matter what denomination chips the player is, comfortable
with, the betting method remains the same, so it doesn't
really matter whether the player is betting $1, $5,
$25, or $100 casino chips. Our betting method will
be described in units, rather than in cash amounts,
to make the betting strategy simpler.
At the outset of play, before the first card is dealt
out, the single deck is considered neutral. The deck
is also considered Mutra2 when there is no plus or
minus count during the course of play. For example,
if the plus and minus cards balance out Completely,
it's considered a neutral deck.
With a neutral deck, the bet consists of two units.
When the deck is unfavorable, that is, has a minus
count, player will bet a minimum wager of one unit.
When the deck is slightly favorable, that is, either
+1 or +2, the player will bet three units.
When the deck is more favorable, or 10-rich, at +3
or more, the player's bet will be four units. Sometimes
the deck is super favorable, a +5 or higher, and there
is a temptation to five, six, or more units.
This temptation has to be controlled, unless you have
been winning all your previous bets and simply keep
doubling up. But for a sudden move from two units
to six units, you are tempting casino heat. This is
usually the signal the casino needs to verify the
fact that you are a card counter; their countermeasures
will be swift and might include barring you from the
Plus counts can be deceptive. A plus count of 2 on
the first round of play is favorable for the player,
but if more than half the deck is depleted, that plus
2 is even stronger and the player can bet more aggressively.
that reason, you should normally not get excited about
hands that have only one way potential. The really
good stud eight-or-better starting hands consist of
three connected low cards. These hands can turn into
good lows, good highs (even a hand like (5-2) 3 can
quickly turn into trips), or, better still, good two-way
hands like low straights or flushes.