Originally Posted by Grant2600
Not bad, I just done a whole unit on it at college, and I made a spreadsheet that calculates EV and SD, it also tells you what percentage advantage you have based on the TC. Im not sure if its all correct but its based on the information I got from the seminar videos with seymon duckach on youtube.
Good stuff. I found when I built mine, the two most important pieces of info to know were:
(a) distribution of hands by true count.
(b) the %age positive and negative edge at each true count.
The first you'll find buried in Wong's Prof BJ somewhere or Mr Schlesinger's Blackjack Attack (get 3rd edn). The second is roughly steps of half a percent.
When you've got these you can apply your betting ramp, and any Wong out plans in neg counts to come up with a pretty reasonable indication of the return on the game you're planning to tackle. Just constructing the spreadsheet will give you an insight into the game.
Re your earlier post, I've found in my number crunching that a 1-8 spread will give you a marginal postive EV. For the UK game, you'll need a larger spread to have any worthwhile advantage, with a consequent need for a bigger bankroll to ride out the flux.