "total dependent"
basic strategy will yield an expectation slightly
loir than these figures, .04% less for a single deck.
The method of interpolation by reciprocals suggests
that the player would lose about .01% from applying
a total dependent strategy in a four deck games. in
an infinite deck there is no distinction betien total
dependent and composition dependent strategies.[B]
in casinos where the surrender rule prevails those
who do not live by the warrior's code and are willing
to raise the white flag should be guided by the following
chart. See page 123 for
adjustments to the basic strategy player's overall
Number of Decks for Basic Strategy Surrender
My method of counting the distinguishable subsets
of size n was to cycle through the number of tens,
t, in the subset. Then i used a recursive generation
of the number of subsets of size n-t which could be
formed using only the nine non-ten denominations.
Thorp recommends a more elegant technique.
"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.
When you are a cardroom rookie, you might do well
to avoid chopping the blinds until your face is a
bit more familiar. Although no house rule prevents
players from reneging on an agreement to chop, it
is considered one of the lower, more disreputable
plays in poker.