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Re: Which counting system to use

Posted by T-Hopper on Sunday, 7 December 1997, at 4:23 p.m., in response to Re: Which counting system to use, posted by Bootlegger on Saturday, 6 December 1997, at 11:26 p.m.

It is important to remember that the system you use is not necessarily the most important part of your
play. All valid card counting systems work, and most systems perform with only a few fractions of a
percentage point between them.

This could be interpreted the wrong way. If System A has an advantage of 1.1% and System B has an advantage of 1.2%, the difference could be called 0.1% of your action or it could be called 9% of your win rate.

More important is the ability to play the system once you get into
the casino, and to do it in such a way that doesn't attract attention. Learn to understand what your
bankroll can tolerate and don't overbet. Learn what bet spreads work the best for the game you are
playing. If somebody said "show me the money" when it comes to blackjack, the money is in the
spread, not the system.

This is true, as long as you don't go too far with this. Some proponents of simpler counts like to say "The conditions are more important than the system" and then take a logical flying leap to the conclusion that simpler systems are better because those players will play against better conditions and/or get a wider spread. The extra .1% or .2% is going to always be there, regardless of the conditions. Of course the player of a more advanced system should make just as much of an effort to get a wider spread, deeper penetration, or more favorable rules, as the other player.

I'm not accusing you of making this claim, because you didn't, but I've seen it many times in the past year.



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