indeterminate origin, this system is any series of
numbers that adds up to the total win target the gambler
desires. The first and last in the series becomes
the initial bet. If the bets win, the numbers are
canceled, and the bettor works inward through the
series until all the numbers have been canceled, at
which point the target win has been obtained. If the
bet loses, its value is added to the series, which
has to be canceled before the bettor progresses inwards.
One number is added to the series if the bet loses,
while two numbers are canceled after a win. Therefore,
it seems that the Labouchere system offers a 2 to
1 proposition on a 1 to 1 bet.
The Labouchere, d'Alembert and Fibonacci systems all
operate on the same principles, but because the bet
escalation is not so rapid, the gambler is likely
to last longer, though at the cost of being less likely
to win as much on a favorable streak. By contrast,
systems such as the anti-Martingale effectively trade
a large chance of a small loss for the small chance
of a great win. This more aggressive approach is ideal
for the player who doesn't mind losing small amounts,
and every now and then will score a spectacular coup.
By a11 means, invent your own betting systems. They
can be great fun. Then you can gamble in a style which
most suits your character. Besides, it's fun to personalize
your gambling. Just don't ever fool yourself into
thinking you have discovered a winning system. Richard
Epstein's Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic
contains a complicated technical explanation of the
fallacious nature of betting systems. Every gambler
would do well to remember Epstein's first theorem:
"An unfavorable games remains unfavorable regardless
of the variation in bets."
are ahead of average here, especially if you have
the highest possible two pair, called the "top
two-11 An example would be a starting hand of A •
Q V and a flop of A*Q*84. Keep in mind that your odds
of improving to a full house are much lower here-only
1:,5 by the end of the hand and 1:11 on each card-than
with a set.
Your high pocket pair beats all the cards on the flop,
such as when you hold A•A1l and the flop is
K4Q1l i •. Remember that if you raised before
the flop with your high pocket pair, opponents may
be able to read your hand fairly accurately.
You' flopped the top pair and you have a good kicker.
If you use proper starting strategy, you will become
familiar with this situation. An example would be
you holding KvQv and the flop is QAT•2