I recently did a couple of interviews that I wanted to mention.
The first is an article in GPWA Times magazine. That’s the Gambling Portal Webmasters Association magazine, focused on issues of interest to casino affiliates. The interview there covers some of the history of BlackjackInfo.com, as well as some of my personal story.
A recent G2E conference session in Las Vegas gave me a chance to hear industry insiders talk about the current usage of RFID (Radio Frequency ID) technology inside casinos. This technology uses radio tags embedded in casino chips to authenticate the chips, and to enable more accurate data gathering on the casino floor. The idea has been around for a number of years now, with Wynn Las Vegas using the system since 2005. In the years since, the technology has slowly improved and more casinos have begun to use the chips. An expert speaker at the conference indicated that perhaps 40 casinos in the US are currently utilizing radio-enabled 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?
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.
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.
BlackjackInfo is proud to be the host for a very nice addition to the toolkit of the blackjack community.
MGP’s BJCA is now available as freeware: “MGP” is the username of a blackjack enthusiast and talented coder that is a member of our community here. “BJCA” stands for Blackjack Combinatorial Analyzer.
Thanks to some Flash wizardry by ChemMeister ICountNTrack, the site now has a Card Counting System Efficiency Calculator.
You can plug in any set of card counting tag values, and calculate the Betting Correlation (BC), Playing Efficiency (PE) and Insurance Correlation (IC).
It’s that time again…
The Ultimate Blackjack Tour has a second season of shows ready to air, and they start this Saturday (tomorrow) September 15th, 2007. Tune in on CBS at 2 PM Eastern to check out the first of the one-hour episodes.
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.
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…