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Thanks for your kind words. I hope this helps, but it really takes a course in statistics to truly understand. Just go to the Instant Play casino and then then click "practice" for blackjack. However I won't claim that all of them are. Online casinos are not the only ones to offer positive expectation games. The faster play, one on one play, and the larger spreads do not help nor hurt the casual player.

Let me save you the trouble. If every hand was an even money win or a loss then I would have won hands and lost Thanks wizard of odds blackjack forum the compliments.

Others shuffle at random times but do not indicate exactly when to the player. This will slow down the game and possibly prevent bigger bettors from playing.

As far as I know, they actually shuffle after every hand, but for reasons I do not understand, only indicate a shuffle occasionally. I speculate the creators of the software made a mistake and only intended to offer late surrender on tens and aces, as was the case with the preceding version. Bovada has lots of games you can play for fun, including blackjack. Most online casinos shuffle the cards after every hand. Most online casinos shuffle after every hand. Both combinations weight the various outcomes differently, but they average to the same number. Starting from hand your results could fall anywhere on a new bell curve. Assuming you aren't playing just the bad ones, I would suggest your losing is just the result of bad luck. However, if you track the cards between these announcements you will sometimes see the same card twice, which is impossible in a single-deck game, assuming you believe them about when they shuffle. Unified Gaming had a blackjack game with an 0. I know that one software company randomly picks two cards in the deck and reverses them, and repeats this numerous times. However, much more important is the fact that you don't have to feel obligated to tip in an online casino. You'll enjoy a player edge of 0. According to my blackjack house edge calculator , the house edge with these rules, assuming eight decks, is 0. The effect of infinite decks, compared to eight, is 0. I think that the vast majority on online casinos are fair. If the cards are shuffled after every hand there is no use in card counting, other than applying my composition dependent basic strategy exceptions. I attribute your better results in online casinos to any combination of luck, better rules, and not having to tip. Since learning of this technique, that is also how I shuffle in my random simulation programs. So, the total house edge would be 0. It would take five standard deviations probability of 1 in 3. I suspect you are exaggerating about sometimes only winning 20 hands out of , that would be very unlikely. Cyberstud poker is the same thing as Caribbean Stud Poker, with a slightly more generous pay table. I would download some Internet casino software and just play in free mode. All combinations of bets in roulette yield the same expected return, assuming the dreaded five-number combination is avoided. Unless you provide some hard data I can't comment on that. The reason the casinos can afford to do this is that the vast majority of players make errors in strategy. Personally, I like to see four standard deviations south of expectations probability of 1 in 31, before I get suspicious. They do allow late surrender even though it states otherwise in their rules. Assuming you put the greatest priority on player odds I would have to go with a Unified Gaming casino. The expected return is 5. I give the house edge figures as a service to my visitors. Thanks a lot. Unless you are card counting, it is to your advantage that they shuffle after every hand. You also seem to also imply that this casino is not dealing a fair game. Douglas from Cumberland, Maryland. However, the six-deck game at Unified Gaming casinos shuffles at a random point in the deck. As someone who has played hundreds of hours of blackjack in casinos all over the U. Steve from Canada. What is an infinite deck? See my blackjack appendix3A for all the details. In other words, in a physical casinos the player will see slightly more small cards than large cards over the long run, which is bad for the player. You can correctly use the Cryptologic basic strategy to play at a GamblingSoftware. Some people believe that Microgaming has a "take down" mode in which the player will lose like crazy for a period of time. The way I see it, since the expected outcome is an approximately Please help me understand this point! Once an event has happened it is no longer a random variable but a cold hard outcome. If I remember correctly, Cryptologic casinos do indeed indicate when they are shuffling their eight-deck shoe. Many Real Time Gaming casinos offer a joker poker game with an expected return of Other casinos have promotions in which the player who plays the most hands in a period of time wins a prize, in which a robot player would have a clear advantage. You have already pointed out some of the advantages of online blackjack, as opposed to a physical casino. I called one online casino that uses Unified Gaming and they were not even aware the new software allowed for early surrender on aces. This works to the player's disadvantage because more cards will be dealt when the shuffle point is reached in a deck rich in small cards than one rich in big cards. However, I have a lot of faith in the fairness of Microgaming and believe that it is just chance you are having streaky games. At single deck casinos Boss Media version 1, Microgaming, Unified Gaming you can use the cards already on the table to alter your play sometimes. Dealing out cards at random will not test you often enough on the soft doubles and splits. If these are good rules could you point out a good strategy. If you double on 11 at a Microgaming casino and the dealer gets a blackjack you will lose the total amount bet. In the land casinos they will usually play until a specific point is reached in the deck, finish that hand, and then shuffle. There are some casinos that play into a shoe a little way but not far, and have restrictive betting limits. It was determined using a random simulation program of mine. Money management has nothing to do with it. There are numerous ways an online casino might cheat, but a bad shuffle I don't think is one of them. Manual shuffling is more vulnerable to a biased shuffle and consequently some players try to exploit this by shuffle tracking and card clumping. Both games are both shuffled after every hand. No account required, just one click and you're in. So these alleged "take down" periods I think are just normal bad luck and that all Microgaming casinos deal a fair game. Using basic strategy some Las Vegas casinos offer games with a negative house edge. It is to be expected that in any game the player will occasionally have bad losing streaks, as well as good winning streaks. I have heard of other casinos that also penetrate more than one hand into a shoe, but I don't recall which ones. However some casinos do offer games with a player advantage if played properly. Update Jan 22, Unified Gaming changed the rules of their game years ago to remove the player advantage. You're right that the third column has eight reds and four blacks. However to learn proper basic strategy I would recommend making flash cards with every possible play. As long as any method of shuffling is done enough times the deck should be properly randomized. Check out my casino blacklist for casinos I had problems with. I have yet to be convinced of any worthwhile opportunity on the Internet to count cards. I have never played at the Vegas Palms. About your second question the bell curve is a forward looking estimate of the sum of many random variables. That is not enough to warrant an accusation of cheating. At Unified Gaming the blackjack would be turned over immediately if the up card were a ten so there is no risk of losing to a blackjack when doubling in this situation. I lost 98 units there overall. I have noticed Microgaming casinos flash the word "shuffling" about one hand in four. Based on one deck the expected value of each hand considering the possibility of a dealer blackjack is Splitting is also better for the 4-deck game, which no Microgaming player should be playing since a 1-deck game with the same rules is available. You can not mix together past and future events. There are video poker games all over the country with a positive expectation assuming optimal strategy. It could easily be simple bad luck.