H … is for Hole-card


H. 1) See hit. 2) See hole-card.

H-17. (Or H17) Acronym for dealer hits soft 17.

HA. See house advantage.

Hall, Michael. See Abdul Jalib.

Hall of FameSee Blackjack Hall of Fame.

Halves Count. See Wong’s Halves.

hand. The cards dealt to or held by the players. Also called the deal.

hand-held. A reference to a hand held single- or double-deck game.

hand-held multi-deck games. The casinos are always trying to find ways to fool you.  This is really a 5 to 8-deck game that is shuffled every deck or less.  Al Rogers (from bj21) writes, “There usually is a sign on the table that reads ‘Hand-Held Multi-Deck Game,’ though the casino will frequently try to hide the sign behind ashtrays or other objects on the table.
[ https://bj21.com/bj_reference/pages/41143.html ]

handle. The total amount of money exchanging hands between a player and the house.

hanger. Paper money that hasn’t dropped completely into the drop box and usually due to a bent corner. See earring.
[80 Solkey Dummy Up and Deal 112]

hard. As in hard hand. A hand without an ace that can be counted as 11. A hard count would be the value of a hard hand.

Harris, Brett. See BRH count.

Hascik, George. Team leader for the famous Czech Team, who reportedly took millions off the tables of casinos worldwide in the late 1970s. Hascik was born in communist Czechoslovakia but escaped in the early 1970s to Austria.  In a refugee camp in Austria, Hascik met John Vogel and Walter Spengler who would later become members of the Czech Team.
[ http://www.kasino.cz/cesky-blackjack-tym/ ]
[ http://www.blackjackreview.com/wp/encyclopedia/books/#LegendsofBlackjack ]

HC. Acronym for high card as in a ten, jack, queen, king, or ace.

HCS. Acronym used in this book to refer to a hole-card strategy.

head-on. See head-up.

head to head. See head-up.

head-up. (or heads up) As in a head-up game. Also called head-on. To play alone with the dealer. Card counters generally find it significantly more advantageous to play head-up in single-deck games. The game is faster and you tend to get deeper penetration than when several players are being dealt to.

healing. To stand a stack of checks on the end of another check.

H1.gif (1286 bytes)heart. The red figure  heart.gif (981 bytes) marking one of the four suits of playing cards. See suit.

heat. The actions or comments by casino personnel that lead a player to believe that he is suspected of cheating or card counting. The intent, from the casino’s point of view, is to try to make the player nervous. Heat is a form of harassment and a countermeasure from casino personnel.  Floormen and pit staff may talk to the counter and attempt to distract him/her to break them off the count. See game control.  See camouflage.

Hecher System. {PCS/L2}. (Hecher ?).

A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 -2

BC = .72 PE = .61

[70 Noir Casino Holiday]
[88 Watson Beating Casino’s Blackjack 124]

Heller, Steven. Developer of Clump Card Blackjack.

hidden blackjack computers. See computers (concealed).

star.gif (5411 bytes)Hi-Lo. {PCS/L1}. (Originally proposed by Harvey Dubner in 1963 and later refined by Julian Braun and Stanford Wong). Also called the High-Low or Plus-Minus count. One of the most popular counting systems ever used. See Dubner High-Low, Braun High-Low, Wong High-Low, and Thorp Complete Point-Count.

A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
-1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 -1

BC = .97 PE = .51

[9/91 Wong Professional Blackjack ]
[9/91 Snyder The High-Low Lite BJF 6]

Hi-Lo Count Strategy CardExample of a custom made Hi-Lo count strategy card

Hi-Lo Count Summary Instructions

high-low pickup. {CHS} Picking up high cards and low cards separately for the purpose of cheating.  A dealer may pick up all the high cards and then all the low cards and then attempt to control these cards through the shuffle.  Since the dealer knows where the different slugs of high and low cards are he can control who gets them.

Hinton, Joe. See Canfield Expert.

star.gif (5411 bytes)Hi-Opt I. {PCS/L1}. (Charles Einstein / Lance Humble). A card counting system originally devised by Charles Einstein in 1968 and refined and further developed by Lance Humble (1974) and Julian Braun. The Hi-Opt strategies were very popular during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Multi-parameters were added in 1976. See Einstein Count.

