The casino I play at has just introduced the King 4 deck shuffle machine to all BJ tables. Cards are re-introduced after every round. Is there a strategy to beat these machines - they're killing me at the moment.
Don't play these things. Inform casino management that you will be taking your gambling dollars elsewhere. Encourage others to do likewise. Encourage dealers to complain about them (dealers don't like them, either).
If the casino sees the hold on the BJ tables drop noticeably (along with hearing lots of complaints), they will get rid of these infernal machines. It has worked in some casinos.
....right behind the players, without playing.
The first time the dealer pulls one of those miraculous hands like hitting a 10,6 about four times to make 21, (or something similar) laugh real loud and say something like:
"Man, you gotta be an idiot to play against one of those deck-stacking machines!" and then turn and walk away. Don't stick around to argue with players, or the pit or anybody else. Just plant the seed and leave.
Watch how many of the players at the table will start to suddenly remember somewhere else they are need to be!
Another good one:
(I like to do it with a real heavy southern accent)
"With these here dealin' machines, 'ya never see all the cards at one time. How'da I know the casino hadn't taken some cards out? Or maybe they jest got that machine programmed to spit cards out in the right order so thu dealer'll win more 'a mah money! Ah just don't trust a game where you can't see all them cards all the time, like's in a shoe game!"
-What makes this one work is that there are a lot of people who believe all that crap about "messing up the order" of the cards.
Most non-counters really know the house has the advantage, but they are hoping to buck the odds in the short run.
As counters, we can use non-counter's erroneous beliefs involving the short run to OUR advantage, and do it without hurting those other players.
(Cue the patriotic background music.)
By doing this, you'll not only be helping yourself, but you'll be helping other counters as well. -Kinda makes you feel proud, don't it?
Thanks. I thought you would all say that but I was hoping for a miracle. What I forgot to say was that after a short trial on a few tables they have put these machines on EVERY table. To make it worse there is only 1 casino in my state (Western Australia) so it looks like I'll have to find another hobby. They have introduced pontoon (BJ with no 10's). It starts at true -4 with 8 decks and just gets worse. My simulations show a house advantage of 2.5% for it. Looks like I'll have to learn how to play the stock market!