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Re: No problem, let's move on
Posted by Soma on 2 June 1998, at 5:38 p.m., in response to Re: No problem, let's move on, posted by JJ on 2 June 1998, at 4:13 a.m.
I agree that one needs a strategy, but Pre-defined goals and Timeframes (which seem related) are dangerous concepts, similar to Target betting. I have an expectation of success but I can only let it happen in its own good time, not make the cards fall my way to suit the clock.
I have no Personal qualities that influence the outcome of the game. I just play the strategy, untailored, straight out of the book. My betting is a factor of my bankroll and the 'count', calculated using the book formula, unvarnished.
Whether the dealer is in a hot streak or I am in a cold one, I frankly don't give a damn. If I had any spare time left over to notice what the 'billy-goats' at the table were doing, I would apply it to using a more sophisticated count. I accept that I cannot win every hand but I don't give a damn about that either, I just play the hand in front of me. For example, with a hand of 12 and the dealer showing a 2, what should I do? Rather, what can I do? How hot the dealer is, or what my philosophy or gut-reaction is, or what the international situation in Tibet is will not help my decision. I can only hit or stay. There is not even a third alternative. If there are no 10s left in the pack I will hit it. If the only cards left are 10s I will stay. If I don't have that exact information I trust the count to give me some idea as to which is the better of the two. It is a simple decision. Every hand a player receives requires a similar decision, about equivalent to flicking a light switch ON or OFF.
It doesn't take an 'incredible amount of heart.' or an ' iron will' or 'a fierce determination to succeed' or 'nerves of steel' or an 'inordinate amount of discipline' or 'self-control'. One certainly needs to know what they are doing, but it is not particularly difficult. I can do it easy enough and I'm no genius. I have used a count successfully for nearly 27 years. If someone can show me a better or easier way to beat BJ, I'll switch to it.
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