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The Problem of Protecting Proprietary Games

Over the last few years I've analyzed, played, written and spoken about scores of proprietary games with vulnerabilities to card counting, hole-carding and other straightforward advantage play techniques. With years of blow back from what comes out of my big mouth, I have come to the conclusion that companies that create proprietary games often don't know their games' weaknesses, don't want to know their games' weaknesses, and don't want anyone else talking about their games' weaknesses. The reason for this is obvious: games with known advantage play weaknesses are a hard sell. 

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
June 25, 2012

The Cause of Suffering is Desire

The title of this post is one of Buddha's "Four Noble Truths." We all suffer. But leave it to APs to actually quantify desire.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
December 30, 2013

Advantage Play Against Slots

  • The good news: slot machines can be beat outright.
  • The bad news: most of what appears on the Internet and what's written in most books on the topic is nonsense.
  • The truth: learning practical methods to beat slots takes study and legwork.
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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
March 6, 2017

The World's Greatest Blackjack Card Counter

Suppose the world’s greatest blackjack card counter heads out to a casino to pursue his chosen vocation of beating the house. Our hero sits down and starts to count. After a few hands, he realizes that the casino doesn’t care: he is free to count the day away, playing and spreading his bets however he likes. He righteously believes that this is just how he believes it should be: if a player is playing by the rules, then he should be allowed to play. There is no more injustice in the world for our hero.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
December 12, 2013

Protecting Proprietary Games

Recently, I’ve been looking at a lot of new proprietary games for game protection weaknesses. I’ve long been interested in this subject, dating back to my decade of play as an advantage player. But now it’s just getting downright silly. Every time I turn around, I find another game with a weakness. There’s hardly enough time to write the articles or do the analysis to keep up with the opportunities. If I had started my play today instead of in the haze of card counting smoky, single deck games, I may have stayed the course.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
June 24, 2012

Married to the Blackjack Tables

For about 8 years, I lived the life of an undisciplined low limit card counter.  I had all the usual issues that keep guys like me from the big time. I struggled to make the large wagers when the count was high. I played too long. I chatted with management, drawing attention to myself. I didn’t hide my skills by using cover plays. It is guys like me, however, that casinos obsess over: weak, unthreatening and barely profitable hobbyists.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
June 25, 2012

Simulations, Combinatorial Analysis and Biscuits

It's a math geek thing. People who don't understand what I do often think that everything is simulated. I can't tell you how many times my work has been misunderstood as entirely simulations - that I let a random number generator play some very large number of hands to figure out everything from the house edge and game strategy, to counting systems and the edges from various types of advantage play.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
April 1, 2016

My "Backrooming" Experience

Many people on both sides of the table are aware that some sort of (alleged) incident may have happened to me in June, 2005 that precipitated a change in my hobby as an AP. I have never before shared the details of this incident (if it happened). Two different lawyer(s) stated that based on the terms of the settlement (if any), I am free to present this account (if it really happened), as long as it is given in a way that maintains full confidentiality of both the casino (if any) and the terms of the settlement (if any).

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
July 17, 2012