the gumball analogy in which we introduced the concept
of the key count. The key count is the count at which
we first have the advantage. It was +1 in the gumball
game, which signified that there was one extra winning
gumball in the mix and favorable for us to raise our
It works the
same way when playing Online Blackjack Games. Instead
of counting gumballs, though, we count the cards according
to the K-O values. We then monitor the running count
as we play, betting small when the RC is below the
key count and bet-ting big when it's at or above the
It's that simple.
There are only two bets, small and large, and the
key count is the point that separates them. The chart
below lists the two crucial numbers you need to know:
the IRC and the key count.
Conditions IRC Key Count
1 deck 0 +2
2 decks -4 +l
6 decks -20 -4
8 decks -28 -6
big and small in your betting scheme? It's a matter
of personal preference, as well as a function of your
gambling bankroll. Your aversion to risk, and so forth.
You might choose the table minimum. Say $5, for your
small bet. A $5 wager thus represents a 1-unit bet.
Your big bet will then be the multiple of $5 that
you choose. For example, if your big bet is $25 (5
x $5), you'll be employing a 1-5 "spread."
player whose board (exposed cards) looks weak needs
very good hidden strength, because his opponents are
almost certainly going to attack. Similarly, a player
whose board, appears threatening can and should put
his opponents to the test. It's entirely pos -,hat
by betting a visible king, you may be able to get
an opponent to lay down a I pair of queens-especially
if no other kings are out.
are few hard and fast rules about stud strategies,
because the hands are so context-dependent. Still,
there's one principle that has served stud players
well for decades. If you decide to play on fifth street
where the bet levels have doubled, you should probably
play on through the river.