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Blackjack betting strategy?

Baltimore, Maryland
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I'm curious what everyone thinks is the best blackjack betting strategy. I like to play basic strategy after the cards are dealt but vacillate between betting strategies, usually preferring some semblance of a parlay strategy.

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A simple and effective system is to bet more when the deck has more pictures and aces than normal, and less when there are a higher number of small cards remaining.

Kenosha, WI
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I have tried many different betting "strategies" (outside of varying my bet based on the count), and have never found anything that has made much of a difference. More often than not, I just flat bet, which usually allows me to play for a longer period of time. To me, that is good because I really enjoy playing, and you can meet some great people in the process.

I can't tell you how many times I have sat at a $10 table for hours playing with my initial buy-in (usually $60 or $100), while I watch other people come and go, trying what appears to be different types of betting strategies. Some of those people win a lot of money, but more often than not, they just keep playing and end up walking away with nothing. Meanwhile, I am sitting there, hour after hour, milking my measly little buy-in, and having a great time. I would say that 80% of the time I break even or win some, which works for me.

Dallas, Texas
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I think the martigale betting strategy. It almost always guarantees that you will win.

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http://www.atrandom.iansharpe.com/martingale-betting.php

It doesn''t matter what system you use. The Casino's have seen them all before and the odds are always in their favour!

Dallas, Texas
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"Given a large enough pot in relation to your basic stake, wipe-out events should be rare. In general, you should make a series of small wins that add up to a good return."

You just have to avoid the long losing steak.

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I agree with pretty much everything Rhinoman said. I am a flat better most of the time also as I like low variance gambling. Pressing bets gives you bigger wins but also more frequent losses. As has been well established mathmatically betting strategies (not tied to counting) don't make a difference in the long run. What I see all too often with people pressing bets is that it ultimately impacts their play at some point - they press to a large bet and then they get a hand that they should double or split and they are unwilling to do it because of the size of the initial bet. That means you are ultimately hurting yourself by pressing the bet. Obviously not everyone chickens out in those situations but I have seen alot of people who do.

FWIW I am pretty sure placebets was joking. Martingale is not a good strategy for blackjack. Splits and doubles are a very important part of blackjack play and that gets you out of whack in your martingale progression. Played with a guy one time who tried to play a Martingale strategy at blackjack in almost a comically miserable way. First he did not start out at the table minimum ($15) but made his initial bet $25 which meant he would get to the table max quicker in theory. But that didn't matter because he bought in with all the cash he had ($400 I think) so a bad streak of just 4-5 losses in a row and and he did not have enough money to double the bet when losing so he just bet all he had left. We he lost that he left the table to go to the ATM or somewhere else to get cash and then came back to the table and started over again at the initial $25 bet. Did that twice (so lost all his money 3 times) while I was playing (maybe 1-2 hours). Plus he would often have a split or double hand and not play it properly because he was chicken or did not have enough chips left to double his bet - refused to split 8's to a dealer 6 one time because he did not have enough chips in his hand to match the size of his bet. If you want to use the Martingale system stick to the "even money" bets on the roulette wheel.

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Ktinca is right. The only time you should increase your bet is when you know there are a lot of 10s and "paint " left in the deck or shoe. There are several good counting options available.

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I have won before by increasing my bet on each win and going back to the original table mininum on a loss. This way you are playing higher amounts on a winning streak, low amounts on a losing streak. So, 1st bet = $5, then $10 on the first win, $15 on the next win, etc. So after the 2nd win, you are pulling some money back until you lose. The only time this strategy will kill you, is on a long series of W-L-W-L-W-L. If you notice this keeps happening, then just drop back and play straight table limit.

This being said - I pretty much have moved over to Craps after a long series of making nothing at blackjack...

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Well even if you know that there a lot of 10s and "paint " left that doesn't mean you will get them. maybe the dealer gets them? Chances are equal right?

(ok you know that its more risky to ask for an other card while beeing at 15-16)

So i always wondered how counting cards could make you win more?

Maybe you double more often? or how does that work

btw, i'm not a BJ expert at all, so sorry for the stupid questions :D

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I agree with Family-with-four, I add a chip after every win and when I lose I go back down to the minimum and start over again , I won $9,000 @ planet Hollywood a few weeks back at a $25 minimum table however my starting bet was $50 and after every win I would add a $25 green chip and even if I pushed I would add a chip and on double downs or bad beats vs the house I would add 2 or more chips and I actually had $200 in play and doubled for $400 but pushed that bet and I left the $400 ride and got hot so there's all types of methods buried like to press while I'm hot

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