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OOPS! Boss, I gotta go21 July 2003
You have to believe me that we were a little nervous and wondering what was going on. The pit boss was extremely friendly while he dealt the cards, joking with us, etc. After several sets of cards, a different female dealer came back.
My question to you is, what would cause a pit boss to come over and do such a thing? We are all amateurs when it comes to playing 21, and we were not cheating. Aaron S.
And neither was the pit boss, Aaron. There was absolutely, positively no cheatin' going on. No need to be so suspicious.
When a dealer comes off the game and is
replaced by a pit boss, it is most likely Mother Nature's cell phone
just rang; or, possibly, the dealer had called in sick on a busy weekend
and needed a tongue lashing; or maybe there was an emergency at the
dealer's home [they all have homes, these days] or; the sexist jokes
she's hearing on the game are so God-awful that she needs to upchuck the
Ya know I'm jiving you Aaron, right?
The dealer's chances of having a 17 or
more when he shows a 7, 8, 9, 10 or ace are between 74% and 83%. For
that reason, correct basic strategy dictates that you always hit your 15
This is why basic strategy cards advise hitting a soft 18 against the dealer's 9, face (10) card and an ace, but doubling when the dealer shows a 3, 4, 5 or 6.
Compared to a single deck game, the
two-decker handicaps your play by 0.35%, (with four decks 0.48%, six
decks 0.54%, and eight decks 0.58%.). So, given the choice, I recommend
playing on a game with the smallest number of decks.
Blackjacks, which pay 3 for 2, occur more frequently on a single deck versus multi-deck games. Allow me, Jay, to illustrate. Let's say your first card is an ace. On a single deck game, 16 of the remaining 51 cards, or 31.37%, are the face or 10-value cards that would complete your blackjack.
On a six-deck game, 96 of the remaining 311 cards, or 30.87%, would give you your blackjack.
Gambling quote of the week:
"Wander through a modern casino and gaze upon the squadrons of machines,
sitting like idols to some neon God." — The book, Gambling For Dummies
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