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Blackjack Articles And News: Martingale, Betting System, Blackjack Strategy, Wild Jack

September 11, 2010.

The Martingale Progressive Blackjack Betting System Review.

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The Martingale is a premier and most recognized betting system in roulette and blackjack gambling. If you're a risk-taker, the Martingale may be what you're looking for because you can quickly win big or lose a lot. Originally designed and considered to be applied to roulette table this system can also be used in blackjack. The basic idea of the Martingale system is when you lose a 50/50 bet, you double your bet on the next hand/spin.

A "Foolproof" Way to Win at Blackjack Tables
The goal of most blackjack gamblers is twofold: to win money and to have fun. In most cases, the former is more important than the latter (there's nothing fun about losing) so most blackjack players sit down at the table armed with their way to win. The smart players will have a strategy or strategy card for a certain game. The basic blackjack strategy is also a great way to play (and have a great odds) and even card counting is a viable strategy for blackjack fans. In order to win or increase your chances of winnings you should understand the game and know what you're doing - hunches and guesses don't work on blackjack tables.

But for many gamblers a good strategy is not enough. The pace of winning at blackjack with the basic blackjack strategy is fairly modest and for some players it's too slow and doesn't pack enough of a punch. Gamblers are always on the lookout for that extra edge over the house and that's where betting systems come in. Whereas playing strategy dictates when you should hit, stand, double, split,... a betting system is a framework for wagering, usually based on prior outcomes (wins and losses). Lat's looke at one of the most known gaming system.

Being one of the most famous betting systems around, Martingale is not named after a person; a "martingale" is a type of mathematical process. The Martingale betting system is considered a "negative" system. This means if you lose the hand, you increase (double) your bet on the next hand. If you lose again, you double your table bet again. If you win, you go back to your original bet size.

The Martingale Doesn't Guarantee Winnings
Lat's try to understand the Martingale system on the blackjack game examples. Suppose, you're playing blackjack at a conservative 2-dollar table. You start with the minimum bet or $2. If you lose, your next bet is $4 and if you lose again, your next bet will be $8 (then $16, then $32, and so on if you keep losing). If you win, you go back to your original $2 bet.

The main idea behind the Martingale system is that you have to win sometime. When you do win, you will recoup all your previous losses, plus make a small money profit. For example, if you lose your first 5 hands, you will be down $30 (2+4+8+16+32=62). If you win your next hand, you will win $64, so you are up $2 for the series. Even if you lose your sixth $64 bet, you will be down $126 total, but winning your next bet for $64 will put you $2 up. In theory, no matter how many times you lose, you need to win only one hand to recoup all your previous losses and go up $2 overall. Then you start a new Martingale betting series with a $2 bet, and eventually you are bound to win your $2 on that series too.

Where theory collides with reality, however, is that eventually, if you keep losing, you'll reach the maximum bet allowable at your blackjack table and you won't be able to recoup your serie's losses. While the Martingale can work for you in the short term, the longer you play, the more likely that you will get long-long losing streak during which you couldn't double your bets high enough.

What you should also reach, possibly, is a pre-determined amount beyond which you're not willing to go. In other words, when using a system like the Martingale, it's very important to set limits on possible losses. Otherwise, if you are on a losing streak, you can lose unimaginable amounts of real money, chasing one bad hand after another.

Basic Blackjack Strategy And Cards
Systems like the Martingale are not highly recommended for most players. They may work in the short run, but if you play for a long time you take the chance of hitting an extended cold streak in which case you can lose a bundle of money. The Martingale is tempting for games like roulette and baccarat, as well, but, no matter what your game, you shouldn't depend on it too heavily. In blackjack, you have the great basic strategy and you may find optimal strategy card for your game.

Special thanks to the Wild Jack online casino for the review of the Martingale Betting System. Please note thay you can find strategy cards to over 10 different online blackjack versions on our site. Find the strategy cards that could decrease a house edge up to just 0.2% and play at trusted online casinos, like Wild Jack.


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