Some months ago I decided to to try to learn how to count cards for my own amusement (incidentally, your posts have chored up my confindence in making money at this... if I save up a $40,000 bank roll I could do extremely wel...) Never been inside a casino. I bought Bryce Carlson's "Blackjack for Blood" and have have learned his Omega II system (a level two count.) I can count down a deck now fairly quickly (of course, I have no way of knowing if I can do it well enough for casino play...) and have memorized basic strategy and his modified strategies for -6 and +6 decks. Here's my question: he includes a betting index which tells one when to increase one's bet. Unfortunately, it is very vague and I'm not sure if I really trust it. Unlike the rest of th book, it is not backed up by any sort of math. For instance, when playing single deck in Las Vegas, the table states to bet 2 units at +2 and over 2 units and +3. What happens when I'm at +9? Aren't these numbers rather low? Why am I suddenly jumping up above two units when I haven't even got a rich enough deck to justify using a +6 playing strategy? Just deosn't seem to make alot of sense.
Do any of you use a comparable count? How do you decide when to raise your bets? Frankly, if I could find a book which could help me wade through the math, I could figure this out on my own, but I'm not exactly sure how to make the leap from the odds of winning particular hands to the odds of winning with a particular count. If I could do that, this issue would be moot. Any help? Thanks.