I have been a serious part-time counter for several years. I have given up counting for a while (for various reasons) and have been trying out a system that I have put a lot of thought into. I have been playing it for about 5 months---have been very successful---but I know with the few # of hands played (just over 11k) there is no reason to get excited. Here is my system: I keep track of the number of hands lost vs. number won. I know, in the long run, the win/loss % is 47.5/52.5. I count on long losing streaks and then the math to take over and start bringing me back towards that 50/50 ratio. For example: I start out betting 2 units. I count my wins and losses. Win = +1, Loss = -1. I bet 2 units until I reach a -6 count. At that point I ramp to 10 units. I continue to play untilt the count is even (I stop), or the count goes to -12 (I ramp up to 15 units. I continue to play until the count is -2 (I stop) or the count goes to -18 (I ramp up to 20 units). I continue to play until the count reaches -5 (I stop) of goes to -25 (I ramp up to 25 units). I have never gone beyond -28, and this only one time in 5 months. I know this seems ridiculous to some of you. However, just as sure as the math says that the casino has a small edge over perfect basice strategy, it also says that my long term win loss ratio will approach 48/52. I like to play 100 hand sessions. Occasionally, if the count is high, I will go up to 200 hands. Yes, I have losing sessions (about 1 in 6), but until now my wins have far exceeded my losses. My heart wants to believe this will work long term, but my head tells me this has already been tried and there is a professional out there that can show me the error of my ways! I have learned a lot about blackjack and counting from this website and I would like to thank the pros who take the time to respond to questions like theses!