Do you ever make side bets with other players at the table?
  • When the dealer has a 4,5,6 up a lot of players on the table think that the dealer will bust. Do you ever say to that person I will bet you $5 that the dealer will make hand than toss a $5 chip in front of him tring to get that player to toss a $5 chip on an imaginary betting circle? I did that once and the other player actually took me up on the bet the dealers up card was a 4 so I had about a 16% advantage on the bet.
    I played with a lady once that had a pair of 7's vs a dealers upcard of a 4 I offered to pay for the split and she did not take me up on it or split the pair her self fearing that she would take the dealers bust card. Do you ever say something like I will bet you X amount (X amount should not be anything bigger than her smallest bet) that not splitting will cause the dealer to make a hand?
    If the dealer has a 5 or a 6 I think that most players will believe that the dealer will bust more than 50% of the time and if others players say something like alright the dealer has a "bust card" you can say something like I bet you $5 the dealer makes a hand. There are players at the table who will take that bet with a smile and you will make an even bigger profit.
  • All I generally offer to do is to "fund" a proper decision when the player is apparently going to pass on doing so. For example, 9 vs dealer 6, and the player is moaning about possibly losing the double-down. I offer to do it for him/her, and more often than not, they happily accept, not realizing they just hurt their own EV because they limited themselves to only one hit. If they get a 2, they are in a somewhat difficult situation because had they not doubled using my chips, they could hit again and improve the hand.

    I do the same on splitting but you have to be careful and be absolutely clear as to which hand will be "yours". For example, 7-7 vs 3. Player should split, but is hesitant to double his risk. I offer a chip to split but say OK, I'll pay for the split, but before the dealer gives you a card, you tell me which hand will be mine and which will be yours. This prevents an argument when one wins and one loses. The "rules" are established before money changes hands and everyone ends up avoiding an argument.

    I'm not into making other side-bets and some casinos might not even like it since they are excluded from the "action" entirely. Betting on bust/no-bust might be risky if you are counting and bet no-bust in negative counts and bust in positive counts. Again, I don't see any reason to draw any unnecessary attention in the first place. It is often that first "jiggle" that gets them to looking, and then you have a problem.
  • If the count is slightly positive anything under plus 5 than betting on no bust will be profitable. If you bet on no bust on a neutral count you will have a minimum of a 12% advantage when the dealer is showing a 6 and hits on soft 17! If the dealer is showing anything else you have an even higher advantage assuming you can get even money for your bet against another player.
  • The latest edition of Bluebook II describes how when the dealer has a "bust card" up of 4, 5 or 6, you can lay 6-to-5 odds that she won't bust and have between a 5% and 10% edge on the bet depending upon the exact up-card.
  • Renzey said:
    The latest edition of Bluebook II describes how when the dealer has a "bust card" up of 4, 5 or 6, you can lay 6-to-5 odds that she won't bust and have between a 5% and 10% edge on the bet depending upon the exact up-card.


    Renzey,

    Your books, both editions are the best on the market. My favorite is Bluebook 1. Honestly! I always remember your posts when I see your books in my library. My opinion is that if one knows and can apply all the principles you describe in BB1 he can still make money in today's Vegas environment.

    I have no association with you, I never meet you before so I’m not interested to promote anything. The only thing I know about you is your work BB1 and BB2. There is so much key informations revealed in these books that one can become a winning player just by mastering the material.
  • Alex -- Thanx so much for the flattery. Funny, the players at my table always seem to think I'm one of the biggest idiots that ever played blackjack.
  • Renzey said:
    Alex -- Thanx so much for the flattery. Funny, the players at my table always seem to think I'm one of the biggest idiots that ever played blackjack.


    Well, that’s your cover. Just keep playing the way you play because for sure you have a winning strategy. There is no any doubt in my mind about that. I’ve been applying BB1 for big stakes all over the Strip and works like magic. Not that I didn’t know how to play before but BB1 become my book after I’ve got it ten years ago. You have a very warmhearted style of writing and it tells people the way it is at the tables. Practically just a few key concepts are enough to have the player get the upper hand. For example, the concept of “Borderline Blackjack Hands” in conjunction with the “light board” or “heavy board” it beats single deck game out of lots of money. Years ago they use to have a very juicy single and double deck at Caesars on the Strip where if you just play correctly the board and the critical hands with the right bet spread you would have made lots of money. Even in today’s market you can make it in Vegas but require some adjustments depending what game you get involved with.
  • If a player is thinking about doubling down on a very bad hand like an 8 or less saying to them I bet you an amount equal to their current bet the dealer makes a hand is a wise move. They take that bet than they don't double on their hand so they have the option of hitting it out and you both win more money! This bet should always be made when the player has no chance to draw to a hand because they figure that the dealer has a better chance of busting than making a hand and you should capatilize on that belief!

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