ybot
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January 16th, 2020 at 12:51:52 PM permalink
Hi, how do you calculate it?
In which situations you may or not play more than house edge?
DogHand
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January 16th, 2020 at 1:36:50 PM permalink
Quote: ybot

Hi, how do you calculate it?
In which situations you may or not play more than house edge?

ybot,

The casino calculates the "hold" on a given table by dividing the amount of money won from the players by the players' total buy-in.

For example, say you buy \$100 worth of chips on a BJ table. You play for awhile, and eventually leave with only \$25. If that's the only action on that table, the hold would be (\$100 - \$25)/\$100 = 0.75, or 75%.

Hope this helps!

Dog Hand
ybot
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January 16th, 2020 at 1:46:05 PM permalink
Why do Casino reports say that their average hold percentage is 11% while their edge over the player is 2.7% 5.4% or any other lower than 11%?
Does it mean they earn more than house edge?

Ybot
BleedingChipsSlowly
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January 16th, 2020 at 1:54:16 PM permalink
The edge is calculated for best play. For example, a blackjack player using “best strategy” decisions. Most players do not play that well, which increases the house hold. Also, players will lose their entire bankroll and must stop play at a loss when they are unlucky. The casinos have deeper pockets.
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ybot
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January 16th, 2020 at 1:58:56 PM permalink
In BJ you can play best strategy but in other games it is pure luck. No matter what you do you have equal disadvantage.
unJon
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Thanks for this post from:
January 16th, 2020 at 2:02:33 PM permalink
Quote: ybot

In BJ you can play best strategy but in other games it is pure luck. No matter what you do you have equal disadvantage.

If keep playing your money through a house edge of 2.5% multiple times, the hold will grow to a number much larger than 2.5%.
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.
rsactuary
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January 16th, 2020 at 2:04:29 PM permalink
Quote: ybot

Why do Casino reports say that their average hold percentage is 11% while their edge over the player is 2.7% 5.4% or any other lower than 11%?
Does it mean they earn more than house edge?

Ybot

Because people keep gambling and "recycling" the money until they have none left.

If I sit at a BJ table with \$100 and play until it's gone... the hold is 100%, but that doesn't change the house edge of 2.7%.
ybot
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January 16th, 2020 at 2:04:32 PM permalink
Quote: unJon

If keep playing your money through a house edge of 2.5% multiple times, the hold will grow to a number much larger than 2.5%.

Why, how do you calculate it?
unJon
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January 16th, 2020 at 2:06:17 PM permalink
Quote: ybot

Why, how do you calculate it?

One minus the amount of chips cashed out of a table divided by the amount of chips bought from table.
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.
DogHand
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January 16th, 2020 at 2:07:47 PM permalink
Quote: ybot

Why do Casino reports say that their average hold percentage is 11% while their edge over the player is 2.7% 5.4% or any other lower than 11%?
Ybot

ybot,

Typically, the hold exceeds the house edge because the players reinvest their "winnings".