Dealers have enough of a time dealing and adding; surveillance tracks the counters.
First, I appreciate the spirited debate. I understand your position, just completely disagree with it.
Second, you're right it's strike three. I'm not at all convinced. Let's take the very specific case of games with both CSMs and 6:5. CSMs are a perfect countermeasure to card counters. And they're actually cheaper than the placard at the table. By eliminating down time between shoes they more than make up for the $2000/month they cost to rent. So let's look at an example. With 6D H17 (common on the strip before CSMs were introduced) the house edge is something like .57%. It's not easy to overcome that advantage in a 6D game, but it can be done. Now the CSM is introduced as a countermeasure for a small population of skilled counters. Card counting is now completely ineffective. So what's the point of now introducing 6:5? There's no longer a threat to defeat. The answer is very simple and one that I've repeated - shareholder value. Now, if you want to make the argument that a larger hold is needed to cover increased payroll costs for the dealers, higher maintenance charges for the facility, construction for new facilities, more lavish environment, etc then I think we have something to talk about. But let's please not pretend that 6:5 is about protecting the game from counters, or that APs were the direct cause of the 6:5 trend. I'm sure this is probably the way it's discussed by the operators, but I'm afraid it's a case of them starting to believe their own BS.
Third, I reserve the right lament anything I please. I choose not to play games that are a bad value, but I do not run over to the tables and try to persuade people not to play. It's their money, and if they choose to lose it more quickly than necessary it's their business. But I do not relinquish my right to complain. And I accept that others may reject my opinions and arguments, either in good spirit or not. And I will defend your right to express your opinions even though I disagree with you. Ain't this free speech thing great?!!
You're right, you may lament, but is it helpful? I look at trends, and it seems that as we progress into our more technologically advanced (or even procedurally more advanced) future, this door seems to be closing in an unstoppable fashion. Why deny it?
CSM's cost something like $2,000 per table month to rent. 6:5 is free. Remember the bean counters.....
6:5: 6:5 was introduced to both increase revenue and decrease card counting, to pay for expenses of operating a casino.
I didn't read all this thread so excuse me if this has been asked and answered.
Dan are you blaming AP'so for 6:5 BJ?
Yes or no answer please.