For the ones that use a six deck shoe, shuffled after 2/3rds of the deck, I've heard it said that you can "decay" the count and essentially count the game.

Is this possible and can you speak about it?

Quote:teddysQuestion, regarding the Shufflemaster games:

For the ones that use a six deck shoe, shuffled after 2/3rds of the deck, I've heard it said that you can "decay" the count and essentially count the game.

Is this possible and can you speak about it?

Any game that does not always shuffle between hands is, in theory, countable. Most Shufflemaster games are poker variants, and thus shuffle between hands. For the rest it is just a question of how effective it is. For example, baccarat is in theory countable, but without a computer you could play all day waiting for one positive EV bet.

Anyway, per the original post, I have a draft of my first Ask the Wizard column since January. Before announcing it on my Odds site, I welcome all comments and corrections.

Also, while it's probably not around any more, 9/6 Royal Aces offers a prize of 800 times the bet every 3,729.24 hands on average.

Quote:JBHmm. In the answer to the question I offered, I disagree about Joker Poker having a higher chance of a royal. Running the 17/7 paytable through the calculator indicates that perfect strategy yields a natural royal once every 40,466.58 hands.

I just double check it and stand by my figure. Perhaps you put in a different pay table. I put in the 98.44% Kings pay table.

Quote:Also, while it's probably not around any more, 9/6 Royal Aces offers a prize of 800 times the bet every 3,729.24 hands on average.

Good point. I just added mention of that game.

Quote:WizardI just double check it and stand by my figure. Perhaps you put in a different pay table. I put in the 98.44% Kings pay table.

Yes, that's where the difference is. I was using a prize of 800 for the royal. Using 940 does yield the figure you quoted.

Quote:WizardAnyway, per the original post, I have a draft of my first Ask the Wizard column since January. Before announcing it on my Odds site, I welcome all comments and corrections.

Slight typo on the last question,

Quote:What we see is that by the third generation the proportion of the population with red hair will converge to 3.85%.

The table shows 3.89% (and technically 3.90% after the 3rd generation if you're rounding to 2 decimal points).

It is important to note that if a bingo is called on the 4th number, all bingos on the 5th number become void. It goes up $50 per regular game and starts at $500. If there is more than one winner on the eligible books, the pot is shared.

What is the chance of hitting it (in 4 and 5 numbers)?

Is there a break even point?