"He
balanced fives against tens"
Carl Sandburg
At the beginning of page Three it is argued that the
expectation on the second hand dealt from a single
deck must be the same as that on the first hand because
i are guaranteed that the second hand always can be
finished before the pack runs out. But what about
subsequent hands which may or may not require the
pack to be reshuffled in order to finish them? Will
their expectation (using, of course, the same full
deck basic strategy) be the same as the first hand's?
Off hand it seems possible, if not likely, that this
would be the case, even though the means of proof
used in page Three is no longer available.
i've
discovered that a useful method to study Online Blackjack
Games questions of this type, which involve dealing
patterns, is to contrive small decks of cards for
which the number of possibilities is kept manageable.
Then an exhaustive analysis may suggest the true state
of affairs and, possibly, a direction of proof if
one exists. Toward this end, let us imagine a "deck"
consists of nine cards of which three are fives and
six are tens. Our game will be ordinary Online Blackjack
Games with the exception of forbidding pair splits.
Elementary calculations like those on page 22 show
that, for the full nine card deck, the player's best
strategy is to double (5,5) v 5 and otherwise stand
with all totals of 15 or higher. The corresponding
"basic strategy" (for so i shall refer to
it) expectation is 5.95%. |

Each
floorman is in charge of several tables. The floorman
seats arriving players, brings deck and setup changes,
answers questions, settles disputes, arranges table
changes, and ensures the decorum of his section. Sometimes
he sells chips and keeps a seat change list, although
those functions are handled by other employees in
some casinos. If a situation arises that the dealer
can't or shouldn't handle, the dealer calls the floorman
to the table. A good floorman is often already present
when such a situation comes up. |