continue to increase their use of conventional shufflers in order
to increase their hands-per-hour where feasible. I believe
continuous shufflers have peaked and are now on the decline as
players increasingly learn not to play against them.
It also appears that fake double-deck is on the wane as well.
Super-fun 21 and 6:5 payoffs on blackjacks in single-deck are the
current casino "fad" being used to increase the hold from un-suspecting players. I don't perceive of a decline in Spanish 21,
which is too bad since it's been one of the most persistently popular
casino games that were designed to enhance casino hold over standard
It is the latest scam by casinos to separate the unwary from their bankroll.
A modified Casinovisions Random Ejection Shuffler loaded with eight decks is used. This is a CSM that, instead of spitting the cards out one at a time, produces a pack of 104 cards. The dealer then removes the pack from the shuffler and deals as though it were a conventional double deck game. That is, the cards are dealt face down, the players handle the cards, etc.
So, at a glance, it looks like a double deck game, but is in reality an 8 deck shoe with only two decks penetration. It has the same house advantage as an 8 deck game with the same rules, and of course, any attempt at counting is a waste of time (not to mention money).
Most (but not all) casinos will have a small sign somewhere on the table that reads, "Handheld Multi-deck Game" or something similar.
Note that a Random Ejection shuffler is often used in real double deck games as well.
The quickest way to spot the fake game is to look at the backs of the cards in play, and compare them to the backs of the cards in the shuffler. If it is a real double deck game (using two packs) the cards in the shuffler will have different color backs than those in play.
Oh... I get it. Kinda sneaky of them to "hand" deal the cards for the effect. Hard to pull off in a "fake" single deck game as if I was dealt two Ace's of spades, I would KNOW something wasn't right, but faking a double deck could fool me for a while.
As far as the two deck penetration, I "assume" that the "second" 104 cards that are dispensed is after another shuffle, to prevent counting as you mentioned.
Will have to keep my eye on those filthy dealers. Thanks to you and Willi.
street. Some of the "grungy" places (that's what Bryce Carlson calls some of the downtown casinos - where he says you'll end up playing low stakes if you can't camo your game) run fake doubles. Four Queens has several, that's why I call it the Four Queers.... Fitzgerald does also. I hit a lot of places DT and in Henderson every week, many have shuffle machines. Check them and the fine print signs out, some use then just to get another dozen hands an hour - that and a truly random deck are actually to your benefit if you like DD.