The cornerstone of First Base Blackjack (FBB) is non-random cards. Accordingly, we will devote a significant amount of time substantiating that the cards are not random in multi-deck games. We will divulge the secret to why this is neither theory nor hypothesis, but the truth. The foundation of Basic Strategy AND card counting is random cards. We will prove to you, beyond a reasonable doubt, that these antiquated methods rely upon a basic tenet that is obsolete.
If you have been playing blackjack over the last few years, you have undoubtedly recognized that the shoe game is vastly harder to win than it was in the 60's, 70's or even the very early 80's. It seems as though the dealers made a pact with the devil himself in order to garner more than their mathematically fair share of winning hands. This is no more true than the belief that casinos give out free Basic Strategy cards because they want you to win, or that anybody since Kenny Uston has been able to beat blackjack by card counting. Any best-selling book that tells you different belongs in the fiction section of the local thrift store. The games have changed drastically since the days of Kenny, and Ed Thorpe. Beating the game requires us to drastically change our methods of play. "Fight fire with fire," they say. The casinos beat the living hell out of players that play Basic Strategy, and players that count cards because, again, those methods rely upon random cards.
First Base Blackjack (FBB) wins precisely because the cards are not random!
The good news is today's shoe game is winnable. It offers the serious blackjack player the biggest advantage he or she has ever seen. The reason for this hinges upon just one rule: If both the player and the dealer break, the dealer wins.
"What? How can a rule that favors the dealer offer me the biggest advantage I have ever seen?"
It is a bit of a paradox. The reason for this is, as we said above, the cards are not random, and that simple fact causes the dealer to break far less in today's game than the game of yesteryear. Consequently, the player also breaks less. Obviously, the cards do not know who is dealing. So...If both the dealer and the player break less, the chance that they will BOTH break on the same hand is immensely reduced.
Reread the last few paragraphs if you must. This is simple, but it is important. Think about it. If ALL of the rules favor the player save for one, (If both the player and the dealer break, the dealer wins), then it would certainly stand to reason that if that particular situation happened less frequently, it would have an inverse affect on the player's advantage. We are not offering this as our opinion. It is pure, unadulterated FACT! We are The Prestige, but we are not unique. There are only a small handful of professional blackjack instructors that know this secret. No system sellers sell it, but there are professional players that seem to unconsciously know this secret but consistently wonder why they are winning while all others lose.
Basic Strategy was designed over forty years ago for a single deck game of blackjack. That is why casinos leave a free Basic Strategy card on your pillow like a fine, Belgian chocolate. It cannot beat today's multi deck game. Card counting is an absolute loser, M.I.T. student or not. (maybe they are minoring in marketing?) How many times have you placed a big bet when the count was +30 only to see it climb to +40?
Blackjack was a mathematical game designed so both the dealer and the player would win half of their respective hands. Even Steven. The closest to 21 wins. But, business is business and the casinos had to pay their electric bills, so they modified the rules a bit, and said, "well, how 'bout if when both the dealer and the player break, the dealer wins?" That is what you call the house advantage. Well, the "known" house advantage anyway.
Now, here is the rub. Here comes the twister. Think about the last game you lost. Did you really lose because of the above rule---the "break / push" rule? No. You lost simply because the dealer won more hands than you. How could that be? How could the dealer actually win more hands than you when the game was mathematically designed so both you and the dealer would win the exact same amount of hands? You can play your cards any way you damn well please. The dealer cannot.
It is not the rules! You lost because you played your cards wrong! You lost because you play Basic Strategy! You lost because you actually believed you could "bring down the house" by counting cards! Whatever system you were using caused you to lose. It is as simple as that.
We wish we were Sherman and Mr. Peabody and could take you for a trip on our WABAC (way back) machine and keep you from being exposed to everything you have "learned" thus far in your endeavor to beat blackjack. Everything you have ever read or heard about the shoe game is wrong. The books are wrong. The system sellers are wrong. The articles in the little casino published magazines? They are wrong. Card counting does NOT work, and Basic Strategy is WRONG!