DAS Questions
  • In Vegas, on the Strip, which is more commonly found - DAS allowed, or not allowed? In particular, I know I'll be playing at the Sahara, but will visit others on the strip.

    I know the BS is different depending on whether Double After Split is allowed.
    I also know there are only a few changes. The ones I see involve splitting
    2/2 against dealer's 2 or 3
    3/3 against dealer's 2 or 3
    4/4 against dealer's 5 or 6
    6/6 against dealer's 2

    I know one should use the correct BS for the rules you're playing, but, if I only memorized one set, which one would be the better one?

    For math wizards/statistics lovers only:
    Let's say DAS was allowed, but I was using BS for DAS NOT Allowed. How much advantage would I be giving the casino by playing these few situations incorrectly?
    Since I don't get to play in a casino often, it makes it harder to memorize BS, especially if I don't know what the rules will be. If I knew the rules, I could focus on BS chart for those rules.

    Thanks for any input.
  • Splitting the 7 extra DAS pairs when you cannot DAS will cost you .01% in net EV. Not splitting them when you can DAS will cost about the same. So if you want to memorize just one set of pair splitting rules, go with the more common DAS rules.
  • Mr. Renzey, thanks for your reply. I really do appreciate it.
    I have read and re-read your book Blackjack Bluebook II many times. (I just skimmed over the counting methods since i'm not ready for that yet).
    There is so much good information in there.
    I particularly liked the parts on Myths, Commonly Misplayed Hands, and Soft Doubles. It was helpful the way you describe WHY you hit, stand or double. It makes BJ so much better when you not only know WHAT to do, but WHY.

    I've read many books on BJ, but yours was the best, for me.
    Even though I'm just getting BS down pat, I know that I'm way ahead of others that I see playing the game, especially when I hear their talk of things like Taking the Dealer's Bust Card, Figure the Dealer for a 10-in-the-Hole, and I'm Due to Win - since I've lost the last x hands in a row.

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