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    Doubling Soft Hands

    Are there indices or times when doubling soft hands according to BS against dealer 3-6 are not right play. I have not seen anything in what I have read or studied. In CV practice I have won only 28% of these hands and fewer at high counts. In actual play over last two months I am closer to 0% in higher counts. I get a ten to give me 13 to 18 and lose. Dealer not busting. Is this bad luck, my imagination or am I missing something?

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    Yes, there are a bunch of them, but the indices aren't that valuable.

    a5 v. 3 is close
    a7 v. 2 is very close
    a8 v. 5,6 is very close
    a9 v. 2-6 happens at high counts

    I think you gain more from memorizing 8 v. 2-6 than these soft doubles. And A9 v. 2-6 is usually the same as your TT v. 2-6 index.

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    These are the indexes I use(High Low):

    A,8 v 4,5,6 - Double @ 3,1,1(0 H17)

    A,6 v 2 - 1
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    I use (Risk Averse Zen Count/Deck)
    A2 vs 5 +1
    A2 vs 4 +2
    A3 vs 4 +4
    A5 vs 3 +9
    A6 vs 2 +2
    A7 vs 2 +1
    A8 vs 6 +1 (h17) +2 (s17)
    A8 vs 5 +3
    A8 vs 4 +5
    A9 vs 5,6 +12 (special index but heat creating).

    Otherwise it's basic strategy.

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    Thanks, just so I am clear. In your examples you are saying that on A3 vs 4 you won't double at +4 or higher.

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    Just to be clear, however, soft doubling indices aren't worth much. You're probably better off memorizing 8 v. 2-7, TT v. 2-7, 7 v. 2-6, etc. They just don't come up that often, and the ones below soft 17 aren't that sensitive to the count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moo321 View Post
    Just to be clear, however, soft doubling indices aren't worth much. You're probably better off memorizing 8 v. 2-7, TT v. 2-7, 7 v. 2-6, etc. They just don't come up that often, and the ones below soft 17 aren't that sensitive to the count.
    For several sessions I thought I would not double on soft hands at all but just hit away, just for the hell of it, but if I remember correctly about broke even on the play. I did this after a discussion on a forum a few years ago about the low EV of soft double, or something along that line.

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    BP...know where I can get some risk averse indices for zen??? or PM me yours???
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