Card counting in blackjack, is it still possible with the automatic shufflers?
First do you mean automatic shufflers or continuous shufflers? Automatic shufflers = cards are shuffled by a machine but the 4-8 decks are shuffled after the shoe is over. The discarded cards stack up on the right of the deal until the shoe is done. Continuous shuffle = cards are put back into the machine at the end of each hand. With Continuous shuffle you can’t count. The count is always 0 at the start of any hand. Automatic shuffle you can still count but the machine prevents card clumping which is important for card counting. Card clumping leads to greater deviations from the norm. Automatic shufflers hurt counting a lot but it doesn’t make it impossible in and of itself. Also the main reason to not cut a lot off the end of a shoe is to not have down-time while the dealer shuffles. With an automatic shuffler there is no down-time so a casino can cut a lot off the end making counting useless.