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1 July 2000

Dear Frank,

I read your article in Casino Player regarding smart ways to play stupid systems. I have two friends who play blackjack and baccarat. One friend's system is 1, 3, 3, 6, 6, 12, 12, 24, 24, 48, 48, and so on. The other's is 2, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and so on.

Any thoughts? Sometimes they have huge wins, and sometimes they have big losses.

Dear Reader:

The only progressive betting system that has undergone any kind of testing is Walter Thomason's Four-Step from his book Twenty-First Century Blackjack: A New Strategy for a New Millennium. Even with a few million simulations and thousands of manually dealt decisions, so far the jury is out concerning his claims that the system actually beats flat betting. Still, his results are intriguing and deserve attention from flat bettors looking for some better betting scheme.

With that said, I would caution against using such radical escalations of bets as you describe since that second step can actually put you in a hole if you lose. Instead of doubling or tripling the bet on the second step, why not just go up a half unit. So it looks like this: 1, 1.5, 2, 3 and so on.

The math of gambling and most previous computer studies of betting systems show us clearly that the casino's edge on the total amount of money a player bets in the long run will not change because of the system he uses to place his bets. Of course, in the short run, the pattern of your wins and losses can be drastically altered by various types of betting systems.

All the best in and out of the casinos!
Frank Scoblete

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Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution

> More Books By Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players

> More Books By Frank Scoblete