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I Play perfect Basic Strategy and with counting cards I estimate my odds are 50/50 with house. I am trying to compare 2 concepts. I determined 1 Standard Deviation is 10 bets. For this, Heads is a win, tails a loss.

  1. Flipping a coin, how often will I get 1 SD (10 Bets aka "Heads") ahead, before seeing 3 SD (30 Bets) (tails) of Loss. With 10 bets a winning game and 30 losing bets, a losing game.

Do you see a better optimization of this theory? FYI: play is about 64% in the 1SD area, and in 2 SD area approx 93% of time, and within 3 SD approx 97% of time, which would seem to indicate that I will only see that out of 3SD loss 3% of time.

In practice, not knowing the math to optimize this, I win about 14 of every 15 games. (With counting I know I have up to a 2.3% edge over the house, but I must increase my bets with the count, and wonder if keep my play at the 50/50 level, can my betting strategy win for me, I could do this without getting barred from play.

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    $\begingroup$ Your post contains some terminology which might be unfamiliar to a typical user of this site. For example perfect basic strategy or SD. Maybe explaining them or adding a link to some source where they are explained might improve your chances of getting an answer. (Of course, there is no guarantee that somebody will answer your question.) $\endgroup$ Oct 14, 2015 at 6:24

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If every bet is one unit and you really do have a 50% success rate on every bet, then you have a random walk with expected value of zero. Under these conditions your chance of getting to +10 before -30 is given by $${{30} \over {30+10}}=0.75$$

Your situation is different because of complicating factors like doubling down, blackjacks, splitting pairs, and the surrender option, if it is offered.

However, if your expected value is zero then these do not matter and your basic strategy will not have a positive expectation. Your betting strategy is irrelevant. Your overall expectation is the sum of the expectations of each bet, and a sum of zeros is zero no matter what you bet on any individual hand.

Read the Wikipedia article on "Random walk," especially the one-dimensional case.

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So your saying that if you flipped a coin, you would get to 30 heads as often as 10 tails (as an example), which I do not understand. Play is in 1 SD (Standard Deviation) +/- 10 flips approx 65% of time, and player has right to exit at +10, while may play thru second and 3 rd SD. With house only winning, by exceeding 3 rd standard deviation 3% of the time. As background, I do count cards and won the World Series of Blackjack twice, as well as Miss Zmerica Annual tournament the last 2 years.
Standard Deviation or SD as I used it is the area where 64% (32% winning and 32% losing) is played, comparing to a coin flip is utilized to simplify, as with the right rules, and the abity to take breaks on shoes that turn negative, entering on a neutral shoe or preferably a positive count shoe, where you watch 3 hands from dealer utilizing a running count of the cards before entering. My goal is to net raise my bet up and down with the count, as this gets me barred from playing in all but tournament settings. Larry E. Bache, Sr.

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