All casino lists (projects A through table F) must be read in the following way. The first column is the name of the casino. Column two gives the total number of Blackjack tables in that casino (remember that some or all of the tables may be closed, due to the season, shift or day of the week). Column shows three the number of platforms that are used. For example, “1/6” indicates that both single-deck games and six-deck shoes are available in that casino. Again, this will change due to the time (shift), day of the week, season of the year, holidays and the whims and desires of the casino managers.
Column four tells you the shuffle point (such as a remaining platform, half the remaining platform, etc.). This will only be useful for shoes, as the shuffle point for double-deck games and the singles will vary widely, even within the same casino, due to the whims of the pit bosses, dealers and the size of your bet .
Column five tells you whether or not casino offers give way. A dot in column five indicates that yield is allowed and “one E” in column thirteen indicates the initial yield. (Even if New Jersey is canceled, it can be reinstated.)
Column shows six casinos that allow doubling after the split (DASA) and the seven column show casinos that allow to double down on hard totals of nine or less. Column Eight tells which casinos allow the softness to be doubled and nine shows whether or not the casino hits the seventeen softness.
The limit of the house for Blackjack is indicated in column ten. This would be the maximum dollar amount you could bet on all one hand. This limit can be raised for you if you ask for the boss of the casino pit.
The column eleven tells you if the shoe games are face up or face down. Under the same circumstances, upward games are preferred because they make counting easier.
Column twelve indicates the number of play positions available for the table. The larger the number of positions, the easier it will be for you to find an empty spot at a table.
The last column, named “other,” is coded as follows:
A = you can re-split the axes. A = B bonus will be paid to you on certain hands, such as a Spade Blackjack (spades and spades ace), or 6-7-8 of the same suit, etc. T = you must have a pair like 10 to split them (10.10 or Q, Q, etc.), as opposed to splitting any combination of 10. Ni = no insurance can be taken. W = double exposure. (The dealer’s deck card is dealt up.) Do not play, take all the thrusts.) E = early surrender is allowed 3 = you can double down on three cards for example: you have 2, 4 and hit against dealer 6 Your hit card is a 5 and now you want to double down on your hard total of eleven. There are casinos that allow this.
4 = you can double down on the four-card totals of eight to eleven, or four-card soft hands, if, of course, the strategy thus points.