I do not understand it well enough to summarize it... here is the description of counting (Probability Theory, Live!182-4). Perhaps you can summarize and explain it, ZGeetser.

"My count always starts at 0 / 0. I say mentally zero-zero.

"~ The first number represents my consecutive losses.

~ The second number represents my skips without two or more consecutive wins. This parameter is trickier to grasp. I still have difficulties keeping accurate track of it mentally. It is much easier on paper.

"If I lose my first hand, the count becomes 1 / 0. If I lose also the second hand, the count becomes 2 / 0. I say mentally

two-zero.

"If I win my first hand, the count becomes 0 / 0 and a half. I say mentally zero-zero and a half. The half simply indicates that the parameter is still running. If I lose the following hand, the count becomes 1 / 1. I say mentally one-one. That means I lost 1 consecutive hand; I also have a streak of 1 without winning 2 hands in a row. If I win my first hand, the count becomes 0 / 0 and a half. I say mentally zero-zero and a half. If I win also the following hand, the count becomes 0 / 0. I say mentally zero-zero. That means I have no consecutive losses; I also won at least 2 hands in a row. If I win my first hand, the count becomes 0 / 0 and a half. I say mentally zero-zero and a half. If I lose the following hand, the count becomes 1 / 1. I say mentally one-one. That means I lost 1 consecutive hand; I also have a streak of 1 without winning 2 hands in a row. I lose also the following hand. The count becomes 2 / 1. I say mentally two-one. I win the following hand. The count becomes 0 / 1 and a half. I say mentally zero-one and a half. I lose the following hand. The count becomes 1 / 2. I say mentally one-two. It means I lost 1 consecutive hand; I also have a streak of 2 without winning 2 hands in a row. That is, in 2 consecutive situations, my win was not followed immediately by another win.

"I noticed that the second count is less streaky than the first one. That is, I win more regularly 2 (or more) hands in a row. I keep that in mind when I martingale my streaks. The Fundamental Formula of Gambling tells me that I win at least once in 7 hands with a degree of certainty of 99%. I martingale more aggressively at the beginning of the game. I martingale the first count when it reaches 4. Since the second parameter is more consistent, I martingale it after it reaches 3. I go up to 7 in both cases (2-4-8 and 2-4-8-16). I stop at 7. I become more cautious after 100 hands or so. I martingale the first count after it reaches 6 (or 5 earlier in the game) and the second count after it reaches 5 (or 4 earlier in the game). I go as much as I can or allowed. If I sense that the streak is real bad, especially inside the same shoe, I stop the martingale after 7 and start another one with 3 bet units.

"The advantage at blackjack is higher payouts for blackjacks and double downs. After long losing streaks, the winnings come quite often as blackjacks or double down hands. I also try to disturb long streaks that are favorable to the dealer. There are shoes when the dealer seems to always have blackjack or 10-10 or never-busting hands. Some players play an extra betting box, if available. Others sit out 1 hand. Personally, I try not to play by the book. If playing by the book helped the dealer in this shoe, I figure I’ll break the rules this hand and thus hope to break dealer’s hot streak. As I said before, I split two tens against dealer’s 4, 5, or 6. I also hit 12 against 4, 5, 6 in those situations. Or I stand on low count against dealer’s 7-A."

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