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SHUFFLE TRACKING 101 Part 4

by Mark Billings

Mark Billings is the author of the book "The Ultimate Edge," which tells the little-known story of four men who became instrumental in changing the face of contemporary professional blackjack, winning the admiration of players the world over, and the disdain of casino bosses everywhere (available on amazon.com).

 

Note: This is Part 4 of a series on Shuffle Tracking. To read the first two articles, click on Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

 

Over the course of the last three articles, I hope that Ive helped you focus on an aspect of the game of blackjack that most players ignore: the exact nature of the way the dealer shuffles the cards.

Before continuing, Id like to address something that was brought to my attention by one of the readers of the Blackjack Insider. This is something that all readers should understand, not only about shuffle tracking, but about blackjack in general, and it is something readers should understand before attempting to track any shuffle.

The edge in shuffle tracking works much like the edge in regular blackjack. Just because the game being dealt is blackjack does not mean a card counter can beat it. Whether or not a game can be beaten (or can be beaten to the tune of .5%, or 1%, or whatever) is based upon a number of factors:

  • the number of decks in use
  • the rules employed
  • the depth of the deal (i.e., do they deal out 2 decks out of 6, 3 out of 6, or 4 out of 6?)
  • the bet spread you can get away with

Similarly, not all shuffles are trackable, and some shuffles are more trackable than others. For example...

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