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Is Blackjack Really the Easiest Game in a Casino?

June 5th, 2011

For a long time the debate has been going strong over whether or not blackjack is in fact the easiest game to play in casino, in other words that it’s easier to make a profit in blackjack than it is at any other game. In fact the debate has been going back and forth so long you may be wondering why it’s not studied by scientists. Well actually it HAS! A few years ago, It think it was in the 80′s, a group of students from Stanford University actually set out to study the odds of different casino games in order to figure out which games, including blackjack, might be the most potentially profitable games to play in a casino.

Interestingly, the team from Stanford was only interested in house games, that is; games where players aren’t playing against each other but rather when they are playing against the house. It’s interesting to note that blackjack is kind of a combination of the two, because while you are clearly playing against the house, there are other players there as well that have a big impact on the game. The same is true of online blackjack, while you are actually playing against the house, in online blackjack the computer simulates the other players that would normally be seated with you at a casino, and they play at the online blackjack table along with you.

Anyway, the long and short of it is that the university students actually found that YES! Blackjack is in fact the easiest game in a casino, to earn a profit at. But remember they did not count poker. Most people believe that poker is actually the easiest way to earn money in a casino, but that in order to do so you have to be really good. Well the same is true for blackjack. While it may be true that blackjack does provide slightly better odds than any other game at, either a live or online casino, whether or not you will win a profit depends on how GOOD you are! Don’t expect that you’ll be able to sit down at blackjack and make a profit as long as you play enough. It doesn’t work like that. Black jack is a game of skill just as poker is. The university team found that you need to take the time to develop a blackjack strategy, and then once you have developed a strategy you have to employ that strategy over a long period of time in order to make your strategy turn a profit. In other words, the better odds that everyone talks about at a blackjack table, are really only very slight. A person will only gain an advantage over the house if they have a solid strategy and they play for a very long time. But the good news is it actually works. The university students were actually able to make money at every casino they went to, even online casinos. And when the university published its findings in scientific journals, the students that did the work were actually not allowed to set foot in any casinos in the country.

So while it may be possible to get good enough at blackjack that you can actually make money playing it, the moral of the story is, if you can do it, don’t tell anyone, or at least don’t publish it in a journal.

The Easiest Blackjack Card Counting System

September 13th, 2010

I personally recommend using the Red Seven or KO Count card counting systems. They are basic systems that perhaps are the second easiest to learn. By using an easy system you sacrifice some potential advantage. However, a simple system counted correctly is better than an advanced system played incorrectly. Plus, with a simply system you can play a fast paced game, playing more hands per hour. All statistical advantages require time to bear fruit, so the more hands you play the better.

So what is the easiest system? That is the Wizard Ace/Five count system. Be warned, it is easy but not for the faint of heart. It attempts to counter the accuracy loss by using large bet spread. Any card counter must increase his bet when the odds are in his favor in order to beat the house. The difference between the minimum wager (played when at a disadvantage) and the maximum wager (played when at the maximum statistical advantage) is the bet spread. The Wizard Ace/Five count has a maximum bet potentially as high as 38 times the minimum. That means if you a $10 minimum, you must be prepared to wager up to $380 on a single hand. You must also have the bankroll to support that high of a spread.

Card counters are normally identified by their bet spread. With such a large bet spread, you may think the Wizard Ace/Five count may quickly get you spotted as a counter. On the contrary, the Wizard Ace/Five system is so basic; you are unlikely to get identified as a counter.

In addition, the Wizard Ace/Five offers little advantage. The system can be used recreationally just to gain comps from sustained playing time, but will offer little value beyond that.

So what is the Wizard Ace/Five? The system uses only 2 point values. Any five card played is +1. Any ace played is minus one. That’s it. You keep a running count starting at 0 and looking for fives and aces only. In addition, there is no “true” count, so you do not need to divide the running count by the number of decks remaining. With a 75% penetration, stand on soft 17, late surrender and re-splitting aces you can get a 0.22% advantage using the recommended bet spread.

The five card is an important card because it will not bust the dealer hitting a 16 and makes a 17 out of 12. Therefore the five is important. The ace on the other is beneficial to the player. Ace and Shuffle tracking exist just to track aces.

Now the painful bet spread. You bet the minimum wager on any zero or negative running count. For a positive count, you bet 2 times the minimum times the running count. This can potentially lead to a spread of 38 times the minimum assuming a six deck shoe. If you were to assume that all fives were played (4 cards per deck and 6 decks per shoe) and no aces played, the highest bet could be 48 times the minimum (24 x 2). I have heard that in simulations of a billion hands, the spread never actually got higher than 38 times. You must bet the proper spread in order to take advantage of the positive signal. Reducing the bet spread reduces your edge. The average bet in simulation is 2 to 3 times the minimum wager.

The Wizard Ace Five is the easiest card counting system. Learn more about Wizard Ace Easy Card Counting.

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