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Ask the Wizard #39
Jim from Winona, Minnesota
No casino that had any sense would ask someone to leave just for getting lucky. Most would try hard to keep them from leaving and entice them back once they returned home.
Craig from Detroit, USA
You're just rehashing the gambler's fallacy. If the ball landed in odd 100 times in a row on a fair wheel the odds that the next spin would be even are still the same as every spin, 47.37% on a double zero wheel. So it does not help that you can spin without betting. The ball does not have a memory.
Karter from Calgary, Canada
Mathematically speaking, it doesn't make any difference.
Blair from Christchurch, New Zealand
Your expected loss would be 100*$5*.005=$2.50. The standard deviation of one hand is 1.17, which can be found in my blackjack appendix 7. So, one standard deviation in your example is $5*1.17*sqr(100)=$58.5. So, the probability of losing $295 or more due to bad luck is .00135 (the Z statistic for -3).
No, you were paid correctly. The 11 does pay 15:1 on the $5 of your bet. However you lost the other $15 on the 2, 3, and 12. So $75-$15=$60. Instead of taking the $15 from your bet, they take it from the winnings.
Peter from Orlando, Florida
I lost 98 units there overall. If every hand was an even money win or a loss then I would have won 170 hands and lost 268.
Reana from Fairport, U.S.
All Unified Gaming casinos as well as Global Player offer Spanish 21. Unified Gaming stands on a soft 17 and thus has the lower house edge.
2013 Update: Unified Gaming software has since disappeared. As far as I know, nobody offers Spanish 21 online any longer.
T&M from Philadelphia, U.S.
First, it takes a lot of time to learn the theory and strategy of card counting and get your counting speed up to casino play. You will also need a large bankroll of at least $50,000, but preferably $100,000. To make a decent living you have to be comfortable with a bet spread of at least $25-$300 and it takes a large bankroll to sustain the ups and downs. For most people, I think it is better to play part time.
T from Las Vegas, U.S.
There are 103 cards remaining in the two decks and 32 are tens. So the probability of a blackjack is 32/103=31.07%.
Kevin from Lorain, USA
Assuming you are not peeking at any other player's cards, it doesn't make any difference. Have a good time in Reno.
Calvin from Long Beach, USA
If the odds against something are 4 to 1 then there are 4 chances it won't happen and one chance that it will. So, in this example, the probability would be 1/5. It doesn't matter what the probability is, if the events are independent then the past does not matter.