practicing counting 6 decks...
  • i just got 6 decks of cards. i was wondering what would be the easiest way to shuffle the decks, and where i could get a shoe. do you people think its a waste to try to play with 6 decks? maybe i should just keep them seperate and use them to play with.
  • Wayne said:
    i just got 6 decks of cards. i was wondering what would be the easiest way to shuffle the decks, and where i could get a shoe. do you people think its a waste to try to play with 6 decks? maybe i should just keep them seperate and use them to play with.


    just shuffle 'em just like they do in the casino. two piles of 3 decks, make a grab from each pile, riffle 'em together, repeat until both piles have become "one". Repeat a couple of times and you are ready.

    You can count without the shoe. Just have someone deal and play for the dealer and have at it...
  • i know i can play without a shoe, but i want one. you think it is worth it to play with 6 decks at home if i plan on playing 6 decks in a casino? and how much does bs vary from sd to 6 deck? and thanks for helping out again
  • In the game of blackjack there are about 400 different situations that you are faced with and basic stragedy varies very little depending opon the rules.
    For all the different rule variations there is less than 10 changes. 11 vs a an ace single deck double shoe hit. 7,7 vs a 10 single deck stay shoe hit. That's all the changes I can think of the top of my head from single deck to six decks.
  • Wayne said:
    i know i can play without a shoe, but i want one. you think it is worth it to play with 6 decks at home if i plan on playing 6 decks in a casino? and how much does bs vary from sd to 6 deck? and thanks for helping out again


    The main difference between single-deck and six-deck shoes is the running count. In SD the running count doesn't go very high or very negative, usually. While in a shoe a running count of +20 or -15 is not that rare, because +20 translates to a TC of +5 with two decks dealt.

    That simply means it is better to practice counting with 6 decks if that is what you are going to be playing, so you won't be struggling with a RC of -17 and have to figure out what to do when you see 5 tens and 3 small cards and need to adjust the RC quickly. Most can count from -9 to +9 by ones and twos easily enough. But when you get to -25 to +25, they brain-lock and make errors that kills their EV.

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