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Offline Jb

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Hand shuffled games
« on: August 01, 2016, 09:58:33 AM »
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  • Can someone list the casinos in the northeast that still hand shuffle the shoes in there baccarat games.


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    Re: Hand shuffled games
    « Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 02:41:13 AM »
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  • Any thoughts on hand shuffled baccarat games.  I would say that they are highly inferior to a machine shuffled game like that with Shuffle Master, etc.  Since the cards come pre-sorted in a specific order from the manufacturer, hand shuffles are subject to the skill of the dealer.  Even at their best effort, a dealer can never match the thorough nature of a machine shuffle.


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    Re: Hand shuffled games
    « Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 05:16:55 PM »
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  • Any thoughts on hand shuffled baccarat games.  I would say that they are highly inferior to a machine shuffled game like that with Shuffle Master, etc.  Since the cards come pre-sorted in a specific order from the manufacturer, hand shuffles are subject to the skill of the dealer.  Even at their best effort, a dealer can never match the thorough nature of a machine shuffle.


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    When they first came out, (used to be be all baccarat tables in High limit--the original ones with 14 players and 3 dealers where the players possess the shoe and deal the cards) as well as all mini tables on the main floors, were of course all hand open, wash and shuffle, etc.  When the machine came about, we all thought they produced less tacking, trends, patterns,etc.  But that went away with most players.  Those shoes all produced the same things, we just found something else to blame all the losing shoes on and we exploited that and dwelled on it.

    I remember two specific instances of explanations.   One, a casino set up a demonstration and placed cards in a pre-set order and had a chart set up with all the outcomes with numerous hands.  Then they let people cut the deck and each and every time, there was always a different outcome than what was pre-set.  Two, I have taking a couple of decks of cards and set them up, every which way.  I did the same thing with numerous varying cut card placements.  Always different, never held a pattern of pre-set outcomes. 

    I have said before, in many of the high limit rooms, where they do have the machines, many of the floor people will allow the dealer to do a quick shuffle if you are concerned about anything.
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    Re: Hand shuffled games
    « Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 05:48:07 PM »
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  • Thanks.  I still like the Shuffle Master or equivalent as the number one option.
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    Re: Hand shuffled games
    « Reply #4 on: November 06, 2017, 05:06:15 AM »
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  • After multiple sessions with hand shuffled baccarat shoes, I would argue to the nth degree that the game is absolutely different.  Dealers can never approach the thorough and fair level of the shuffle of a baccarat shoe achieved by a Shuffle Master system or equivalent with a fair cut and burn cards process.  Furthermore, you will most likely have a huge disparity in the level of quality of shuffle completed by different dealers.  That is, even though they are all supposed be using the same approach, many dealers will suck at it.  If a dealer goes through the process and cards are grouped/clumped together at times, it may look like they are doing a good enough job to players, floor managers, and surveillance, but they are not.   Baccarat is difficult enough without having to think or attempt to track which dealers may or may not being doing a good job shuffling as dealers are typically rotated in an out frequently.  But there may be an edge in the game created by this.  Who knows.

    From what I have directly experienced, a hand shuffled baccarat shoe will most likely have a higher number of natural 7's, natural 8's, and natural 9's.  Why?  Think about how a deck of cards arrives from the manufacturer.  And what does a higher number of naturals do for a baccarat game with high payout bets?  IT TAKES THEM OUT. Naturals also take out the hand right away with it more likely that less cards are dealt.  There is no 'reduce' card for that side so many hands will be a knock out right from the start.  I really have to go through the homework and check the posted stats as my house has both, but I noticed the difference in the section that changed to hand shuffle that night 100%.  More Player natural 7's for sure.  But these hand dealt baccarat shoes are still resulting in the same number of high 70's/ low 80's hands results.

    On the other hand a shuffle machine will slice, dice, and mince cards randomly in a thorough way and with the fair cut and burn card process, it produces a better result.  Baccarat shoes with the right shuffle and cut that result in a well above average amount of high payout bet wins did so because that process lined everything up just right and there are most likely average or below average naturals.

    Every baccarat shoe will be unique with either approach, but at this point I have lost all confidence in playing hand shuffled games.  The house has a view that there is no difference, and that should speak volumes.

    I have no relationship and never have had any relationship with Shuffle Master or any other gaming system company other than as a player.








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