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How a Basic Strategy Player can Beat Blackjack

Casino Chips

Blackjack has always offered a great value in the casino for anyone willing to learn basic strategy. Without card counting, a player that uses an accurate basic strategy at the table can play games at most casinos with substantially under half a percent house edge. Even the worst rules and conditions rarely exceed a house edge of 0.8%.

If you are a recreational player, you can consistently overcome that small edge with the value you receive from comps of free rooms and food. Why is it possible to get back more in comp value than your actual expected loss?

Just How Smart is the Eye in the Sky?

Security Camera

If you are a skilled blackjack player, you are well aware that a surveillance operator could be watching your play at any time, using the network of cameras that dot the ceiling above every casino floor.  But, did you know that a computer could be watching you instead?

With technology already in use in the casino industry, your play can be analyzed automatically without human intervention.

Correction made in Blackjack Strategy Engine!

Thanks to an attentive Blackjack Basic Strategy Engine user from Russia, I was notified today about a minor error in the charts it delivers.  The many rule settings for the engine means that there are hundreds of possible charts that can be generated.  The mistake appeared on only 3 of the possible charts, as you had to choose 1 Deck, Double After Split, Early Surrender, and No Peek to see the problem.

World Series of Blackjack IV, my show tonight

My first-round appearance in this year’s World Series of Blackjack is on tonight’s show, which airs at 11 PM Eastern on the GSN network.  In other parts of the country, check your television schedule.

Tonight’s players include me (Ken Smith), celebrity Penn Jillette, tournament regular Marlin Horseman, and relative newcomers to tournament play Helen Ho and T.J. Boros.

For satellite viewers, you can find GSN on DirecTV channel 309 and DishNetwork channel 116.

Grand Casino Tunica Tournament Not So Grand

The recent $150,000 “Wild Bill Showdown” Blackjack Tournament held June 15th-16th, 2007 at Grand Casino Tunica left many participants shaking their heads in disgust at the way the event was handled by casino staff. The event truly displayed a level of ineptitude and arrogance that somehow managed to exceed this industry’s already normal “Screw the Customer” mentality. Just how did Grand Casino and its staff give themselves this black eye? Well, let us count the ways…

World* Series of Poker (* approved players only)

Sunday’s Las Vegas Review Journal included a letter to the editor titled “Champion of all the players … that Harrah’s allows”. The author Bob Nersesian is well-known in advantage gambler circles, as an attorney with an outstanding track record in defending legal players from the often-illegal tactics used by local casinos to harass them.

The “Quiet Lion” is back in at WSOP

In a followup to my last post, Brodie has now been allowed back onto Harrah’s properties, and is now competing in the World Series of Poker events.  Read the latest couple of posts at his blog Lion Tales.

In his post “I can play” he says that he’s now allowed back, and says also “As usual everyone at Harrah’s was friendly and professional.”  Well, I guess he means other than the part where they told him not to set foot in one of their hotels again!  Whatever.

I hope he wins a bracelet somewhere along the way at this year’s WSOP.  It will make an interesting story for the press to cover if that happens.