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Eleven Legal Ways to Beat Blackjack that Aren’t Card Counting


Beating the house is what many gamblers go to a casino to do. Unfortunately, the most common method that players attempt is almost certainly doomed to failure. I’m talking about ordinary blackjack card counting. From the sheer difficulty of the method to the hyper-awareness of casino staff to bankroll fluctuations, ordinary blackjack card counting is the last method a player should attempt.

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Dealing in an iDeal World

In protecting against hole-card play on casino card games, there are many different elements that the casino needs to have in place. Among these are:

Safe Procedures
  1. A dealing procedure focused on hole-card protection.
  2. A method of taking cards out of the shuffler that is focused on hole-card protection.
  3. An ergonomic location for the shuffler so that it is physically easy and natural to protect the hole-card.
  4. Attention to the burn card and the cut.
  5. Ongoing reminders to the dealers about hole-card protection.  Hopefully, prior to each shift.
  6. Staff training to underscore which games are especially vulnerable.
  7. Eyes on the games, especially watching out for “lucky idiots.”  This includes the dealer, pit staff and surveillance.
  8. Ongoing research by at least one team member to keep up to date on advanced advantage play against your games.

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