Oscar’s Grind for BJ, etc
PERFECT BLACKJACK STRATEGY
This is my favorite. Also known as Oscar’s Grind, it can be used with all even money bets, including Baccarat, Craps, Roulette and Blackjack.
I have won tens of thousands of dollars with this system in the past. Because of it’s conservation nature, you won’t ever “hit the jackpot”, but your losses will be minimized.
Not only that, over the course of several years of gambling, you could establish a nice “retirement fund”!
Properly managed, it wins many more table sessions than it loses. It often wins even when losing bets outnumber winning ones. It works most satisfactorily when the betting unit is not more than 2 or 3 percent of the sum that the player is prepared to lose at the particular table session.
Thus, a $5 betting unit should be backed by a readily available fund of not less than $250.
As usual, the player should be content to discontinue the session when winnings are half or less of the allotted capital.
The $5 betting unit would call for a stop-gain limit of $100 or $125.
The celebrated gambling mathematician, Dr. Allan N. Wilson, introduced the system in his immensely informative book,
The Casino Gambler’s Guide (see additional details in Appendix A).
Wilson reported that Julian Braun, the foremost computer analyst of gambling probabilities, had found that a player who used the system on even-money Craps wagers with a betting unit of $1 would risk reaching a $500 house limit no more often than once in 4,250 sessions.
It stands to reason that someone whose own loss limit is considerably short of the house’s maximum bet would be quite secure. And that is how this system seems to work out in real life. When making $10 bets with a stop-loss of $400 and quitting when $200 ahead, I have paid — thanks to Oscar — for more than one trip to Caribbean and Nevada casinos. I win about three sessions in every four.
The originator of the system, a weekend Craps shooter, undescribed except as Oscar, told Wilson that he had never left Las Vegas as anything but a winner. The probability was enormous that he would lose someday and that the average loss (as Julian Braun found) would be upward of $13,000 when bucking a $500 house limit. But as I keep saying, no reason exists to play that way. The personal stop-loss and stop-gain are powerful allies.
Enough of this suspense. The system probably is an off-shoot of the D’Alembert. The goal of each series of bets is a profit of one betting unit. When that profit is in hand, the player pockets the chip and begins a new series. When the number of pocketed chips equals the prescribed limit on gain, the player cashes in and takes a recess.
The first bet in each series is one unit.
If it loses, the next bet is also one unit and the player notes that a loss will now bring the deficit of the series to two units. After a loss, the next bet is always the same size as the bet just lost.
When a series is losing, proceeds of a successful bet are not pocketed but the next bet is increased by one unit.
No bet ever is larger than may be necessary to end a series with a profit of one unit.
To illustrate, the player loses the first five bets in a series, and is now five units behind.
The next bet of one unit wins, leaving the series four down.