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  1. How To Learn Basic Strategy

    This is a cross-post from my blog

    Basic Strategy is the correct strategy for playing every hand in the game of blackjack. It lets you know when to hit, stand, split, double, and surrender. Blackjack gurus often hand their students the following chart from the Wizard of Odds, and tell them to memorize it:



    Nice info, Mr. Guru, but how in the world do we memorize this?
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  2. The HNF Count

    Most of the information on the "High Normal Form" is buried in ancient threads. I thought it worthwhile to give it a more permanent home.

    The HNF uses the tag numbers

    A,2,3,6,7 = +1
    4,5 = +2
    8,9 = 0
    T = -2

    For betting accuracy, the Ace should be side counted as -3.

    This is an unbalanced count. Therefore, IRC = -4 * Number of Decks

    In the simulations I've performed or seen, the HNF outperforms ...

    Updated 02-01-2016 at 02:49 PM by First Normal Form

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  3. Kelly betting on high variance games

    Quote Originally Posted by brh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Matt21 View Post
    I have actually asked a similar question on the old bjinfo but wanted to revisit this as I found some conflicting answers.

    Generally speaking, when betting full Kelly you divide the edge% by the pay-off a winning bet to arrive at the % of your bankroll that you should wager on your bet.

    Does this apply equally regardless whether your pay-off is 1:1, 5:1, 10:1, 50:1 or 100:1? Does this rule of thumb change if you are playing with a high edge (say 30% or 40% as an example).
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  4. Advantage per Running Count, Unbalanced Strategy

    We have seen charts showing the advantage a player has by section of the shoe for each True Count when discussing Floating Advantage. But, what about unbalanced counts?

    I created a chart showing the advantage by running count using REKO-F for the first deck in the shoe through the fifth deck in the shoe. In the earlier sections of the shoe, high counts are not possible as the initial running count is negative. This chart is provide with no editorialization.

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    Updated 06-16-2019 at 04:01 AM by Norm

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