Issue 309
August 14 - August 21, 2006
Volume 6
page 3

"Two-Wins" Blackjack Strategy
By John Marchel

Blackjack is known as a fun and easy game to learn and play. Just about everyone can count to 21 and it only involves you and the dealer. Remember, the other players at the table are on your side, not like in poker where you are playing against each other. It is all of the players together playing against the dealer.

In addition, in just a few hours of reading a good blackjack book most players can learn "Basic Strategy." This strategy is the best and most correct way to hit, stand, double-down and split at blackjack.

Well, you say you have learned all that, but you're still not ending all your sessions with a profit. One thing you can look at is your betting program. Are you flat betting, making the same wager each and every hand? Or are you increasing the size of your bets as you win and reducing them when you are losing?

As a card counter I normally size my bets according to the "count." If the count favors me, I bet more, but if the count is in favor of the house, I wager less. However, sometimes when I'm getting ready to leave a session, I stop counting and use my "Two-wins" strategy. With this system I don't need to concentrate on the count at all. What I want to do is simply win two hands in a row.

To explain it simply, I'll use a small betting unit. You can use any unit size like $5, $10, $25 or whatever level you are comfortable with, the unit size is not important.

For this example I'll use the five-dollar unit. The first thing is to start with a bankroll of $50. This will allow you to place ten bets during the session. Start by placing a $5 wager in your betting spot. If you should lose the hand, again bet $5. If you win, again bet $5, but this time add that five to the $10 that is waiting for you in the betting spot from the previous winning hand.

Now your second hand will have a $15 bet. If you win the hand, pull it all back ($30), and again bet $5. All you are trying to do is win two hands in a row. If you should lose the second bet, continue to bet $5 on the next hand. Do this strategy until you have gone through your 10 $5 bets.

I've found using this system, and only playing at the $5 level, that I can win a quick $100 in a very short time, particularly when I find I'm a little "warm" or the dealer is a little "cold."

Another important item to remember is I can play this way without counting cards and using basic strategy only. The bottom line is you are trying to win only two hands in a row, not three, not four, only two.

Try this simple betting system the next time you play blackjack in a casino. You might just like it and maybe you'll find it to be profitable.


About the Author

John has been a successful casino player for over 25 years. He has played in Europe, Panama, Bahamas, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Reno, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in dozens of cities throughout the country. Since 1988 he has combined his vast experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling all across the US. John has an Internet site at He also publishes The Gaming Bulletin, a monthly Internet gambling newsletter and is the author of 101 Casino Gambling Tips, and the K.I.S.S. Guide to Gambling.


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