Systems Archive 3

Posted by Ken Fuchs on 26 March 1999, at 12:58 p.m., in response to Ken Fuches question ???, posted by Susan on 24 March 1999, at 3:08 a.m.

I have been playing full KO for awhile and have a question. When the count goes up +4 after first round somtimes i raise my bet early (ie no aces fall more 5's and 6's than 2's or 7's ). Theoretically i have an advantage and besides if count goes higher its easier to stack it than reach back for more money.

Is there a greater advantage w plus +4 after one round than say after 3 rounds (2 players 2decks) ? I realize in 2deck +4 is even after one deck played but sometimes a +8 after first or second round seems like i lose more than +8 later in penetration and i"m trying to understand why. Is it because there are more nuetral cards left (sometimes) after one round or is it my imagination?

P.S. What is your idea on soft hand index numbers ,I'm thinking of adding a couple for getting more money on the table?

When you refer to "+4" and "+8" I assume you are referring to the number of points above your IRC.

In the two deck game the key count is is +5. But if you see +4 after the 1st (or after the second round if only a few players), you are at a slight advantage and you can bet 2 units.

A count of +8 in the two deck game is the Pivot. You always have a decent advantage here no matter what your current deck position is. If it seems like you lose more Pivot bets later in the deck, it is simply your short term results, and you can't make any meaningful inferences off such a small sample. Be patient, your wins will come.

Don't worry about soft double indices. They are a waste of time. You'll find that it is kind of rare when you get to make a soft-double play anyway. It is even more rare when you get a chance to make a basic strategy deviation soft-double using a count based index.

Regards, -Ken Fuchs

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