Blackjack Betting Systems
On this page, I'm going to tell you about four specific Blackjack betting systems that are among the most used in all casinos. Gambling systems can give players a more strategic approach to the game. Each of these four specializes in a different betting pattern and amount that is wagered in order to maximize the payout.
Good Blackjack players know there is more to the game than spur of the moment intuitive bets. The four systems of interest here include the Paroli Betting System, the Parlay System, the Martingale System, and the D’Alembert Betting System. Each is designed to adapt to your present chip count, meaning as you play further into a round, the specific system will change patterns. Follow carefully through each explanation to determine which of the blackjack betting systems best fits your playing style and bankroll.
The Paroli System
The Paroli System is a very basic blackjack betting system that requires more choice by the bettor than actual strategy required. The main purpose of the system is to continually increase your bets for every previous bet won consecutively. This means if you were to bet $4 on the first hand played at a table, and then win $4 in return, your next bet should exceed the $4 from the first bet. If you were to win this bet, then increase again to a bet greater than your second. Losing at any time would require the bettor to return to the original bet of $4. It is very simple and the most important decision for the bettor to determine is the ending point, or when to leave with your winnings. The most appealing features of this system are the ease of understanding, and that no large bankroll is required.
The Parlay System
The Parlay System is very much like the Paroli System but differs slightly in the progressive state of winning. In the Paroli System, the player usually increases his or her bet after each win, but the amount that the wager is increased is not specifically determined. In the Parlay system, a winning hand
determines that the next consecutive bet after a win will be the original bet from the previous hand along with the winnings. This means that after a few consecutive wins the bets will increase exponentially and can become very large. This is the reason that the Parlay system requires a thorough understanding of bankroll management skills in order to profit. This system is also referred to as the “Let it Ride” System due to the fact that the full amount won in previous hands is then wagered the next consecutive hand.
The Martingale System
Martingale is one of the very simple digressional blackjack betting systems, perfect for conservative players that enjoy a less chaotic form of betting. This system begins with a small initial bet that should have no substantial impact on the bettors bankroll whether he or she wins or loses, usually it will be the minimum bet allowed at the table. If the bettor were to win the hand the bet would not increase on the next hand, but if he or she were to lose, then the next bet would double. The reason for the doubling of the next consecutive bet after a loss is to regain back the losses of the previous hand. For example, if the player first wagered $2 and lost, the next bet would be at $4 to win back the $2 lost in the previous hand. Therefore the only betting changes in this system are after a loss, and the only way a player could lose is by never winning a hand after continually doubling his or her bets or reaching the house limit, which is possible but not likely.
The D’Alembert System
The D’Alembert System is based upon the Martingale betting premises but with minor changes. As the Martingale System requires, the player increases his or her next bet after each loss, and decrease the next bet after each win. But, after a loss the player increases the bet by only one unit, not increase by doubling the previous bet. The same is true with a win; the player should only decrease the bet by one unit. For example, if a player were to determine a unit (which should be determined prior to sitting at the Blackjack table) at $2, he would first wager $2 on the first hand. If he were to lose, then the next bet should be $4, and then if he lost again, only increase by one more unit, to $6. If he won that hand, then only decrease the wager by one unit, to $4. This system is slightly more conservative than the Martingale System because the bets are not exponential after losses, which entails a smaller bankroll.
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