Casino Blackjack Strategies 2

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Betting Systems

Apart from following the above strategy, you may also opt to employ a betting system. This simply means following a system that instructs you on how much to bet and when to bet it. There are numerous systems, some more effective than others, largely depending on how far you are willing to go and what the casino’s table limits are. We have included some of the more common ones below.

The Martingale System

This is one of the older and most well known systems. It has you double your last bet after a loss and bet your starting amount during a win. For example, say you start betting at $5. If you win, you bet $5 again; if you lose, you bet $10, and if you lose again, then $20, $40, $80 and so on. When you break the losing streak and win, you have made all your money back plus another $5. The drawback to this system, which is also why it is not that highly recommended, is that if you are on a losing streak the betting escalates quickly and you might tap out or reach the table limit. Otherwise, if you know when to cut your losses, it can be an effective system

Progressive Betting Levels for Blackjack

This system, unlike the Martinagale, rewards you during winning streaks and minimizes your losses during losing ones. To use this system, pick any number of levels of bets that you want to make. You could pick, for example, three levels, consisting of $5, $10, and $15. You start with your first level, $5, and go to the next level only when you win. If you lose, go back to the first level.

Two of the most popular progressive betting systems are 2-level and 4-level. In the 2-level system, during winning streaks you stay at your high bet until you lose. In the five level system, once you reach the highest level, you go back to your first one, irrespective of whether you won or lost. In this system, it is also popular to pick multiples of 1, 2, 3, and 5 (eg. $10, $20, $30, $50, then back down to $10).

Progressive systems reward you on your winning streaks and keep your losses low when losing. Since it is natural that some pattern of streaks emerge, as opposed to win-lose-win-lose-win-lose, these systems can really pay off if you play them correctly.