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Re: Which counting system to use
Posted by T-Hopper on Sunday, 7 December 1997, at 4:14 p.m., in response to Which counting system to use, posted by Michael Todd Glazier on Friday, 5 December 1997, at 3:25 p.m.
I realize this is the most irritatingly often asked question on any of these boards, but since I've gotten
nothing but negative responses elsewhere, I might as well give it a shot here.
This question is the reason for this board's existence.
I'm looking for suggestions on which counting system to adopt. I'm a blackjack beginner by
experienced considerations, but I have mastered the basic strategy charts and managed to win in
Vegas. I'm also a computer programmer, so a more numerically complex system doesn't bother me.
Mathematical ability is not the only consideration. Michael Dalton(of Dalton's Blackjack Review and BJRnet web site) is an experienced computer programmer with NASA in Florida, yet he prefers the High-Low count. Other players who have used advanced systems and switched to simpler ones are glad they made the choice. Some players even find that the advanced counts keep them more alert and actually lower their error rate.
So, if anyone is listening and doesn't mind helping a sorry newbie, I'm begging for suggestions about
adopting a counting method that works well as a running count for betting spreads, can be further
studied for play strategies and possible true count conversion, and finally, will work really well with
T-Hopper's book coming out.
My advice is to get the Knock-Out Blackjack book, since you said you want to start with a running count. Start practicing the ace-deuce count also and when the Sourcebook comes out you'll be ready to incorporate the T-Hop 1 indices into your system. Later you could even consider switching to T-Hop 1 Plus, which is similar to TKO(True Count K-O) but with an ace side count as well.
I've heard a lot of positive things about KO. Does the KO method have alot of depth past the
running count, and is it good?
The best thing about K-O is that you can't do any better for betting purposes if you count all the cards as +1, 0 or -1.
Some games require the true count for optimal betting, in others, the running count is just as good.
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