- So what are those crazy shuffle machinesat the Blackjack tables and can you count cards at them?That's what I'm going to be talking about todayin this video.
(upbeat music)Hey guys, I'm Colin from Blackjack Apprenticeshipand I'm gonna talk about continuous shuffle machinesand if you can count cards at them.
There's three kinds of shuffling that you'll findat a Blackjack table in a casino.
The first is a hand shuffle where the dealer shufflesall the decks of cards together.
And they put it in the shoe and they deal till thecut card comes out.
The second is called a random or automatic shuffle machine.
And it works similarly where the dealer will putall the decks of cards into a machine,they'll shuffle them all together,then they'll pull all the decks of cards out,put it in a shoe, and deal till the cut card comes out.
Now both of those can be beaten with card counting.
But the third option is called a continuous shuffle machine.
And a continuous shuffle machine,the dealer's gonna deal out of a machine.
And after every round,they're gonna put the cards into the discard tray.
And after every couple of rounds,the dealer is gonna then take these cardsand put them back into this machinethat is shuffling all the decks together.
Now the bad thing about continuous shuffle machineis you only get at most, about a deck's worth of informationfor counting cards to try to beat that game.
That's really bad for us as card countersand so, we've always avoided them.
But recently, someone brought to my attention an articleby a guy named Steven Howe from discountgambling.
netwhere he says you can gain the advantage counting cardsat a continuous shuffle machine.
So I dug into his math and he's rightthat you can beat that game.
However, here's the problem.
Because you're only getting at most,a deck's worth of cards,you're never getting very high counts and you're not gettinghigh counts very frequently.
So using his formula, the math that he put in the articlethat you can look up,I put a five to five hundred dollar bet spreadwhich for a card counter, one to one hundred bet spreadis a very, very large bet spread.
But, I thought let's go crazy.
And using this bet spread,it gave an expected profit of $2 an hour.
So that would be $2 an hour of EV.
So this is horrible for a card counter.
If you compare that to, that same bet spreadfive to 500 dollars at a regular six deck gamewhere they cut off one and a half decks,where they deal four and a half decksand then they shuffle, that same bet spreadof five to 500 dollars would be worth about $150 an hour.
So, $2 an hour for counting cards at a CSM game,or $150 an hour counting cards at a regular Blackjack game.
Obviously, you can get a profit with a CSM gamebut it's not really worth your time.
Here's my conclusion.
If you're a gambler and you want to play a CSM gameand you wanna try to count cards, feel free.
But I don't know why you wouldn't playthe regular shoe game.
But please don't play a CSM game.
You're sending the wrong message to casinos.
What we want to tell casinos,is don't offer these CSM games wherethey're just preying on gamblers and getting even moreof an advantage and making it so that nobodycan actually beat them.
I'd rather nobody play a CSM gameso the casinos stop offering them.
We don't want more of these things, we want less.
All that to say, CSMs technically can be beat,but I don't think it's worth your time.
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