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  • I’m extremely suspicious that this program isn’t fairly generating random numbers. It consistently deals out high cards straight from the beginning. Time after time after time, I set it to 2 decks, and I see extremely negative counts, very quickly, and the reason is because lots of high cards come out straight at the beginning. Is it possible you programmed this thing to kind of simulate “worst case scenario” conditions?

  • MARK WHEELER said:
    (Posted to: Blackjack Strategy Trainer)

    The new display, i.e. black screen on a white background is glaring. It makes my eyes hurt. It causes distortions in perception and causes a loss in concentration. Please change back to the green background or anything easier on the eyes.
    Thank you for the service of the strategy trainer. If you have time, how does the Surrender option effect the win/loss ratio if surrender is counted as a loss?


  • Thank you for everything, man. I am on vacation for six months and I have been on your site almost everyday for the past three. I have basic memorized and have started working counting in to my play. Thank you for teaching me these skills through your site. The new format looks great.

  • Hi KenSmith
    I have bust rate for dealer up cards from A to 10, but can’t find the bust rate for player hard 12 to 16 when hit for another cards.please give me the information.I am a basic strategy player. Thank you.

    • It’s pretty easy to calculate these, especially if you’re willing to accept almost-accurate numbers from an infinite deck approximation.

      If you hit hard 16 and plan to stand at 17 or more, then you’ll take only one card.
      Five of the possible 13 card values will improve your hand, so you’ll bust the other 8/13 of the time.
      p(bust 16) = 8/13 = 61.5%

      If you have hard 15, there are now two possibilities…
      You’ll bust immediately 7/13 of the time.
      1/13 of the time you’ll draw an Ace for hard 16, and hit again.
      p(bust 15) = 7/13 + (1/13 * 8/13) = 58.6%

      You can do the same thing for the other starting hands.
      The results?
      p(Bust 16) = 61.5%
      p(Bust 15) = 58.6%
      p(Bust 14) = 55.0%
      p(Bust 13) = 50.9%
      p(Bust 12) = 46.2%

      These all assume you will continue hitting until you reach 17 or bust.

  • Hi
    Thanks for all the informations.
    In Asia, most casino use continuous shuffle machines. ( usually 5 or 6 decks). I am asking , is there any change in basic strategy as compare to 6 decks shoes?

  • Hi
    Thanks for all information. In Asia, most casino use continuous shuffle machine , 5 or 6 decks. I am asking ,is there any change in basic strategy? ( compare to 6 deck shoes) .

  • Does basic strategy apply to 2-card combos after card-splits? ie. Split 8’s against Dealer’s 4. You get a 2, do you double down or just hit? I have found these situations to be more of a trap than winning strategies, because if you happen to have build up your bet, then have to split and double down maybe twice or even three times, you end up risking and often losing your entire winnings and end up losing. Help, anyone?

    • Absolutely.
      Yes, these hands will make or break your entire session, because you can get as many as 8 bets working under the most common rules.
      (That’s three splits and four doubles!)

      When basic strategy says to double, it is because the double is more profitable than just hitting.
      Don’t forgo these extra opportunities to take advantage.

      Sure, sometimes things won’t go your way, but how sweet it is when you get several bets on the table and the dealer busts.

  • Glenn Davidson said:
    (Posted to: Video poker player 86'd from Caesars)

    Revel Casino in Atlantic City just introduced a new blackjack game called “Switch Hands”. Apparently, you can discard a bad two card draw and play two face-down cards which you have not seen. What do you know about this game?

    • The POGG is certainly a good choice, and was created by a knowledgeable player.
      I think it is, and will continue to be among the best resources.

      Another popular site is
      While I’m not always convinced that the CasinoMeister holds players’ interests foremost, the forums are still quite useful.

  • The liability falls upon the casino……plain and simple. Here’s why…..No mater how uncontrolled the costumer is or could be, the establishment is part of the community and thus has a moral responsibility to the public to exercise better judgment if the customer refuses to or can’t.

    Had Mark Johnston been a violent personal and gotten hold of a weapon of some sort and hurt or even killed someone then the fault would partly fall upon the establishment for facilitating his drunkenness to the point of the offence.

    Mark Johnston is a grown man and is personally responsible for his behavior but helping impair his judgment beyond his ability to control himself instead of simply cutting him off is in my opinion negligence on the part of a legal business that caters to the public.