You’re playing blackjack with another player and the dealer deals out the following hands: you get a 10-6; your fellow player, who happens to be seated at third base, has 9-7, and the dealer’s upcard is a 5. You act first, and with a 16 against a dealer 10, you follow the basic playing strategy and stand. You glance over at the third baseman and expect him to also stand on his 16. However, you cringe when you see him signaling the dealer for another card. Sure enough, he draws a 10 and busts. The dealer flips over her hole card and it’s a 10, giving her 15. You say to yourself, “If that dummy at third base would have stood, the dealer would have drawn that 10 and busted.” The dealer then draws her third card from the shoe and flips over a 6 for a 21.
You slump in your chair as you helplessly watch the dealer scoop your chips into the chip tray, saying to yourself, “I just lost because of that clueless player at third base.”