KingB84
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November 17th, 2016 at 5:55:23 PM permalink
The object is to clear \$100. You have a bankroll of \$5000. What are the odds using basic strategy to accomplish this goal? 6-deck shoe. I've practiced using Oscar's Grind & Martingale. Using PS2 blackjack games, online simulators & apps for my macbook pro. I've played about 100 "rounds" to this point and haven't lost any @ the \$100 mark. Lost trying for higher totals, but not when stopping @ \$100. Using \$10 units for the Oscar. For the Martingale it's 5-10-20-40-80-160-320-500. Seems to be an unreal outcome to me. Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks

Kingb84
RS
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November 17th, 2016 at 6:02:11 PM permalink
With \$5k, you're very likely to win \$100.

Keep practicing (without real \$\$\$), and sooner or later you'll see it's a losing system. Better to figure that out for free instead of for \$5k.
KingB84
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November 17th, 2016 at 6:20:40 PM permalink
I agree. All systems are "meant" to fall short. I wouldn't use Martingale for real. Oscar, however I have used and done fine with limited rounds. With Martingale, if you lose 8 straight to begin with you are in a pretty good hole. I keep hearing about 96% win rates, but those 4%ers can be doozies. I'm just looking for #'s to see if any of the apps/simulators I'm playing against are close to real-life play. 100% wins @ this point seems quite lucky. That's why I was asking about what the % should look like with the goal of \$100 and no more.

Thanks

Kingb84
RS
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November 17th, 2016 at 6:31:07 PM permalink
I believe the likelihood of turning \$5,000 into \$5,100 is 5000/51000, in a fair game. Of course, blackjack isn't a fair game (unless the HE = 0.00%). So with a disadvantage, your probability of success should be less than 5000/51000.

An easier way to see if the sim are legit or not, just flat bet a small amount (\$5) on it. Record the hands played. But this would also take very many hands (many 10's of thousands).
billryan
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November 17th, 2016 at 6:49:13 PM permalink
I played a slight variation of Oscars Grind for years playing \$3 blackjack the El Cortez.My goal was to win \$25 or lose \$150. My Winning sessions outnumbered my losing ones by well over a 10- 1 ratio, but most sessions were neutral, neither goal achieved.
My real goal was to have a base hotel that I could get free rooms and most meals free or discounted. As the EC is notorious for sweating bj, I figured my ninja like counting skills should not be wasted there.
KingB84
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November 17th, 2016 at 6:51:23 PM permalink
Agreed on the latter. I've done that, but of course no where near 20K hands. I'm not sure what 5000/51000 tells me. That would seem to say .098 is the probability of success. Did you mean 5000/5100?

Either way, I am thankful for your replies.

Kingb84
KingB84
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November 17th, 2016 at 6:55:50 PM permalink
I've only played a few times so far. -70. Even. +55. +100. The last 3 were only for about an hour each. The first was 5 hours of just betting \$5 on each hand. I'll try to sharpen my ninja skills as I go.
CasinoKiller
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November 17th, 2016 at 11:06:52 PM permalink
Quote: KingB84

The object is to clear \$100. You have a bankroll of \$5000. What are the odds using basic strategy to accomplish this goal? 6-deck shoe. I've practiced using Oscar's Grind & Martingale. Using PS2 blackjack games, online simulators & apps for my macbook pro. I've played about 100 "rounds" to this point and haven't lost any @ the \$100 mark. Lost trying for higher totals, but not when stopping @ \$100. Using \$10 units for the Oscar. For the Martingale it's 5-10-20-40-80-160-320-500. Seems to be an unreal outcome to me. Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks

Kingb84

"Seems to be an unreal outcome to me."

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RS
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