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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

Introduction to Gaming Mathematics

I often receive E-mail from readers asking me to explain the mathematics that I present in the posts in this blog. This material can be very challenging for someone with little background in probability theory or statistics. With that in mind, I wrote a small booklet on gaming mathematics. If you want to better understand the material presented here, I offer you:

Introduction to Gaming Mathematics

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
March 12, 2013

James Grosjean

In June of 2005, I was busy playing Three Card Poker in a downtown Las Vegas casino as a member of a “team.” By no means were we a serious group of APs.  Our team consisted of a friend who traveled with two others from Florida for their semi-annual vacation to Las Vegas. Together, we had been hole-carding Three Card Poker  for several years, making tens of dollars in profit. On this particular day, I learned that just down the street an important trial was coming to an end.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
October 12, 2012

Galaxy Gaming and Game Protection

I am hesitant to address a company by name, but I have something very good to say about Galaxy Gaming, so I doubt they will mind. Back in August, 2003, when I published my article on Lucky Ladies in the e-zine "Blackjack Insider" (see this post), I was still an advantage player. At the time, absolutely everyone who sent e-mail to me to discuss games was also an advantage player. They were all looking for an edge. Aside from being backed off, I had virtually no contact with the other side of the tables.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
November 2, 2013

Hole-Carding, 101

One of the largest leaps a young advantage player (AP) makes early in his career is the realization that ordinary blackjack card counting is an essentially worthless pursuit.  Seeing his first hole-card opens a panorama of potential income never before considered. The first question is if it’s legal; few advantage players want to cross the thin blue line into cheating. At the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas on November 22, 1983, Steven Einbinder and Tonly Dalben were caught hole-carding, with Dalben signaling the hole card to Einbinder.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
July 6, 2017

Video: An Introduction to Edge Sorting

Edge sorting is a technique that is not well explained by blog articles or pictures. There is tremendous visual impact in seeing how easy it is to do in practice. For that reason, I decided to create a video demonstration.

This is my first "home video," which means that simple things like light and sound were not up to amateur video standards. In other words, the production value is very low. But, I cleaned the room, gave my dog Rosie a toy to chew on, and did it in one take.

Here is the video:

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
November 30, 2012