Blackjack Table Seats
should we sit?
What is this chart doing in the penetration section? Because your
seat can change your effective penetration. Not for betting purposes
since everyone bets at the same time. But when you sit at third
base (far left), you get to see more cards before you make all playing
decisions except insurance. The more cards you see the better.
This chart shows a single-deck game with three players. The advantages
for each count are provided for the players in Seats 1, 2 and 3.
We can see that the blue bars, the seat 3 advantages, are a bit
is the effect on SCORE?
Although the bars do not appear to be much different in the previous
chart, the overall effect on SCORE is significant. The first set
of three bars in this chart shows the SCOREs for the players in
seats 1, 2 & 3. There is a clear difference. The second set
of bars gives the SCOREs for two players at a six-deck table sitting
in seats 1 and 6. There is substantially less difference even though
these players are separated by five seats. This is due to the facts
that at six decks the percentage differences in penetration between
the two seats are far less, six decks games are more reliant on
betting and less on play, and six-deck games are dealt face up so
you already see most of the other players' cards. In six-deck games
other criteria may be more important in seat selection like ability
to see all the cards and the shoe or space to switch to two hands.
- Six decks, S17, DAS, LS, 6 players, Hi-Lo, truncate, Full indexes,
half-deck resolution, 4.81/6 penetration, Seat 1 & 6
- Single-deck, H17, 3 players, Hi-Lo, truncate, Full indexes, half-deck resolution, three rounds, Seats 1, 2 & 3
- Six billion rounds each