you decide to stay at one table until you lose your
entire single-session bankroll, or lose 40 of those
50 units, then it might be time to get out of the
game, especially if the deck is now neutral or unfavorable.
If it's favorable, stay around, bet the maximum, and
try to salvage your losses with some wins. But only
if the deck is favorable. Don't just trust to luck.
Never reach into your pocket after losing all 50 units
you've started with. Never. If you've taken a beating
at a table-and this will happen from time to time-don't
fight the cards. Get up and walk away. Rest and refresh
yourself before attempting to hit another table.
If playing seriously over a more extended period of
time, perhaps a few days, perhaps a week or more,
you should have between 7 and 10 times your single-session
bankroll as your total bankroll.
If you are betting $5 chips as your minimum bet, you'd
need $250 for one session of play and about $1,800
to $2,500 in reserve for a number of sessions of play.
If you can't keep that much in reserve, you shouldn't
be playing in a $5 game. It's very possible to sustain
a long run of bad luck before the cards turn in your
favor. This can happen to even the most skillful of
twenty-one players and could happen to you as well.
To weather the temporary losses you must have money
in reserve. Remember, if you use our basic strategy
and count cards and alter your bets according to the
count, you're going to end up a winner.
problem for the loose-aggressive player arrives when
he doesn't catch above average cards because in most
games, he will then get clobbered. He will invest
large sums in multiple pots, but he doesn't get the
vitally important "two ways to win." He
won't often win with his bet. He can only win with
his cards and he's involved with too many substandard
adopt this style when they face weak opponents in
their early days. If the opposition routinely folds
in the wake of ferocious attack after ferocious attack,
why stop attacking? Unfortunately for the loose-aggressive
player, even weak players eventually learn to adjust.