Review of Beat The Casino by Frank Barstow
Posted on March 4, 2012
Review of Beat The Casino by Frank Barstow
Frank Barstow was a Wall Street Analyst. Upon retirement he did substantial research on gambling systems.
All the gambling systems are documented in the book “Beat The Casino”. The book is now out of print.
He concluded by saying that he could have named these systems as “Royal Road to Riches, but he chose not to”. Then, in the epiloque, he criticised the politicians for legalising the casinos.
He explored up as you win systems, up as you lose systems, bet selection and partnership play.
UP AS YOU WIN
If you would like to go for small but consistent wins, parlay is a good system to use.
Barstow recommends this system
2 3 4 5 7 10.
Total= 31 units.
He said you should win 42 units for every 31 units that you lose.
You can also use the 31-parlay system
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This system was documented in Las Vegas magazine. This old man make a living playing just one system.
The total loss per series is 31 units. That is why it is commonly known as 31-parlay system.
For playing parlay systems, use the reverse-repeat bet selection (more on this later).
And try to chose tables with lots of doublets and avoid tables with lots of singlets or chops or jumps (whatever you call it).
It does not matter if the cards do not go your way. You still have to do it for the benefit of the doubt.
Up-two-down-one system. Barstow says this is the best system. So, he lent his name to this system.
Now it is known as Barstow’s system.
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Starting bet is one unit. You move up either one level or two units after a win. You reduce one level after a loss.
Generally, you conclude the series after three wins in a row, www, or two wins one loss then another two wins, wwlww.
It is not necessary to end the whole series after say www.
You can pull back to a lower level somewhere in the middle of the series if you still need to catch up.
Everytime you lose, you reduce one level.
If you lose three big bets consecutively exceeding 30 units, you drop the whole series. Execute your strict limit on losses.
Barstow said he played eighteen four hour sessions. His results are as follows:
Won 14 four hour sessions averaging 350 per session
Lost 4 four hour sessions averaging 150 per session.
See some examples here and figure it out yourself how I play this system.
Losses are in brackets
The examples are taken from my log playing 5% baccarat in one of my overseas trips.
1, 2, 3 won 6 units
Example 2 :
(1), (1), (1), (1), (1), (1), (1), (1), 1, 2, 4, 6, 3, 5 won 13 units
(1), (1), 1, (2), (1), (1), (1), 1, 2, (3), 2, (4), 3, (5), (4), 3, 5, 7, 9, (5), (4), 3, 5, 7. Won 16 units
(1), (1), (1), 1, (2), 1, (2), 1, 2, (4), 3, 5, (6), (5), (4), 3, (5), (4), 2, (4), 3, (5), 4, (6), 5,
(7), 6, 8, (10), 9, (11), 10, (5), 4, 6, 8, 4.
Won 2 units. Despite losing the two highest stake of 10 and 11.
You will notice how I deviate from the basic rules.
To win playing this system skilful handling is a MUST.
Play within your comfort zone. Professional gambling is a trade-off between risk and reward.
You must be comfortable with the risk in order to take the reward.
This method is still smart chasing of losses. The odds are still negative.
UP AS YOU LOSE
All up as you lose systems fall under the grind category.
Barstow says 80% of the professionals only escalate on winnings whereas 20% of the professionals also escalate on losing.
To the latter, they say it is the surest way to win.
Barstow describe the following systems.
1. Doubling up or Martingale.
Barstow recommend strict limit of losses at four levels.
Careful bet selection is a MUST to come out ahead.
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Barstow says bet selection is crucial to come out ahead.
Just follow my blog. One day I will describe to you how I modify these fibonacci numbers for optimal play. I won between 50 cents to one dollar per bet. That is, if I had played one thousand bets, my winning is US$500.
3. Two-Five system.
Barstow recommend this system. He says it is a good especially when
played with partners or use imaginary partnerships.
You create a string with five numbers.
For example 2 3 5 7 10
Start with two units you keep pushing up until you get two wins or lose the series.
Anytime you get your two wins you conclude your series.
For example your winning series can be
(2), (3), 5, 7
(2), 3, 5
(2), 3, (5), 7
2, (3), 5
2, (3), (5), 7
(2), (3), (5), 7, 10
(2), (3), 5, (7), 10
For bet selection, Barstow recommend a method he named it “PATTERN”.
In this bet selection you will lose to double chop or two-two, but win all long series of single chop (or jump or alternating). You will also win all long streaks of BANKER as well as PLAYER.
You only lose to BANKER second liner and PLAYER second liner.
The REVERSE of PATTERN is the bet selection known as REVERSE-REPEAT.
Barstow recommends player switch to REVERSE-REPEAT when they notice they are losing more times.
In REVERSE-REPEAT, player wins the first liner and second liner of both BANKER and PLAYER.
REVERSE-REPEAT bet selection is ideal when you are playing systems like parlay where two consecutive wins are crucial.
REVERSE-REPEAT BET SELECTION IS IDEAL WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING SYSTEMS LIKE PARLAY WHERE TWO CONSECUTIVE WINS ARE CRUCIAL.