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Effect of Card Removal in Blackjack

Introduction

The following table shows the effect on the player's expected value by removing one of each given card from a six-deck shoe. These numbers were based on these rules: Double on any two cards, double after split allowed, split anything only once, and strategy adjustments for the changed deck composition.

Effect of Removal — Six-Deck Shoe

Card Stand
Soft 17
Hit
Soft 17
2 0.069% 0.071%
3 0.082% 0.086%
4 0.110% 0.117%
5 0.141% 0.143%
6 0.079% 0.084%
7 0.041% 0.038%
8 -0.008% -0.010%
9 -0.040% -0.045%
10 -0.091% -0.097%
Ace -0.094% -0.084%
 

The source for this table is the amazing Composition Dependent Combinatorial Analyzer at bjstrat.net.

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