A Basic Betting Strategy

The conservative betting strategy we recommend is selected from the TARGET 21 course and has been successfully used by thousands of players since the early 1980s.

It consists of flat-betting your hand until you have won three more hands than you have lost. For example, you enter a \$5 games, bet \$10 per hand (your betting unit), and win three more hands than you lose. Now you are \$30 ahead and have a decision to make: raising or lowering your bet or keeping it the same. Here are your options for making this decision:

Option 1. If the games factor is strong, you should consider raising your bet (I'll discuss the amount of the raise in a moment).

Option 2. If you're uncertain about the strength of the games, and your goal is to depart this table with a win, consider keeping your bet the same and setting a tight two-unit stop-loss that would trigger a table departure.

Option 3. If you're a conservative bettor, reduce your bet to \$5 (assuming a 5\$ minimum table) and set a three-unit stop-loss for departing this table.

If you raise your bet in a strong table (option 1), We suggest no more than 25 percent, rounding up or down to the nearest dollar amount (for example, if you have been betting \$10, raise your bet to either \$12 or \$I3). If the games continues strong, raise your bet each time you win another three units. Set a three-unit stop-loss.

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