Blackjack SCOREs Cover Betting
does cover betting affect SCOREs?
Here we will look at the SCOREs for the same methods of cover on
the previous page to get a feel for the overall impact of the effects
of cover. The green bars provide results assuming that you reset
the bet to one unit after a shuffle. The red bars provide results
if you follow the cover rules even after a shuffle. Reviewing the
1 No Increase after a Loss
2 No Decrease after a Win
3 Same Bet after a Push
4 No Large Increases or Decreases
Remember that these are cumulative. Cover 4 in the charts is the
effect of all four cover methods. This chart shows the dramatic
effect on overall results of religiously following all cover methods
for the given decks, rules, penetration, players and spread. In
particular, limits on bet increases are very painful. We can also
see that resetting the bet to one unit at the start of a shoe helps.
This chart contains the same data points but for single-deck with
two players and four rounds betting 1-3 units. We start at a higher
SCORE. However, we drop much more quickly. This is not surprising
as the count is much more volatile in single-deck. That is, the
count changes much more from one hand to the next, but we are unable
to react by changing the bet as much as we would like with cover
play in effect.
Clearly full cover is not acceptable in single-deck.
- Six decks, S17, DAS, LS, 4 players, Hi-Lo max indexes, 4.8/6
- Single-deck, H17, 2 players, 4 rounds, Hi-Lo max indexes
- Eight degrees of cover
- Two billion rounds each