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Craps Tip/Choppy Table

Every Craps Player hates a choppy table. A choppy table is one where the shooters are establishing a point and then sevening out within a couple of rolls.  It makes it almost impossible for a pass line player to stay in the game.  I have two suggestions for you.  #1 Pick up your chips and walk away.  #2 Place 10 dollars on the Don't Pass Line.  After a point is made- lets say 5.  Place 6 dollars on both the 6 & 8. To be cautious take one hit on the 6 or 8 or two rolls which ever comes first. If you get a hit within the two rolls take your profit of $7 and take your place bets down. Now you'll be up 7 dollars and waiting for a 7 to be thrown which puts you in a 6 to 4 advantage. If a 7 is thrown you will have won 7 + 10 =17.  If the shooter hits the point 5 then you will win 7 and lose 10 for a -$3. If your 6 & 8 don't hit (you will have taken them down) again you are now in an advantage position (6 to 4) to win your $10 don't pass bet. If you want to be a little more aggressive, you can try two hits on the 6 & 8 or three rolls which ever comes first before you take your place bets down.  This is a basic hedge play to combat the sinister choppy table. 

 

Blackjack Tip - Aces Friend or Foe?

I was in Vegas a month ago at the Mirage playing blackjack.  The gentleman next to me was dealt an A-2 versus the dealer 8. He asked for a hit which is the correct play versus the dealer 8.  He was dealt another Ace. Now he has Ace-2 -Ace which is 4 or 14. He took another hit which is correct. The card was 6. He now has Ace-2-Ace-6 which adds to 10 or 20?  He should have stood on the 20 but didn't. He hit the 10 which is the wrong decision.  He ended up losing the hand by busting.  He made a fundamental error under the pressures of live play with a table full of players. Aces can be your friend or they can be your enemy. An Ace in Blackjack can count as eleven or one. There are two lessons to learn here.

#1 When dealt two Aces they can count as 1+1=2, 1+11=12, 11+1=12. Be sure to pick the best hand to play.      #2  Becoming an excellent Blackjack player goes beyond learning basic strategy. You must practice your basic strategy along with hand counting so fundamental mistakes like this don't happen to you. I cannot emphasize this point enough.

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I was playing in Las Vegas about two months ago and I feel it is appropriate to share this experience.  The gentleman next to me was playing $30 per hand with a $200 bankroll.  The cards were dealt and he was dealt 4,4 vs the dealers 6.  The correct play is to split which he did. He now had $60 out on the table.  His second card/first hand was another 4 which he split again. He now had $90 on the table. His second card/first hand was a 5.  He now had to double down on that which which moved his total wagers to $120.  He was dealt an additional 10 on the first hand and a 9 on the second hand. He stood on both which is correct. The second card on his third hand was another 4 which he had to split and pony in another $30.  He now had $150 on the table among three hands due to splitting and doubling down.  To make a long story short, the dealer ended with a 6,9,5 for a total of 20.  Although the player was in an advantage position, he ended up losing all of his hands. The lesson to learn is this:

1. Be conservative with your wager amounts.  Splitting and Doubling hands can destroy you if you don't have the bankroll to support it.  A good rule of thumb is to keep your initial bet at 5% of your bankroll amount.

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Every Craps Player hates a choppy table. A choppy table is one where the shooters are establishing a point and then sevening out within a couple of rolls.  It makes it almost impossible for a pass line player to stay in the game.  I have two suggestions for you.  #1 Pick up your chips and walk away.  #2 Place 10 dollars on the Don't Pass Line.  After a point is made- lets say 5.  Place 6 dollars on both the 6 & 8. To be cautious take one hit on the 6 or 8 or two rolls which ever comes first. If you get a hit within the two rolls take your profit of $7 and take your place bets down. Now you'll be up 7 dollars and waiting for a 7 to be thrown which puts you in a 6 to 4 advantage. If a 7 is thrown you will have won 7 + 10 =17.  If the shooter hits the point 5 then you will win 7 and lose 10 for a -$3. If your 6 & 8 don't hit (you will have taken them down) again you are now in an advantage position (6 to 4) to win your $10 don't pass bet. If you want to be a little more aggressive, you can try two hits on the 6 & 8 or three rolls which ever comes first before you take your place bets down.  This is a basic hedge play to combat the sinister choppy table. 

 

Everyone who plays Blackjack knows to always split Aces and Eights.  What about Tens! I've been asked "If you split them, you have two good hands instead of one?"  What should you do?  Here is the basic strategy breakdown.

  Player is dealt 10,10 or J,10 or Q,10 or K,K etc.

Dealer 2 Win Lose Dealer 3 Win Lose
Stand 82 18 Stand 82 18
Split 59 41 Split 60 40
Stand +28   Stand +24  

 

Dealer 4 Win Lose Dealer 5 Win Lose
Stand 83 17 Stand 84 16
Split 61 39 Split 63 17
Stand +20   Stand +16  

 

Dealer 6 Win Lose Dealer 7 Win Lose
Stand 85 15 Stand 89 11
Split 64 36 Split 62 38
Stand +13   Stand +27  

 

Dealer 8 Win Lose Dealer 9 Win Lose
Stand 89 11 Stand 88 12
Split 60 40 Split 55 45
Stand +41   Stand +54  

 

Dealer 10 Win Lose Dealer A Win Lose
Stand 78 22 Stand 82 18
Split 51 49 Split 54 46
Stand +51   Stand +51  

 

As you can see, splitting 10's produces two good hands.  However, standing on 20 is by far the best decision versus the dealer's 2 - Ace.  This is fundamental to Blackjack Basic Strategy. When dealt a pair of tens, the player should always stand.

 

 

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