the Ace/10 Front Count to the letter and betting
$10-$40-$60, your average bet will also work out
to be about $17. But your 1/a% overall edge puts
your long range expectation at a profit of around
$4 per hour.
Now for the Luck Factor: Yeah, I know all these
figures sound trivial and you've experienced swings
much larger than a few dollars per hour betting
$15 or $20 per hand. The truth about gambling is,
luck will play a big part in how you'll do on any
If you play a five hour basic strategy session at
$17 per hand, mathematically you're supposed to
lose $40. But due to the "luck factor"
(statisticians refer to it as "standard deviation'),
you're not that unlikely to actually win say, $200.
However, you're just as likely to lose $280! Both
outcomes are the same distance from your expected
result, and each will end up occurring about as
often as the other.
Playing the Ace/10 Front Count for the same five
hours on a $10-$40-$60 scale, the math says you're
supposed to win $20. In reality, anything could
happen. But this time, you're just as likely to
win $320 as lose the $280 -- and over time, that's
what tends to put you on the plus side of the game!
That comparison colors the landscape of gambling
about as vividly as We know how to paint it. In
fact, We'd be remiss if We didn't keep reminding
you that even though you'll have a tiny edge;