Hmm, I have to question the randomness of the cards. My hand has a 2, four 3's and a 4. The dealer has two 2's, three 4's and a 5. Combined, that's three 2's, four 3's, four 4's and a 5. Somethings fishy here.
Just to see if it's a fluke, I've played another hand. This time the dealer has two 5's and I've got a five and three 6's.
Seems it's just incremental, not random at all. Oh, and my next hand is all 7's, so I split the first two, then got another and tried to split again which it allows, but doesn't do properly (just adds the new seven to the first split hand).
So, to make this better I suggest you check out how you're handling the randomness of the cards and also establish the rules you're using for splits and double downs: can you double down after a split? Can you split more than once? If you can, it's important to know up front.
I've managed to publish test version that doesn't shuffle the cards. Thanks for letting me know! I've just published new version; please try it out when you have time and tell me if everything is OK.
As for splitting and doubling - I was thinking about exposing those settings. For now you can only split once, and you are allowed to double on any cards after splitting.
Also I thought about exposing other important settings - like number of decks, what percentage of deck is dealt, does dealer hits soft 17 (now he doesn't). And now that I started thinking about it - you are allowed to get as many cards as you want after splitting aces, that would be another important setting.
As soon as I get time I'll work on that... and in the meantime please do not hesitate to drop more comments if you have them.
I quit when I was back to even. That's why I like blackjack. You can play for quite awhile without losing too much money (I just got back from Vegas a week ago, but didn't get to play much - too many other things going on).
I didn't keep count, but it seems to shuffle fairly often - is it using a single deck?
Yeah - 1 deck... I made it that way in order to see if I can put in practice things I've read from that Blackjack book. Allegedly, with proper card counting and ranging bets from 1-8 units you have advantage of 2.5% over the house.
As said previously - plan is to expose this as setting in UI (my Shoe class already supports it), so user can practice with any number of decks... but as you are saying - too many other things going on.
Anyway, Drew, thanks a lot for providing valuable feedback!
Ya, you can count and have an advantage. It's a lot tougher in real-life, though, because of all the distractions and other players at the table. I've heard that most online blackjack games reshuffle after each hand, so counting doesn't work on them.
Fun to learn, though. I went through all that back in the late 80's before a trip to Vegas where I got to try everything I learned. I won some money that time, but probably more due to luck than my counting ability.
About 20 days ago I went to casino to "try everything I learned". Brought $200 and went out of casino with another $200. Played perfect Basic Strategy but couldn't keep count... and ended with same thought: "I've had luck".
Either the list of timezone keys here is wrong or what Microsoft is using is wrong. I thought I'd just compare this list to the one found in Windows' change timezone drop down and within about 20 seconds I saw that the values for "Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd" are different between the two lists. The one here has it GMT+3:00 and Microsoft Windows is using GMT+4:00.
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