Month: May 2017

Advanced Card Counting For Blackjack

The Fractional 10-Count System
A card-counting system for blackjack in which you keep track of the exact number of both high (ten-value) and low cards that have appeared in play, and the ratio, to indicate to you the favorability of the deck.

When the deck is rich in tens and face cards, it favors the player, since the dealer is more likely to bust by having to hit on a stiff hand (12 through 16) while a player has the option to stand on a similar hand. That’s what you want to know: when is the deck rich, so you can increase your bet then. A good card-counting system is one that counts all the ten-value cards. This fractional 10-count system for single-deck games counts how many tens have appeared, and balances this number with the number of low cards that have appeared. Since there are 16 ten-value cards, the group of low cards must also be 16. You choose the contents of your low-card group according to which seems to you more influential in play — 3 through 6, or 4 through 7. Aces are not counted, and neither are 2, 8, or 9.

The top half of your fraction always represents the low card count, and the bottom, or second part of the fraction refers to the high card count. You start with 16/16 because that is the total of both, then subtract one when a card of either group appears. Suppose you enter a game and see 6 low cards and 3 high cards. Your ratio would be 10/13. In subsequent hands, you simply keep subtracting from each part of that fraction. The key is this: a smaller fraction is more favorable to you. That 10/13 would indicate a deck beginning to favor you, but an even smaller fraction, like 7/13, would definitely mean you should increase your bet. When the fraction equals a number greater than one, like 12/9, the deck is unfavorable and you should decrease your bet to your single unit or simply sit out a hand or two.…

How to Choose the Best Casino

If you’ve been visiting and playing in casinos for a long time, you may already have your own favorite casino. But if you’re new to gambling and don’t know which casinos to play in, you might get confused with the dozens of casinos all vying for your business. Choosing the best casino for you is important if you want to have fun and at the same time improve your chances of winning. Some wiseacre might say that the best casino is one that is open 24/7, but we all know that this is not always true.

There are several key factors to consider in choosing the right casino. One is the house edge, which is the percentage that the house or casino will win. A high house edge means that your chances of winning will be less because the house will win most of the time. A low house edge, on the other hand, translates to better chances for you to bring home the bacon, so to speak. Look for a casino with a low house edge as you’ll have better chances of winning the jackpot with a low house edge.

Most experienced gamblers would prefer casinos with a low house edge than casinos with high house edge. It’s generally better to play in a casino with a low house edge but with smaller jackpots than in a casino with astronomical jackpots but with a high house edge. Even if the jackpot is big enough to make your eyes pop out, it makes no sense trying to win the jackpot if the high house edge prevents you from winning it.

Some casinos try to offset their high house edges by offering bigger prizes, so be wary of them. If you play mainly for fun or just for the thrill and excitement of going for the big jackpots, then it might not be a bad idea to try them.

Another important factor to consider in your casino selection is the rules for its various games. Look for the casino with the most player-friendly rules for the games you wish to play. If you’re used to splitting in blackjack games, then look for a casino that allows splitting in blackjack. The same applies to other games.

There are other factors to consider in choosing the best casino, like prestige, reliability, playing environment, proximity to home, comps, etc. But the two aforementioned should be your primary considerations when choosing the best casino. These factors are also applicable to online casinos. Listen to your wants and needs as well as your motivation in gambling, and base your casino selection on these factors.…