# Casinos Pay Troubled Individuals to Intimidate Intelligent Gambling System Authors

## By Ion Saliu, Founder of Gambling Mathematics

Posted on August 04, 2000.

In Reply to: Casinos Show Their Ugly Faces When Intelligently Challenged posted by Shirley Ann Jennings on August 04, 2000.

• Blackjack card counting, as devised by Edward Thorp is a footnote to gambling history now. It offered a slight advantage in one-deck games, and especially towards the end of the deck. Ideally, a player could destroy the blackjack game IF knowing the composition of the deck AND the sequence of the remaining cards in the deck. The latter part is the REAL problem: Nobody will ever be able to know the sequence of the remaining cards in the deck.

The count may be +5, but often the sequence is Low (L) card, High (H) card, Low, Low, High, High, Low, Low, High, etc. Both the dealer AND the player has an equal probability to get an HLH hand AND bust. Luckily for the house, the player plays first and loses the bet immediately in the case of a bust. And that's what they call house advantage (HA).

• I went to the extreme in programming a blackjack application to play online or against the computer. The program provided what I call total blackjack card count. The count alone does NOT offer winning the game of blackjack automatically. You guessed it again: The staggering amount of card sequences is insurmountable, axiomatic one.

The dealer has the same probability to get the high cards. It is even more complicated when one considers that there are several players at the blackjack table. The cards, Low and High, will be distributed randomly among them. What makes a particular player believe he/she would be the one to get the High cards? In one-deck games, and only playing head-to-head against the dealer, there is a slightly higher chance for the player to get a blackjack. The dealer also has an equally higher chance to get a blackjack. The difference is the player is paid 150% for a blackjack, while the dealer always gets 1 to 1 for a natural. Let's say the player has a 2% higher probability to get a blackjack (for a positive count, including Aces). Under normal circumstances (count = 0, neutral), the probability of a blackjack is just under 5%. What is 2% of 5%? 0.002 x 0.005 = 0.00001; that is, 0.001% better probability! I do not want to enter into the mathematical details of card counting.

Suffice to say: The effect of card counting at blackjack is negligible these days. The danger is that most players expect to really win if the count is positive. So, they increase the bet, and keep increasing the bet. The result can be a much faster pace to bankruptcy. Suppose, absurdly, it is true a card-counter has a 2% advantage at blackjack. Does it make sense to play blackjack? The card counter can still lose a lot of money. Wouldn't it be wiser to invest the money in the stock market, or a savings account, or in CD? The investor gets at least 3%-4%, much better in most cases…

Quod erat demonstrandum! Exactly what I said: You are Chip! The very same reaction! I challenged you, Chip, to casino testing our roulette systems, and you got mad erupting. I demonstrated in my previous post (to Anne "Don't-Call-Me-Chip" Shirley) that card counting has no mathematical foundation. Again, you erupted in rage. You are seriously troubled! Blackjack card counting afflicted a deep wound on your psyche. You may have paid lots of money on it and may have lost lots of money with it in casinos. It's not my fault. Actually, like other readers of this BBS, you can make money with my free roulette system. Hey, is that what troubles you most these days? You know that I can track you. You can run but you can't hide. Keep your problems away from this place. No more postings, no more (blocked-out) emails. The law requires you to e-behave! Regardless of who you are, behind your mask…

• Gambling Mathematics Applied to Blackjack: The Myth and Deception of Blackjack Counting Cards.
~ Chip had started a thread on blackjack card counting and how it was shown on CBS's 60 Minutes; the TV network did not realize the fake conceived by the casino and Ken Uston! Kenny won at will in a game that's close to coin tossing at best!

### Ion Saliu's note 2008

The casinos pay troubled individuals to intimidate intelligent system authors in order to eliminate serious financial losses caused by intelligent gambling system players. The casinos even sponsor gambling forums and websites! Most of such forums and sites go extinct by the day…by the year! You can read quite a few revealing articles at this very Web site.

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