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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, Dec. 2003, #47


What Constitutes a Good Multiple Deck "Count" Game?

by Fred Renzey

Fred Renzey is an "advantage" blackjack player and author of the highly rated "Blackjack Bluebook II -- The Simplest Winning Strategies Ever Published" , a vividly detailed 217 page handbook for casino "21". You can obtain Renzey's book at a 10% discount by visiting our Blackjack Insider store. You can also read more of Renzey's strategy advice for blackjack at

Throughout the world, shoe dealt blackjack comprises the vast majority of all casino "21" games. If you're a card counter and you limit your blackjack play to single and double deck games only, you're severely narrowing your horizons. It's like the aspiring poker pro who plays Texas Hold'em only, and steers clear of any Stud or Omaha games. Since he's not an "all-around athlete", he often finds himself in the heart of all the action with no game to play. Indeed, if you want to beat blackjack, it behooves you to learn which components of the shoe game make it good or bad. Below is a list of variables, which affect the value of multiple deck blackjack as a beatable game.

Number of Decks
Soft 17 Rule
Re-Split Aces Rule
Double After Split Rule
Late Surrender
No-Hole Card
Index Numbers
No-Mid-Shoe Signs
Bet Spread Tolerance
Number of Players

No. of Decks:
The fewer the decks, the better. Some rare casinos may offer a 4-deck shoe, but the vast majority of shoe games are 6 or 8 decks. Percentagewise, four decks are about 0.07% better for the player than six, and six decks are about 0.03% better than eight. Beyond that though, fewer decks will also develop an advantageous deck composition more often, thereby requiring a smaller overall betting spread to achieve the same net edge in the game.

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