does the third base player affect you?
We have all been criticized by the rest of the table for "taking
the dealer's bust card" or other such claims that our play
affects the results of the other players. Well we have seen that
one can indeed affect other players' results. For example, when
you change the number of hands or enter or leave a table based on
the count. Later you will see that a shuffle tracker can also affect
other players. But, simply playing your hand differently has little
or no effect. (There can be an effect in the rare case that the
play of your hand causes an additional round to be played or not.)
This chart takes a simple look at the effect the player at third
base (far left seat) has on a player at first base. Four sims were
run. In each case the player at first base played in the same manner.
But the player at third base played differently in each sim. In
the first column, this was an average player. Next a player that
mimicked the dealer rules, third column a player that never hit
when a bust was possible, and the last player that always split
every pair and doubled every hard hand of 5-11. (I have seen players
that thought you had to split.) The house edge against the normal
player at first base is provided. It is within the standard error
for a five billion round sim in each case. That is, your edge is
unaffected by a poor player.
"It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."
Thomas Jefferson, 1782