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simply stated, he is right because...
Posted by gehrig on 23 September 1999, at 10:45 a.m., in response to Re: Betting Spread vs. Strategy Changes?, posted by Cacarulo on 23 September 1999, at 9:20 a.m.
gains from strategy changes due to even significant deviations in count, are mirrored in the use of harmless, "cover" plays as noted of recent, in anderson's book. that means that standing on a hard sixteen at a neutral count, insuring blackjacks, or taking even money, are minor erosions to gain. (if used judiciously when under scrutiny, these "cover" plays likely add long term access to a game). and, recall that the major advantage of the player versus the dealer is that the player may vary his bets, all of which the house must book. the ability to identify those decks compositions of player advantage, and to increase one's bet in those compositions, "bet spread" is the player's strongest tool. recall as well, the value of uston's big player gambit. likely the seated, team counters flat bet/table minimum, played basic strategy and on big counts, called in the bp. uston then placed only large, perhaps table maximum, perhaps multiple spots, wagers, thus arriving at a table min to multi-hand, table max spreads. the value of that "big player" gambit clearly was not subtle strategy changes, rather, obviously, bet spread.
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