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Card Counting and Shuffling…
Posted: 15 February 2014 01:24 AM   [ Ignore ]
3plusone
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I would like to know exactly why or how “shuffling the deck” effects your count when counting cards playing blackjack? Be it 1-2 or 6 decks. I cant seem to find this info anywhere….if you could explain or post a link that would be greatly appreciated!!!


I was told if the cards are “shuffled” card counting systems wont work….

I would like to know why?

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Posted: 15 February 2014 05:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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3plusone - 15 February 2014 01:24 AM

I would like to know exactly why or how “shuffling the deck” effects your count when counting cards playing blackjack?

I presume you are referring to continuous shuffling.  Counting cards allows the player to detect favorable conditions, specifically when the pack is rich in high cards, and to exploit that situation by betting more than at other times.  With a continuous shuffle machine used cards are returned to play immediately so that each hand starts with a fresh pack, hence conditions are never favorable when the player makes his/her bet.

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Posted: 15 February 2014 08:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thank you for the reply, If I may ask as well…

Where does “continuous” shuffling become a factor?

Is this a practice that is used when playing Blackjack “electronically or online”
For Example; with software such as “Microgaming” or any other platform that may be used to play Blackjack electronically/online?

if I may ask as well…

When playing blackjack online with a live dealer with let’s say a 6 deck shoe….
What are “Burn cards” and there intended purpose? And do you have to factor them in…
Also, When would the cards be most commonly shuffled? Just once…Prior to “game play”

Thanks again…
your help is most appreciated!
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Posted: 16 February 2014 05:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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3plusone - 15 February 2014 08:01 PM

Where does “continuous” shuffling become a factor?

Some brick and mortar casinos use actual machines to do continuous shuffling.  I confess that I have never seen one in action, but I presume the dealer places the cards in them as they are used instead of accumulating them off to the side for manual or machine shuffling after a few rounds.  With a continuous shuffler deck penetration is not an issue; the deck is always complete at the start of each round.

In a RNG (i.e. without live dealers) online or electronic game there are no physical cards and hence no need for a physical machine to shuffle them.  A freshly shuffled deck/shoe can be used for each round with simple programming.

3plusone - 15 February 2014 08:01 PM

When playing blackjack online with a live dealer ... .

I do not play online and so must defer to those who do for an answer.  With live play in general cards are burned to avoid the possibility of a player gaining an advantage by getting a glimpse of the top card(s) of a newly shuffled pack.

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