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Re: counting or clumping

Posted by T-Hopper on 22 March 1998, at 10:06 p.m., in response to counting or clumping, posted by gary savill on 22 March 1998, at 8:55 p.m.

>Are counting methds better than clumping systems?

Yes. Counting wins, clumping loses.

>Can you win consistently with clumping methods?

The only way to win is to make decisions based on the composition of the remaining cards. Card counting and even basic strategy are examples of this. Card clumping is not

> They seem easier than having to maintain a count.

That is why they remain popular in spite of having no evidence at all that they work.

>I am just beginning and could use some direction.

I am writing a book that will contain a dozen level one count systems but that won't do you any good right now. The best system for a beginner is the K-O Count from Knock-Out Blackjack by Ken Fuchs and Olaf Vancura. A couple of other books I recommend are Blackbelt in Blackjack by Arnold Snyder, and Blackjack for Blood by Bryce Carlson. Snyder's Red Seven system is similar to K-O, and you might prefer it if you can only play shoe games in the casinos you visit.


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