a simple system. And another thing; when you increase
your bets from one to four units, do it in two steps.
Go to two units on the next hand and then to four
on the following one. When increasing to six units,
first go two units, then to four and finally to
six. This is to not appear to the pit people as
though you might have some idea what you're doing.
And remember, keep your bets at the prescribed level
-- win, lose or draw! This is not a betting progression.
You're betting according to your chances of winning
the next hand. Whether you happened to win or lose
the last one is irrelevant.
Basic Strategy: Now let me put your mind at ease
about straying from your normal basic strategy.
Remember what basic strategy is. It gives you your
best play assuming that 30% of the cards are 10'.s.
But what's proper basic strategy for a game like
Spanish 21? There, you should actually hit 14 against
a deuce! Why? Because in Spanish 21, only 25% of
the cards are 10's! It has it's own basic strategy.
Well, a four deck pack of cards with 84 or 85 Ace/10's
left in it (rather than 80) has its own proper basic
strategy too, and it includes all the plays outlined
in this page. Let's use the following hand as an
example.Normally when you have 12 against a 3. there
are five cards (any 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9) that will make
you 17 thru 21 for every four cards that will bust
you if you hit. That fact combined with the dealer
having only four chances out of thirteen to be holding
a 12 make hitting this hand a modestly better play
than standing. But when your front count is "35",
there is a higher proportion of 10's available to
bust you and fewer S's thru 9's to make you a hand.
At the same time, the dealer is more likely to be
stiff with 12. With this shoe composition, you're
better off standing!
What's it all Worth?: The Ace/10 Front Count is
the flat out simplest way I know of to get a high/low
"read" on a six deck shoe. But what can
it do for you in dollars and cents? Well, suppose
you were say, a $17 average bettor. By that I mean
you vary your bets from $10 up to maybe $25 or $30
such that they average out to $17 each. If you play
perfect basic strategy at those stakes, your long
range expectation is to lose about $8 for every
hour you've spent at the Online Blackjack Games
tables (not including Online Poker Guru Tips).