Blackjack Strategy: Important Factor

The importance of card counting should be clear by now. However, knowing how to card count does not mean that you should dive in and play at the first sight of a blackjack table! You have to consider other important factors to help you beat the game of blackjack.

The criteria that is most important for card counters is the number of cards that will still be dealt before it will be shuffled by the dealer. You will never find a casino that will deal all cards before they shuffle, since a card counter would have an enormous advantage in the last of the few hands. Hence, just about all casinos will deal only on a certain card percentage.

If 70% of the cards are being dealt the counter has an advantage of 1.0% using a regular Las Vegas rules, and 1 to 4 bet spread, in a game of 2 decks. The advantage of the counter will increase by 80% to about 1.8% if the cards are 90% dealt. On the other hand, if the cards dealt is at 50% the advantage of the counter player will normally reduce to 50%, or to 0.5%, only.

The penetration has definitely a major effect on the player's winnings, according to many computer studies with the help of scores of blackjack theoreticians, and this has been proven over and over again.

Almost all counters can't make a major bet until the penetration reaches 75% or more. In a regular 6 deck game, this means that the dealer can cut off 1.5 decks of cards, only; players would be wasting their money and time in trying to count while in a game with only about 50% penetration.

Almost all casinos are strict about the positioning of the cut card after the shuffle and the cut done by the dealer. Some are making use of measuring device on the dealer's side shoe that signals the dealer where to place the cut card.

Nonetheless, there are still a lot of casinos that only provide guidelines to dealers as to the number of decks to cut off. It is rather possible thus, to look for a dealer who provides a more generous cut, let us say that cutting off of only 1 deck rather than cutting off of 1.5 decks in game of 6-deck.

Players of blackjack should also consider the numbers of card decks that are to be dealt, before it is shuffled by the dealer. This is one important factor to consider in beating the game of blackjack.

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