Dear Blackjack Player, My name is Bill, I was a school teacher and was once like you. I bought into the theory that the game could be beaten by counting cards. And BELIEVE ME, I ate, drank and slept blackjack for over five years.
You name it, I mastered it: Hi-Lo, Hi-Opt I & II, K-O, Zen Count, Canfield Expert, and others. I spent hours on card counting forums and in online discussion groups, and I found that people only bragged about winnings, but never mentioned their losses.
Sure, I had some big winning days when I celebrated and took my friends out for a night on the town, but my losers always ate away at my profits and eventually put me back under water.
I used to spend hours at a table amassing a pretty good stack of chips only to be WIPED OUT by a few bad hands.
I went from one card counting strategy to another, learning to camouflage my betting pattern and changing tables often, but at the end of the year, I was always at a NET LOSS. The pain was so deep I often felt like I had to be the unluckiest guy in the world.
Yes, it’s THAT painful – so I can definitely relate to how you feel if you’ve been counting cards.
Most of us experience some early success (usually pure luck), but later we give it all back and then some. We end up withdrawing more cash from the ATM machine to chase our losses.
Not at all. In fact, they love that kind of free publicity. See, for every professional blackjack team grinding out tiny advantages, there are thousands of amateurs counting cards and doing it poorly; LOSING, while trying to prove to the world how smart they are. And the pros who are doing it right, have been blacklisted and can’t even play.
Also, you’re required to play at a certain position at the table and to camouflage your betting spread so as to avoid the heat (unwanted attention from the pit bosses).
Add adrenaline, alcohol and the noise of bells, laughter and shouting and you have a recipe for concentration breakdown and DISASTROUS losses.
You get the idea. You pretty much have to be a rocket scientist or math whiz to be able to use these strategies and maintain your sanity.
And then there’s all that waiting around. Besides the math, you could spend hours WAITING for a deck to turn rich in high value cards (that may or may not happen) because the casinos are taking countermeasures to STOP you.
Not only are they limiting the penetration of the deck by controlling the reshuffle point with the cut card, now they’re restricting betting spreads, multiple hands, mid-game entries, and using continuous shuffle machines to stop card counters.
The pit bosses and the people watching the surveillance cameras are there to track your betting patterns.
Think you can play undetected? THINK AGAIN! Transceivers in the playing chips now allow them to monitor your betting spreads, and facial recognition technology keeps undesirables in their databases from entering the casino, with or without a disguise.
Most professional card counters can’t show their face in Las Vegas or in any other major casino in the world. Yet no one talks about this.
Besides, do you really want to play undercover like agent 007 just to be able to play a decent game of blackjack?
So you see, you really can’t count on counting as a viable strategy in the modern casino environment.
Unfortunately, they aren’t. See, most of these basic strategy progressive systems differ only in their money management technique, that is, how you vary your bets. They all rely on the same basic strategy chart and this is their first flaw.
There’s NO such thing as a single universal basic strategy chart for all blackjack games. Basic strategy (the statistically best way to play a hand) in blackjack varies from game to game depending on the number of decks and the rules offered. But they tell you to memorize the chart for the most common 6 deck game. If you apply their basic strategy to any variation of the rules or the number of decks, it’s wrong, and you’ll lose in the long run.
The other problem with these systems is that they treat each hand as an independent event and simply try to maximize your odds for that particular hand. They DO NOT account for streaks of winning hands, the key to catapulting your bankroll.
Even the systems that claim to take advantage of winning streaks are NOT OPTIMIZED to maximize this profit and do NOTHING to curb your losses when the dealer is experiencing a lucky streak of his own.
If that were all we wanted from a blackjack system we might as well flat bet on a coin toss. We could sit there all day and make or lose a few bucks. As a school teacher, I had very little patience when it comes to systems like these. I was looking for that edge that would put the odds in my favor, and the MONEY in my pocket.
One that didn’t involve heavy math or memorizing cards? In fact, a method so easy that a child could learn it? I know it sounds too good to be true, and I didn’t believe it at first either, but after using it over and over to make BIG WINNINGS in casinos on land and online, I can’t deny it simply WORKS!
Studies show that about 80% of the time, blackjack games are choppy. This means the dealer and the player alternate winning and losing hands if you use basic strategy (you know, the chart that tells you when to hit, stand, double-down, or split).
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