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  • luis beckert said:
    (Posted to: Blackjack Strategy Trainer)

    “The effect of surrender for an accurate basic strategy player is to reduce the house edge by somewhere between 0.07% and 0.09% depending on the other rules of the game. If you are a $10 bettor, you should save about 50 cents an hour over the long run. While this improvement is small, every little bit helps. For a card counter, surrender is considerably more valuable for several reasons.”

    What is the percentage of reduction if I am a card counter?

    • The amount of benefit surrender provides for a counter depends on almost everything that can change in the game, penetration, bet spread, etc. There is no convenient one-size-fits-all answer, and I don’t have an estimate at hand. If you need an answer, get some software to check your specific conditions.

  • Man, dont know about this system… I mean it doesn’t seem to work as you are saying… I’ve played many hours in 6decks shoe online live casino (you see the shoe and the dealer) , totally of 70.000 euros in bets, I’m playing only at TC >1 and i am losing atm 3000euro… Many times I went losing streaks of 10-15 continuing bets, i did some 2wins 20loses and 3wins 30loses, while i have never won more than 7 continuing times and usually not more than 3-4 times in a row (while losing 7-10 times in a row happens very often). And the most important thing is that when the TC is 4+ I’ve been losing the majority of my bets (about 80%). I m kinda disappointed, I dont think im just “unlucky” and my loss is just statistics since 70,000euros are many many bets. Shouldn’t I be winning more than 50% of my bets since I’m playing only in TC>1 ? I have been doing EXACTLY what the game master suggests and betting exactly as he says, not once i did something wrong… You are saying that you play TC> -1 and you make money, how come i play TC >1 and I’m losing? Thank you for your time, I hope for an answer.

    • It could be a lot of things, but the most likely is that you are still looking at too small a sample size. You don’t quantify how many hands you played other than “many, many bets”. Until that number is in the tens of thousands of hands, your results in a six deck game with very poor penetration is going to dominated by variance. (Go read about N0 (N-Zero) to learn more about that.)

      Also, you still have at least one misunderstanding about the game. You will never win 50% of your hands, even in super-high counts. See https://blackjackincolor.com/truecount5.htm

      If you are serious about the game, get some software, check your expected results and practice with the software.

      Last of all, since you are playing “live online”, in my experience the shoes in those games are typically brought to the table already shuffled. This of course could be a way for casinos to cheat.

  • Playing heads up against the dealer is great, for one main reason. It’s fast! With no other players to slow down the game, you get more hands per hour and therefore a higher long-term win rate per hour. Of course, this assumes you are counting and playing accurately. But to answer your question, this is a good thing for a counter.

  • The dealers have there own way of cheating. while you are distracted by the shill sitting next to you, the dealers covering up the cards so you are forced to think of other things. I had a dealer shuffle the cards around before putting them in the discard trey. acting like they had slipped out of his hands and he also kept winning so i studyed him for a few hands and left the table still with half my chips.some dealers or good enough that they keep track of patterns or clumps i should say.

  • KEN I HAVE BEEN COUNTING CARDS FOR ALMOST 0NE YEAR,
    I GOT YOUR BASIC STRATEGY CHARTS FOR 6 DECKS IT HAS REALLY HELPED ME.
    MY QUESTIONS IS OR OBSERVATION IS I SEEM TO FIND IT EAYSER TO COUNT CARDS WHEN ITS JUST ME AND THE DEALER.
    BUT ON A BAD SHOE I FOUND ITS REAL EASY TO SEE MY MONEY DISAPEAR.
    I CAN KEEP TRACK OF THE COUNT BETTER WHEN I JUST PLAY AGAINST THE DEALER.
    IS THIS A GOOD OR BAD HABIT TO GET INTO?
    THANKS