BlackJack – Shuffle Tracking

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This is a fairly new technique that has not been publicized very much. The best definition I have seen is this one: “‘Shuffle-tracking‘ is the science of following specific cards through the shuffling process for the purpose of either keeping them in play or cutting them out of play.” The concept of Shuffle tracking appears …

The Methods, The Men, The Myths and The Message Part 2

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The Thorp “Ten-count System” Thorp was the first to exploit this idea of dependency. He devised a counting system for beating the game and published it in his book Beat the Dealer in 1962. He called it the Ten-count System, and it was aimed at the single-deck game, then standard in all Nevada casinos. It …

The Methods, The Men, The Myths and The Message Part 1

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The Beginning Although there are legends about old time blackjack players getting an edge by “casing” the single deck, the modern history of blackjack advantage system development starts in 1958 with the publication of the basic strategy for playing the hands by Cantey, McDermott, Maisel and Baldwin. Initially published in the American Journal of the …