November 13, 2003

Basic Counting

The book "Bringing Down the House" piqued my curiosity into black jack playing and the method of basic strategy.

Basic strategy is a methodolgy for playing Black Jack that dictates your action at every point in the game. It has been worked out mathematically in order to give you the best odds of winning.

Essentially this lowers the in built advantage the casino has over the game btu without breaking any rules. Unfortunately, since the wild variations in betting needed to stand a chance of winning are so easily spotted, the casinos tend to "politely" ask you to leave.

Bringing down the house tells of how a team at MIT used a system of multiplayer basic strategy, combined with some basic card counting (also not cheating as no rules are broken) in order to win millions at Vegas.

Posted by Andy at 02:28 PM into Games
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