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 all of 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 was even banned from more than one casino after being simply told that they didn’t like my "style of play" and was no longer welcome.
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 inside that often times I felt like I was the unluckiest guy in the whole wide world.
Do you think casinos are upset when the Travel Channel shows an endless cycle of stories about card-counting blackjack teams who took on Vegas and won? Not at all. In fact, they love that kind of free publicity. For every professional blackjack team grinding out tiny advantages, there are thousands of amateurs either trying to count cards and doing it poorly; losing, while trying to prove to the world how smart they are.
As an added drawback, if you lose track of just one card on the table, the entire system may collapse and you may risk losing your entire bankroll by staying in the game.
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 wiz to be able to use these blackjack strategies effectively and maintain mental sanity.
And then there’s all that waiting around. Besides the math, you may spend hours waiting for a deck to turn rich (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 a cut card, they are now further restricting betting spreads, multiple hands, mid-game entries, and employing continuous shuffle machines and software in online games to thwart card counters. The pit bosses and the people watching the surveillance cameras are there to monitor your betting patterns. And why are you doing all of this? To obtain a maximum advantage of 2%, not to mention that…
Think you can play undetected? Think again. Transceivers in the playing chips now allow the casinos to monitor your betting spreads, and facial recognition technology keeps undesirables in their databases from entering the premises; with or without a disguise.
Besides, do you really want to play undercover like agent 007 just to be able to play a decent game of blackjack? People say often say to me…
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 is no such thing as a single universal basic strategy chart for all blackjack games. Basic strategy (the best way to play a hand) in blackjack varies from game to game depending on the number of decks and the rule variations.
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 that are the key to catapulting your bankroll.
Even the ones that claim to take advantage of winning streaks are not optimized to maximize this profit and do nothing to curtail 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. Fortunately, as a school teacher, I had very little patience when it came to systems like these. I was looking for that edge that would put the odds in my favor, and the money in my pocket.
What if I told you there was an easier way to beat the dealer? 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 could not deny it simply works!
Studies show that about 80% of the time, blackjack games are choppy. That is, the dealer and the player alternate winning and losing hands when using basic strategy (you know, the chart that tells you when to hit, stand, double-down, or split). By using correct basic strategy (statistically optimal moves) and playing in games with the most advantageous rules, you can turn the casino edge against you from 7 to 8 percent down to less than 1 percent.
That’s a big advantage for the dealer and there’s nothing we can really do about that, except try to predict when he has a higher chance of busting. And although card counting systems can raise the odds in your favor… Read more…