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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencerb533 View Post
    I am not 21 yet..


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    Many states allow 18 year olds to gamble at tribal casinos. Casinos in MI that allow 18 year olds.
    https://www.casinos18.com/states/michigan/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencerb533 View Post
    I am not 21 yet..
    That's a good reason. However, I believe some of the Indian casinos in your part of the country allow 18 year olds to gamble.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeeBabar View Post
    Not for the OP but for other pros. Will the OP not be able to win, say flat betting only on a true count of +2 or higher? Say $50 when he plays?

    Moreover, to make it simple for the OP, enter the game at TC+2, leave at anything below, a unit being $50, adding another unit for each count over +2. Start there while he reads up on stuff?
    Yes, but playing that way becomes obvious pretty quickly and longevity is difficult. Also, in these Covid days, many casinos no longer allow "spectators" to linger behind a table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencerb533 View Post
    I have a sizeable bankroll. By back counting I mean I stand behind tables and when the count is favorable I play. I guess that would be considered “wonging.” I can not play for a long time because I get confused and have no real bet spread.


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    If you are backcounting and entering at positive counts AND your bankroll is large enough, then FLAT BET. Sim this structure to determine EV and SD. N0 will be much smaller number of rounds. In this case, if you only play postive counts and will play about 12 rounds per shoe (6 deck, 14, 8 deck)

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    If any of this confuses you, then seek other means of building your fortune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencerb533 View Post
    I can only play for 1 hour tops before my mind starts to go blank.
    Others have dealt with the bet spread, but the line I quoted makes me think you may have another issue. If you are using a balanced count, and your brain is getting tired, try using an unbalanced count (e.g. ReKO). If you find yourself getting bored and distracted - come back to us with more info about your game, and playing conditions.
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    Blackjack Apprenticeship

    Quote Originally Posted by Stealth View Post
    If you are backcounting and entering at positive counts AND your bankroll is large enough, then FLAT BET. Sim this structure to determine EV and SD. N0 will be much smaller number of rounds. In this case, if you only play postive counts and will play about 12 rounds per shoe (6 deck, 14, 8 deck)

    Bet ramps invite surveillance.

    If any of this confuses you, then seek other means of building your fortune.
    And op can only do 1 hr at a time. So, drive six hour round trip, 12 bets out.

    I guess get profitable if wins all 12.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeeBabar View Post
    Not for the OP but for other pros. Will the OP not be able to win, say flat betting only on a true count of +2 or higher?
    No, he/she would win

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    I used Blackjackapprenticeship.com and found it very beneficial.

    I spent 2 to 3 hours training daily. And played in the casino after 1 month.

    It's has a very active forum with many new players, has easy to read charts, and the training software is great.

    If you decide to not use Blackjackapprenticeship.com, I would recommend the book Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong.

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    I would recommend BJA for your first year counting. Colin is easy to reach and helpful with all members but especially newbies. The content and fellowship are hands down worth the money invested. I’m a winning player and have been for going on 3 years. I am convinced I developed great habits and strategy using that site. You can read all you want but BJA will help bring the game to life for you


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    I am not an AP, but have more or less learned how to count cards via this website, Dons BJA3, and Casino Verite. Only been doing it for about 6 months and obviously Covid has interrupted it, but you can certainly learn on your own (ie, without BJA). However, casino verite is virtually a must, IMO.

    Edit: should also add the podcast Gambling with an Edge as a resource in my studies.

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    While very very helpful, it isn't quite "a must."

    And although I've never used it, I would highly recommend it.

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