Tips and Rules in Casinos and Casino Games in Spain
Many books have been written that claim that BlackJack is beatable.
Is casino blackjack a ‘beatable’ game?
Answer: Simulations performed by rec.gamblers show different amounts of potential player advantage in theory in BJ, depending on strategies, exact rules, and playing conditions. These numbers typically approach 1% (an average penny gain for every dollar bet) though in certain particular, ideal circumstances this can get somewhat higher. There is disagreement on the net about how much advantage this translates into in ‘real-world’ casinos, but it’s generally believed that players can play with a small, long-run advantage in BJ. The variance is very high in this game, however, which makes the slight advantage in BJ far from a sure thing.
How much of an advantage can card counting give?
A typical card counter will have an edge of 1.5% or less, depending on the counting system used, the skill of the player, and the particular house rules that the player is fighting against. It is quite unusual to find playing conditions that allow the player to get more than a 2% edge against the
Is card counting illegal in casinos?
No. The casinos would like you to believe that card counting is illegal, immoral, and fattening, but the fact is that card counters are simply using a greater level of skill than the typical blackjack player. The Nevada courts have ruled that blackjack players are free to use any information that is made available to them, provided that there is no collusion between a player and casino personnel. For example, if a dealer accidentally handles the cards in such a way that a player can see the dealer’s hole card, the player can make use of this information without breaking the law.
Can the casino ban card counters?
This depends on where you play. In Atlantic City, where games of skill are not permitted, the casinos are not allowed to ban skilful players. In Nevada, casinos are allowed to refuse service to anyone at any time for any reason. Players are routinely ‘barred’, usually by being asked to leave or by being told that they are welcome to play any game other than blackjack. If you are barred but persist in trying to play, the casino can have you arrested for trespassing.
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