On the cruises I have been on, blackjack is dealt from an eight deck shoe, with the cut card placed about three decks from the end. Trying to count against this setup is just not worth the trouble.
I have seen the more experienced dealers sometimes place the cut card only one deck from the end. I assume they would do this after sizing up the players at the table.
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I love to play BJ so for me this thread is entertaining. If one wants to play serious BJ while enjoying all the other cruising fun stuff then I strongly recommend NCL. They have excellent BJ games and is very player friendly. My last few cruises have been with Princess and Carnival, both lines now have those hideous Continous Shuffling Machines which make it impossible to count cards, if you are into that. Also, NCL BJ tables stay on "soft" 17 (example ace and a six), plus they have excellent shoe penetration; their player comps aren't bad either.........Jim H.
58 yo single widower. Love to cruise and meet new people.
All the Carnival ships I've been on lately have the 8 deck auto shuffling machines......how would you ever be able to count cards with that?
On the theory that a person's poor play affects your wins....I've never heard anyone give the bad player an "attaboy" when they all win because of that player's bad playing. It's human nature to only notice when you lose.....my 2 cents on the subject.....
Imagine meeting you here! (strayed from CC this morning, as nothing of interest was going on).
I actually thanked the idiot next to me on my last cruise - his dumb move saved my hand. I don't think that he appreciated the situation though -
On our last Carnival cruise there were a LOT of bad players. People standing on A-5 with the dealer showing an 8... and my favorite: a fellow who STOOD on a 7-4, that's right - he STOOD on an 11. BTW, I recall both of those situations well because I lost a couple of hundred on those hands... So you are correct, we do tend to remember more vividly those stiuations where bad play TANKED our hands!!!
For others reading this - if you have not already been there, check out wizardofodds.com - GREAT advice, with strong statistical reasoning. As a matter of fact, he suggests STANDING on 3+ card 16's vs. the dealer TEN. I have done this HUNDREDS of times, most often I would have busted anyway, but that 4 or 5 coming out as the next card hurts! Let's face it 16 is bad either way. Additionally he indicates that the CSM's offer a SLIGHT statistical advantage for the NON COUNTING player. Interesting reading anyway for the beginner, or for those wishing to polish their skills.