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Scobe's Quick Tips: #57 and #58 (Many Dealers Are Not Expert Players, Splitting 4s and 5s)

10 October 2003

Scobe's Quick Tip #57

Many dealers are not expert players.

They know the game from the casino's side. That means they know what the payoffs are for the various bets but they do not necessarily know the house edge or odds of the bets they handle.

Generally a dealer who knows his or her stuff will answer advice by saying: "The book says..." as opposed to "well, in my opinion...." If they say the former, listen; if they say the latter, you are on your own!

For more information on gambling read Thrifty Gambling by John Brokopp and Ask Barney by Barney Vinson.

Scobe's Quick Tip #58

Many blackjack players have been told that they should never split a pair of 4s or 5s.

This is only half true. You should never split 5s.

However, in games where you are allowed to double after splits, you should split your 4s when the dealer has an upcard of 5 or 6.

You want to be able to double down after the split and get as much money on the table as possible when the dealer is in such a vulnerable situation.

For more information on blackjack read Frank Scoblete's Best Blackjack, John May's Get the Edge at Blackjack, and Henry Tamburin's Blackjack Take the Money and Run.

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Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution!

> More Books By Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

> More Books By Frank Scoblete