I know basic strategy like the back of my hand, but I still deviate once in a blue moon if I get that "Feeling".
One time a dealer pissed me off at Binion's Horse Shoe, (not by doing anything other than beat my pants off) so I went on a quest to kick her butt and left the table $300 up. I broke all the rules.
But of course, that was the exception to the rule, but it sure was fun.
What about the flip side... by how much do you think the house advantage goes down due to dealer errors?
I tend to think it goes up because of dealer errors. In my opinion, about 80% of errors are in the dealer's favor. Of course, those are more likely to get challenged. Let's say players catch 60% of errors either way, but say nothing when it goes in their favor. So given there is an error, the probabilities are:
20% = Player's favor, player keeps his mouth shut.
48% = Dealer's favor, player opens his mouth.
32% = Dealer's favor, player didn't catch it.
Of course these are rough estimates.
1. Dealers also know the players are likely to speak up if a mistake goes against the player, giving them a safety net in that direction.
2. If the mistake goes against the house, the players won't give the dealer a chance to correct it. If surveillance catches the mistake, the dealer will have to answer for it later.
I'm sure the dealers want to deal a perfect game, but the consequences of mistakes against the house are greater, so they likely err on the side of the house more.
Old conversation, but what do you guys think the true house edge for other games are, namely video poker? Seems even an expert (I'm thinking of those that go through thousands and thousands of hand when the jackpot is right) would have a really hard time of not making a mistake and each individual mistake could be very costly.
I'm sure everybody makes mistakes either due to mental lapses, visual failure, or machine/hand failure. The game will have a big role, too. For example, the strategy for jacks or better is much easier than the strategy for many of the bonus poker variants.