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Card Counting the High Tie Blackjack Side Bet

The High Tie blackjack side bet (HT) dates back at least to 2004, where it is mentioned in this article. I recently ran into this bet at a casino I was visiting. After all these years, it’s still around. In fact, it is also part of the DigiDeal lineup.  This wager pays when the player is dealt blackjacks and pairs, with bonuses for suited hands.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
January 27, 2013

Beating Video Poker

When most people think of the ways APs try to beat video poker (VP), three main opportunities come to mind. The AP may go after a 100%+ machine. He may play to win a large progressive jackpot. Or the AP may discover and burn out a valuable promotion. But these opportunities are often short-lived . The main way APs target VP is much more insidious. By thoroughly understanding the comp-reward structure, the AP may be able to get a sustainable and significant edge over the house. The AP can fly under the radar while pocketing profit.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
November 10, 2012

Edge Sorting Harrah's Cards

In this blog post I explained edge sorting. For many years I have looked at the back of the playing cards Harrah's uses and wondered if it was feasible to edge sort those. Harrah's uses several different designs for their backs. Each of these designs is based on a geometric shape that is different from the "diamond" shape that is so easily sortable. Last week, I brought along a deck of Harrah's cards to the conferences, and during one of the less interesting talks I looked at them very closely.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
July 31, 2012

Four Card Poker Hole-Card Play

During the hold ‘em poker craze that began when Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker in 2003, there was a rush to bring poker variants to the casino floor. Four Card Poker (FCP) was introduced in the height of the poker craze. For several years it wasn’t clear which poker games would succeed.  The market has mostly shaken out in the poker genre and FCP is one of the few survivors. Today it has more than 200 placements.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
August 25, 2012

An Introduction to Blackjack Side Bets

Low-limit blackjack is a tough game for the casino. A blackjack table with two or three reasonably knowledgeable players each betting $5 to $10 per hand may be operating at a net loss for the casino. If the table has shallow cut card placement and a lengthy shuffle procedure then it is a sure loser. To save the day, enter blackjack side bets. A good blackjack side bet can make all the difference, turning net-losers into net-winners.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
November 9, 2014

I'm at a Loss about Loss Rebates

A short time back, I was contacted by a casino interested in offering a high rolling blackjack player a 30% cash rebate on  losses he had incurred. The player apparently made this demand to the casino, saying he would not play again unless he was given this rebate. Management was trying to understand the mathematics behind DOLs (discount on loss) before making their decision. Good for them.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
May 16, 2016

Card Counting the Dragon Bonus Baccarat Side Bet

The Dragon Bonus (DB) wager is arguably the most common and popular side bet for baccarat on the market. DB allows the gambler to not only wager that either the Banker side or Player side will win, but that the winning side will crush the losing side by a significant number of points.  The larger the margin of victory, the larger the payout for the DB wager.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
August 12, 2012