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November 12th, 2010 at 3:09:53 AM permalink
Hole card play is very valuable. If you were a psychic and knew what the dealer's hole card was, you would have an edge of 10 percent on every hand. Blackjack professionals developed many methods of determining the dealer hole card. Hole-carding tell you exactly how to play knowing both dealer cards.
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November 15th, 2010 at 7:44:56 AM permalink
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December 16th, 2010 at 11:54:12 AM permalink
"Eurpoean No-Hole Card" = Lose all doubles/splits etc. - Disadvantage for the player

Regular No-Hole Card = Lose only original bet - Absolutely no HA difference to hole-card blackjack. Only slows the game down for the house. Player plays under the assumption that there is no dealer blackjack in either a Regular No-Hole Card or a Hole-Card case, but all hit/draw/stand/double/split plays are irrelevent if the dealer draws a blackjack after all hands are played on a Regular No-hole Card game. Unless you intend to hit/double a blackjack hand, in which case you jeapordize a possible push and win Vs a Hole-Card game where you jeapordise just a win, there is no difference.
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December 30th, 2010 at 7:29:16 PM permalink
No hole card in Aussie casinos, dealer BJ wins players' original bet only (in addition, splitting once only & no surrender).
When dealer's upcard is either an Ace (insurance is offered) or a 10, hole card is peeped. If no BJ, player will know that below Ace upcard is a 9 or less & below 10 upcard is not an Ace.
Player can then be more confident to split 8-8 or A-A or double down on 11 or 10.
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December 31st, 2010 at 8:08:17 AM permalink
Quote: mkl654321

... for instance, if the dealer checks twice under a ten, you can be pretty sure that the hole card is something that might look like an Ace at first glance: a 2 or 3 because of the way the pips are arranged, or a 4 because the upper part of the numeral looks like the upper part of an "A".

Blackjack table slide-in "hole checkers" only show an Ace or nothing at all under a ten-card. A non-ace card cannot look like an ace, because nothing is seen for a non-ace card when the cards are slid vertically into the peeker. This is because Ace cards have a "four corner" pip design that shows up in a peeker, and non-ace cards have only a two pip design.

For checking tens under an Ace (when calling for insurance), the ten card pips are place at a higher location on the card, so that tens will show the pip and the non-ten cards also show nothing.

There is no non-ace card that "looks like an ace" because all non-ace cards show nothing when checking under a ten.
There is also no pip showing when for non-ten cards when looking under an ace (sliding the cards in sideways for a Ten check).

This loophole was closed long ago with standard casino deck and peeker designs, because it was a give-away if the dealer were to check twice on a four card.
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December 31st, 2010 at 11:32:12 AM permalink
A few months ago I was playing at a casino while their peekers were broken. The dealers were forced to check by hand, and they were sloppy about it because they never had to do it. The tells were amazing. I played for five hours, and still lost :(
"Dice, verily, are armed with goads and driving-hooks, deceiving and tormenting, causing grievous woe." -Rig Veda 10.34.4

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