Originally Posted by ReardonMetal
I'm good at simple calculations in my head. For example, I can tell the percentage of cards that will bust my hand.
While this is commendable, it's barely a start. You will have to be able to correlate this with the percentage of times that DEALER will bust, given the current deck composition. You also have to determine your equity for each time you DON'T bust. In other words, even if you MAKE a hand, how often will it win anyway?
Given that there are billions of combinations that can come up; I don't see how you could develop just ONE strategy - you would have to memorize all umpteen billion strategies.
Perhaps I'm wrong, but I would guess that the standard card counting systems of today are the strongest known way to do this sort of thing. If you or someone else can come up with something better; you'll certainly be able to sell a lot of books!