Or, I could buy an old copy of Katarina Walker's book off of a forum member?
The strategy and bankroll requirements are much too high-level for me. Great book, though.
No disrespect, but I also know consistent winners on the game. She is a legit mathematician and I don't have any reason to doubt her methods. The Wizard cites her on the S21 page.Quote: Ibeatyouraces
I practiced for months using my 6 deck blackjack shoe, minus the pip tens, with her strategy and proper betting and never once came close to being ahead. I'm a little suspect of it.
It helps if you have good games around to play. In the Eastern U.S., the good games are in Atlantic City, Ontario, some PA casinos, the two CT casinos (I think), and a couple places in Illinois and Indiana.
One more thing. The count strategy is not as easy to learn as blackjack.
The conditional rules are a bear to learn too. I'm not familiar with the count strategy, but the 6-7-8 payoff probably warrants a look at, if you want to be successful.
I like Spanish 21, and most casinos in Indiana still S17 (except Hollywood in Lawrenceburg). Horseshoe Council Bluffs is the only casino I've played at that offers H17 with redouble, with redoubling up to three times.
I have written a simulation program to start calculating my own indices. I was surprised by how insensitive the play seems to be to the count. I thought once the count got high enough, borderline plays in BJ like 16 vs 10 would also turn to stand or surrender in Spanish21. But the indices are very high (at least for my level 2 count).
Does anyone who counts S21 know if this is true for all play decisions? Do I need an Ace side count to make good play decisions? Buy the book?