A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 -1

BC = .88 PE = .61

[80 Revere Playing Blackjack as a Business 173]
[87 Humble World’s Greatest Blackjack Book]
[?? Casino & Sports Vol.1, 47]

star.gif (5411 bytes)Hi-Opt II. {PCS/L2}. (Lance Humble) (c1976).  This count, introduced a few years after Hi-Opt I, was considered by many to be the most powerful card counting system on the market at the time. In addition to the regular count, players were advised to keep a side count of 8’s and 9’s in addition to aces. See Steppine Count.

A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 -2

BC = .91 PE = .67

[80 Revere Playing Blackjack as a Business 177]
[3/81 Snyder Blackjack Forum 15]
[87 Humble World’s Greatest Blackjack Book]

Hi-Opt Multi-Parameter. {PCS/U}. (Lance Humble) TBD
[87 Humble World’s Greatest Blackjack Book]

high card. Typically a reference to a ten-valued card, however, occasionally a 9 is considered a high card. An ace can be considered a high card for betting purposes and a low card for playing purposes. See low card. See neutral card.

high-card clumping. When high cards clump together. See clumping.

high roller. A player who wagers large amounts of money. See big player.
[87 Casino Ratings For High Rollers BJF]
[87 A High Roller Gets Rolled BJF]
[12/89 Hound Tips for High Rollers BJF]

Hit me easy! Circa 1950 - Las Vegas ?

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hit. To draw additional cards beyond the original two cards in an attempt to improve the hand. Hit cards are typically dealt to the player face up and on the layout such that both digits and the center spot are exposed.

hit and run. {CS}. To enter a game, play a hand or two, and leave. A strategy of playing only those games where the count indicates a player advantage. See Wonging. See back counting.

Hit and Run. (c2011) A progressive blackjack side bet that pays if the dealer gets a blackjack or at least 5 cards.
[ http://wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/appendix/8/ ]

hit-card. See hit.

Hit-Me BJ. {BS}. (c1980?). Warcy Cards, Vista, CA. A $10 plastic coated deck of playing cards on which the basic strategy is printed in as many as 8 colors for 10 different situations.
[80 Casino & Sports Vol.10,30]

hit soft 17. (H-17). A rule requiring the dealer to hit all soft 17’s. This rule was prevalent in Reno and downtown Las Vegas in the 1990s. H-17 card counting variations (versus S-17) affect the indices to the greatest extent when the dealer shows a 6 or an Ace. See soft 17.  PA = -.2%

HNF Count. {PCS/L3}. (????).  HNF stands for “High Normal Form”.

A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 -2

BC = .83 PE = .67

An unbalanced count with an IRC (Initial Running Count) of -4 x Number of Decks.  For betting accuracy, the Ace should be side counted as -3.
[ https://www.blackjacktheforum.com/entry.php?116-The-HNF-Count ]

HP. Acronym for Huntington Press. Publisher Anthony Curtis is the author of the excellent publication Las Vegas Advisor.

The Hobbit An alias of course.  Winner of the 1998 and 2005 “Blackjack Cup” at Max Rubin’s annual Blackjack Ball.  According to Rubin, The Hobbit is “… one of blackjack’s most dangerous players, he’s scary smart and has successfully plied his trade against the casinos for two decades.
[ http://www.maxrubin.com/ball_past_winners.html ]

hold. A casino term for the percentage of the drop which is retained by the casino. The hold or the drop should not be confused with the theoretical percentage edge (house advantage) that a casino has on an individual play.


