Hey everyone, this is my first post as I am quite new to the forum, but I have serveral questions I think would be best asked all at one time. I have a few casinos I visit throughout the midwest, and for the most part, the rules tend to be the same: dealer hits soft 17, double any card, split any card (aces hit once), doubling allowed after splitting. I have read a few blackjack books since I started playing a few years ago, with Cardoza's quick guide to winning blackjack on my desk at the moment. If you have this book, I use the Atlantic City Multiple Deck chart for my basic strategy play. Questions for playing with a 6 deck shoe: 1)using the hi/lo method with (10-A = -1) (7,8,9 = 0) (2-6 = 1) what running count should i start with as I enter a brand new shoe? I have done a lot of internet research, and for the most part, places say different things. I generally begin a shoe from the 0 position, but I would like to be more precise with my count. The places I play will show the burn/blind if asked. 2)I use a betting table based on the true count with a spread from 5 to 25: True Count Units bet 0-1 1 2-3 2 4-5 3 6-7 4 8 and up 5 I have thought about making the spread wider to increase my chances of having more on the table when the deck is in my favor. My question is what you would suggest in this spread as far as making or not making changes? I don't have a huge bankroll, but I like to bring 100-150 to the table per session. Thanks for the help everyone, I'm sure I will have more questions in the future.