My blackjack strategy is fairly straightforward and I’ve coined the term Momentum Blackjack ™. The basic premise in Momentum Blackjack is that if you combine the use of surrender, smart play with some small variations to the ‘book’, and maximize wager sizing you will give yourself a better chance to walk away from your session ahead of the game.
Component one is using blackjack surrender – I’ll do an upcoming post more fully describing my complete endorsement of surrender, but for the purposes of this post on Momentum Blackjack ™ what you need to know is that surrender is a key piece of the puzzle to keep your losses to a minimum when you have low odds of winning the hand.
The second piece of the puzzle is applying blackjack strategy that doesn’t follow the book. I’m a fan of the blackjack book in general, especially if you are a beginner and want to know the basics to give yourself a chance to win. The challenge that almost every dealer will tell you is that this is basic blackjack strategy and anything basic is meant for people who are looking to have a good time and want a simple answer on the question of hit or stay. I’m not counting cards and my variations to the book are slightly unorthodox at times, but I’ve seen solid results.
The last main part of Momentum Blackjack ™ is wager sizing. If you bet the same on every hand you will lose money every trip to the casino. If you raise your bets too high you will give away your winnings too fast on losing hands especially if you’re losing on doubles or splits. I’ve spent a lot of time on Excel spreadsheets doing the math on bet sizing and how much and how often to raise or lower bet amounts to maximize your potential winnings.
These are the keys to my Momentum Blackjack ™ system that has consistently put me ahead at the casino when I’ve employed it correctly and consistently. Happy to discuss the details directly with anyone who wants to learn more.