A Blackjack Betting System That Really Works
Many beginners to gambling and blackjack often ask, "Which betting system is the best?" or "Which betting system should I use?" This article gives an answer to this question while also explaining what betting systems are.
The truth about betting systems
All gambling is based on betting. Every time you make a bet, you are gambling. Now unless there is rigging, match fixing or some other gambling anomaly involved, no one knows the outcome of what you are betting on will be. This is true for all gambling games whether it's slots, keno or blackjack. Even if the game involves skill and your chances of winning can be improved by the use of strategy, it still does not guarantee a win. A bet is a gamble and no gamble is guaranteed to win every time.
Yet this fact does not deter gamblers from trying to find winning gambling systems. You will find all kinds of gambling systems for sale - for craps, blackjack, roulette, slots, horse racing and so on.
Here's a tip of you: Don't believe any of it. Never pay for a gambling system or betting system that promises you sure money. Even arbitrage betting (betting on opposite sides of a contest at different odds) has its risks.
Kinds of betting systems
There are dozens of betting systems available. The most well-known, and the first one gamblers usually discover, is the Martingale System. In this system, you double your stake after every loss so that you cover all losses automatically once you win. Unfortunately, you need a huge bankroll for this system and the potential gain is small. Also betting caps in casino games prevent the use of this system.
Betting systems typically involve one or more of the following:
- following a set pattern, e.g. 1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,3
- increasing your bet after a win, decreasing after a loss
- decreasing your bet after a win, increasing after a loss
- taking your original bet and profits together for your next bet
- betting only with your profits
None of these systems really work and further, many of them aren't even logical. For example, to increase stakes after every win is assuming that you win, you are somehow assured another win. It is a common gambler's fallacy to think that previous results have some influence on future ones. They don't.
A blackjack betting system that works
For a betting system to work, the system must "know" when you are likely to win and when you are likely to lose. That is the acid test of all betting systems. If a system is just a string of numbers, then it has nothing to do with the game at all and any success with the system is just chance or luck.
For blackjack, one real betting system that works is that which is based on card counting. If you know how to count cards, you know when the odds of the game are in your favor and when they aren't. Then you can adjust your betting system according to these odds. Bet minimum when the card count is negative, and bet higher when the card count is positive.
As you can see, this betting system is based on real knowledge, not guesswork, and this is why it works. So the next time you look for a betting system, check to see if it involves card counting.