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More special decks for blackjack

29 June 2019

If you are a card counter, many times, when sitting at third base at a blackjack game, it can be difficult to see the specific denomination of a card across the table at first base or the player next to first.

During the course of a game cards can get partially covered up by other cards or chips and you can’t always see the numbers or pits. To help overcome this problem take a deck of cards and cut off pips or numbers at each corner.

Or, you can get a bottle of White-Out, or sometimes called Liquid Paper, that is the white liquid that a typist would use when making corrections on a typewriter page before computes came along. You can find it at any stationary store. Apply some of white-out to the pips on each card corner. You don’t have to do it to the court cards, since they are all the same value, but include the 10s.

After they dry, practice reading the spots on the cards instead of the numbers or pips. This will help you to recognize each card, whether it is partially covered or just too far away.


BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• The pips or indices numbers on the corners of playing cards were first introduced in 1871. These decks were originally known as “squeezers.”

• Most historians believe that the earliest playing cards originated in (or before) the 9th century in Central Asia, probably China and Hindustan.

• During the Napoleonic Wars, French prisoners in England would occupy their months of confinement by making playing cards out of the leftover bones of their dinners. They cleaned the bones by burying them for a time and then unearthed them, cut small silvers from them and decorated them with painted suit signs.

• The Japanese video game company, Nintendo, is one of the most influential in the industry and Japan’s third most valuable listed company. It has been in business for over 120 years and its original primary business was manufacturing playing cards.

• In the mid-1600s the biggest fine for students in Harvard University was not for fighting or drinking but for playing cards.

• In 1656 the Pilgrims enacted a law, which fined adults for playing cards and subjected adults and even children to a public whipping for a second offence.

• In a deck of standard playing cards the King of Hearts is the only king without a mustache.

• At one time the Joker was originally the highest card in the game of Euchre, a trick-taking card game commonly played with four people in two partnerships with a deck of 32 standard playing cards.

• Common entertainment in colonial days included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards, but only applicable to the “Ace of Spaces.” To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren’t “playing with a full deck.”

• Bryan Berg currently holds the world record for tallest house of cards, a 25 foot 9 7/16-inch-tall “skyscraper” completed at the State Fair of Texas on 14 October 2007. Berg used 2,400 decks of playing cards to build that huge tower.
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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel