June 16th, 2018 at 7:07:14 PM permalink
Every time I hear the Shuffle Master is Rigged argument my head explodes.
Your head suffers from "premature explosion."
You walk into a small illegal casino in Moscow. In the backroom there is a dealer who is manually dealing Mississippi Stud -obviously without paying any royalties to Shufflemaster. You sit down to play but are nervous that the dealer is a card shark and can manipulate the cards. What do you look for? If the dealer were to cheat, how would he do it?
My post was a theoretical study of how the game of Miss. Stud could be rigged by a dishonest house -say in a lawless or third-world foreign nation or a self-regulated Indian Casino. I specifically said that I am not claiming this is happening in state-regulated casinos in North America. I never mentioned Shufflemaster.
So many casino industry advocates in this forum claim that it would be impossibly complex to rig a card game with an automated shuffler. They always seem to assume that a shuffler would need to know where a player was sitting so as to alter the players hand. In my post, I attempted to quantify how much the House Edge could, in theory, be affected by controlling the first card dealt in Miss Stud. Its just a ding-dong theoretical study. Your head exploded prematurely.
So many better men, a few of them friends, are dead. And a thousand thousand slimy things live on, and so do I.