I just spent the weekend in South lake Tahoe and had my first real success with card counting.( I Think ) I settled on a double deck game of blackjack but got a little bit confused when i tried to calculate my players disadvatage. I had the blue Book with me but could not find how much of an edge i lost only being able to double down on 9,10, or 11. This is a rule I am seeing often in single and double deck games. Did i just get lucky beating this game and shoud i avoid it in the future or am i not losing that much of an edge?
Chrono -- On pg 82 of the Bluebook under Rule Variations, it says "No Soft Doubling" costs you 0.11%. If you can double on 9, 10 & 11 only, then soft hands are the only doubles you cannot make (where basic strategy is concerned). In these games, you usually are allowed to double on A/8 by calling it "9". However, since it is "9", if you catch a deuce, you're stuck with "11".
Based on Atlantic City rules, have you or anyone else ever calculated the average number of cards a player gets per hand? If this calculation is possible, how does it vary in a 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 deck game? Does it vary with the number of players at the table? How many cards would the dealer get given the same conditions? Thanks for your time.
Most used number is 2.7 cards per hand, same for dealer. With 4 plus dealer it should amount to 13.5 cards per round X 8 = 108 cards or close to two decks +/- about 2-4 cards most of the time. There are exceptions, but it gets close after hundreds of hands/rounds. 2.6 cards comes up a little low in my experience.
Test: Deal 4 hands plus self, play perfect basic strategy and dealer rules. After 8 rounds, count the cards.