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Re: Newbie Question
Posted by OuttaDLoop on 10 January 1998, at 1:16 p.m., in response to Newbie Question, posted by Newbie on 9 January 1998, at 5:50 a.m.
For moral support, I am new to blackjack, also. At first I thought playing basic strategy was an even game. I did get ahead of the casino at first ($2400.00) but with continual play I began losing. I was frustrated because I did not expect these losses. Then I picked up a book called, "The World's Greatest Blackjack Book", by Lance Humble, Ph.D. and Carl Cooper, Ph.D. 1987 ISBN: 0-385-15382-1 (pbk.). It helped me calculate my true expected return using only basic strategy taking into account various house rules. Where I play, the basic strategy expected return is -.64%. I have to use a counting strategy that not only adjusts betting strategy, but also adjusts playing variations on basic strategy according to the count. I have had a lot of difficulty mastering card counting but I know I have to use a counting strategy to beat the house.
The counting strategy taught in the book is Hi-Opt I. It is a balanced strategy and I have been doing much better with it. Good luck to you.
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