Originally Posted by shadroch
Personal observations are almost worthless.
While I don't disagree with this statement, how else can you make any judgments on the matter? As a matter of fact, how are you arriving at your belief that ploppies have no idea about the rules? Unless you have done a scientific study or taken a massive survey of gamblers then you are also basing this purely on observation.
I think that too often we group BJ players into only 2 groups...AP and Ploppy but you can not discount that a 3rd group exists...the skilled basic strategy player. He is still playing a losing game but certainly understands the rules of the game and how they affect the HE. He knows BS and plays with it primarily if not always.
Using only my personal observations this is how I estimate the BJ field looks:
1% Advantage Player
19% What the casino would call "Skilled Basic Strategy Player" who narrows the HE down to the theoretical 1-2% +or-
80% Ploppy who plays so poorly that they inflate the HE to 3-5% or greater range.
I am using no scientific research here. It is only an estimate but think I may be underestimating the % of the BS player.
I agree that the true ploppy doesn't know sh*t from shinola when it comes to the rules of the game or how they affect the HE. The BS player does understand this, however. I know many personally and have met hordes of others who say they used to go to AC but have not gone since some neighboring states have opened stores with way better rules. I think that AC has lost most of these people and will not get them back unless/until they improve the quality of their games. JMHO.