Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.

Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.

received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1983. Eliot has been a Professor of both Mathematics and Computer Science. Eliot retired from academia in 2009. Eliot Jacobson

After a decade as an advantage player, Eliot founded Jacobson Gaming, LLC in 2006. His company specializes in casino table game design, advantage play analysis, game development, and mathematical certification. Eliot's most recent book, "Advanced Advantage Play," based on material first published on his infamous blog apheat.net, has quickly become an industry best-seller on the topic of legally beating casino table games, side bets and promotions. Eliot consults with casinos internationally and is a sought after keynote speaker, trainer and seminar leader.

Eliot is widely recognized as one of the world's top experts on casino table games.

3 Baccarat Strategies that You Don't Want to Try

For a table game to be successful in a casino, the player must feel as though he has some control. Unlike pushing a button on a slot, every successful table game involves a choice or consequential action. In roulette, the player chooses his numbers and the amount he will wager on each. In craps, the player gets to throw the dice. In blackjack, the player makes strategic decisions. And in the game of baccarat, the player gets to choose between Player, Banker and Tie.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
July 18, 2017

Ultimate Texas Hold'em: The Known Card

Ultimate Texas Hold'em (UTH) is a rich source of advantage play opportunities. This post considers yet another possibility: when the player knows one of the two cards he will be dealt in advance of placing his initial bet. I often refer to this knowledge as "top carding," though the known card can be either player card. Knowledge of one player card can be gained, for example, by edge sorting, accidental exposure, card location, skilled cutting, shuffler issues, incidental marks on the cards and outright cheating. Whatever the means, the edge the player can get is extraordinary.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
July 8, 2017

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

Crazy 4 Poker Hole-Card Play

Crazy 4 Poker (C4P) has been among the most popular proprietary table games for many years.  The only games that have had more placements in Las Vegas over the last 5 years are Three Card Poker and Let-it-Ride. It follows that advantage players are going to give this game a very close look.  C4P has the key ingredient for a hole-card weakness: the player gets to make a strategic decision (fold/raise 1/raise 3) after the player and dealer receive their cards. The problem for the AP is that the amount of information that one hole-card yields is not enough to swing the edge his way.

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Eliot Jacobson Ph.D.
July 3, 2017