[82 Griffin Diff. Ways to Desc. Win Rate… Vol.20,57]
[90 Chambliss Fundamentals of Blackjack 203]
[90 Zender Card Counting for the Casino Executive 15]

From Dustin D. Mark's CAB 2000

hole-card. The face down card that the dealer deals to himself. In most casinos the dealer will peek at his hole-card if his up-card is an ace. In Nevada some casinos will also peek under their tens but this practice is becoming rarer due to casino awareness of tell play strategies. In Atlantic City and on some cruise ships the dealer will wait until all the players have finished their hands before revealing it. In Europe, no hole-card is drawn until all the players have finished with their hands.  See Rules of the Game.
[ Photo Credit: Dealer Peeking at Hole-Card (Courtesy Dustin D. Mark’s CAB 2000) ]

hole-card play. {HCS} aka hole-carding. A play that is based on the knowledge of the dealer’s hole-card. Techniques to acquire this knowledge include front loading and spookingSee basic strategy section for exposed hole-card basic strategy charts.
[81 Uston Million Dollar Blackjack]
[9/85 Snyder Hole Card Play Now Legal BJF 28]
[90 Zender Card Counting for the Casino Executive 90]
[ https://www.qfit.com/blackjackholecarding.htm ]

home run table. A hot table. A table that has just previously been very favorable for the players.
[85 Patterson TARGET Manual]

hopping the deck.   {CHS} The dealer action of nullifying a player’s cut of the cards and thus returning them to their original pre-cut order.
[99 The Blackjack Glossary bj21.com]

hot. As in a hot deck. 1) A deck or shoe that has just previously been very favorable. 2) A deck or shoe that is favorable to the player, that is, with a high plus count. See cold.

house. The casino or bank. The establishment running the blackjack game.

house advantage. (HA). Also called the house edge, house odds, cut, take, or P.C. The theoretical advantage that the casino has on a bet. Usually represented as a positive (+) percentage value. The HA can also be defined as the ratio of the gambler’s expected net loss to his expected amount of action. See advantage.   See hold.  See expectation.
[81 Ethier The House Advantage]
[87 Clark The Dictionary of Gambling & Gaming 105]

house dealer. A dealer who wants to win every hand for the casino.

house money. The urban definition of playing in a gambling game and in the black (i.e., winning)  and feeling good. The attitude is that if you lose it is not your money but the house’s money.  Of course this is silly… once the money has been won by you it is entirely yours.

House_MoneyHouse Money (c2012) A blackjack side bet from Bally Technologies.  According to their literature:  House Money is an exciting blackjack side bet. The object is to get one of the following two-card starting hands: Ace-King Suited, Straight Flush, Pair, or Straight. If players start with one of these hands, they may take down their winnings or they may add them to their standard blackjack wager, letting them play with … House Money!  Players must make a standard blackjack wager. They may also make the House Money wager for any amount within the posted limits. Players will then get their first two cards.  The House Money bet wins if a player’s first two cards are:

  • Ace-King
  • Suited Straight
  • Flush Pair
  • Straight

If the House Money bet wins, players may collect the proceeds (winnings and original bet), or they may add them to their standard blackjack wager.  If the dealer has blackjack then players must collect their proceeds.  According to the Wizard of Odds, this side bet (also called House Money 21) was invented by Roger Snow of Shufflemaster.
[ https://www.ballytech.com/Table-Products/Table-Games/Blackjack-Side-Bets/House-Money  ]
[ http://wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/appendix/8/ ]

house shuffle. The shuffle designated by casino policy. Often, house shuffles are predictable and can be exploited by individuals knowledgeable in the intricacies of shuffle tracking.

HSA. Acronym for hit after splitting aces.

Humble, Lance(a.k.a. Igor Kusyszyn) Co-author of the book World’s Greatest Blackjack Book and developer of the Hi-Opt I and Hi-Opt II card counting systems.
[ http://www.blackjackbomb.com/lance-humble/ ]

hustling. See toke hustling.

HWR. An NBJ acronym for hands won ratio.

Hyland Team TBD – See below.

Tommy HylandHyland, Tommy. Manager of one of the longest running and successful blackjack teams in history.  A 2002 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame. Mentioned in the books Gambling Wizards by Richard Munchkin and Legends of Blackjack by Kevin Blackwood.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackjack_Hall_of_Fame ]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hyland ]
[ http://www.blackjackbomb.com/tommy-hyland/ ]
[ http://www.blackjackforumonline.com/content/hylandint.html ]
[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7BkUhOpPH4 ]
[ https://www.blackjackapprenticeship.com/blackjack-hero-thomas-hyland/ ]





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