Saturday, September 26, 2020

[wijfexwz] Video blackjack

Blackjack is played against the house, and the dealer's actions are mechanical.  Therefore, the game could easily be played in a video console format.  (This is almost certainly already being done.)

A computer-powered version of the game could offer the following attractive features:

  1. Use only one deck and reshuffle after each hand.  This is (arguably) the elegant, ideal, version of the game (you won't ever see two copies of same card in one hand), but it is typically not physically played because physically reshuffling between each hand would be time consuming.  (Other card games typically use only one deck.)  Card counters will be unhappy with this, but from this "ideal" point of view, card counters had always just been exploiting a physical imperfection, one which can be fixed now that technology allows us to better approach the ideal form of the game.  Plus, casinos have never had a problem with making card counters unhappy.
  2. Verifiable randomness (future post): cryptographic proof that the house isn't cheating you.

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