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Edge Sorting Mississippi Stud

Mississippi Stud (MS) has more vulnerability to advantage play, by far, than any other proprietary table game or side bet. The scope of the game protection issues the game has stretches from collusion, to hole card play, to edge sorting, to others I don’t know about. The reason for all of these issues is the ability of the AP to place up to 9 extra units and then receive multiplied payouts when sufficient extra information is available.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
April 19, 2013

Phil Ivey -v- Crockfords

To bring you up to date, I was Ivey's expert witness in this case: that has been the primary cause of my reluctance to post over the last few months, and in particular my complete absence of posts over the last month. In case you live under a rock and haven't heard the news, Ivey lost the case.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
October 14, 2014

Survey of Sortable Cards

In considering the accomplishment of Phil Ivey at Crockfords Casino (see this post), it is worth considering the full breadth of the problem of ill-designed cards and edge sorting. Phil Ivey did not get lucky by finding an especially rare card in a far-away location that could be sorted. My personal survey of 650 casino decks showed that fully 70% of all cards contain asymmetries that allow them to be sorted. Poorly manufactured cards are ubiquitous.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
May 19, 2013

Edge Sorting Let it Ride

Let it Ride (LIR) and Mississippi Stud (MS) have a lot of design elements in common. Both games involve no competition against the dealer. Both games pay based on the final poker-value of the player’s five-card poker hand. Both games have a minimum hand that pays (a pair of Tens for LIR and a pair of Jacks for MS). They both involve an Ante bet, and raises after cards are exposed.  They both involve cards that are face down on the table, making hole-carding and edge sorting potential methods of advantage play. But there are big differences when it comes to their vulnerability.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
April 14, 2013

Edge Sorting in Baccarat, Update #1

Edge sorting in baccarat takes place when the player can observe the back of one or more cards before making his wager (see this post for an introduction). If the player is able to sort the cards, then this knowledge allows the player to gain an edge. As I showed in this post, the ability to see one sorted card allows the player to gain an edge of 6.765% over the house.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
May 13, 2014