Running Count/True Count At a Single Deck Game

This discussion is about how players can make use of running count, in games like single deck blackjack, to aid their betting strategy. It is also possible to compute for a true count in games like single deck; players will need this to strengthen their strategy.

Mathematically speaking, take the running count, and divide it by the number of decks of the unplayed cards. Technically, for the single deck game there is a simpler form to compute this conversion:

1. Running count is equal to true count while playing from the initial quarter of the deck... 2. Multiply running count to 1.5 when playing from the second quarter of the deck, and then... 3. Multiply the running count to 2, when playing from the third quarter of the deck.

Take note that in a game of single deck it is the true count that is more important than the running count, but in shoe games it is the contrary.

For readers to understand this clearly, let us take some examples: Assuming that you are playing in a game of single deck, and while in the game from the second quarter deck you have a running count of +2, and you have a true count of +3, the computation for this was: +2 running count x 1.5 = +3

Then, if you have running count of +2, while in the game from the third quarter deck, your true count will be at +4; the computation would be as follows: +2 running count x 2 = +4.

In a game of single deck the bet spread of 1 to 4 units is adequate enough to gain the advantage. The best suggested betting strategy is to bet for the following true count results: if the player has the true count of negative or 0 the bet is at 1 unit, if the true count is at +1 the bet is at 2 units, if the true count is at +2 the bet is at 3 units and if the player has the true count of +3 or more the bet is at 4 units.

In a game of 6 decks, players will need betting spreads at least 1 to 8, or preferably at 1 to 10. The betting spreads should be at 1 to 10, or 1 to 12, in the game of 8 decks.

For players to easily remember the betting spreads for 6 decks, just always keep in mind to bet twice the value of your positive true count. Let us say that you have a true count of +1 your bet should bet at 2 units, and if you have a true count of +2 the bet should be 4 units, with true count of +3; the bet should be at 6 units, and then, if you have a true bet of +4, the bet should be at 8 units.

If players are playing at an 8 deck game, they should have a slightly more aggressive betting strategy, with a top bet of about 12 units. Example: +1 true count, bet 3 units; +2 true count bet 5 units; +3 true count, bet 8 units. With a +4 true count, or more, bet 12 units.

Remember that your large bets should come with your calculated improved odds!