First of all, I respect your view point and expertice regarding advantage play. I have enjoyed and learned from many of your postings on these threads. However, as a veteran of the hole card and dealer warp games of the 80's i have one question to ask you. Does counting when playing hole card (first base or front load/index) or warps really mean anything?? I played both plus some other methods during my playing days in 1983 and 1984.
Now I might be wrong but with an advantgae of aprox 2.8% playing first baser's (where I get the hole card when the dealer looks under the ten's and aces) and aprox 5% when seeing the dealer delivering himself the hole card at least 80% of the time, I don't see the point of counting cards to increase the strategy plays, say 0.25 to 0.5%. One thing I wouldn't do was vary my wagers to the count, because I don't want someone in the pit to back me off for counting when I have a 100% front loader (6% adanvtage) or a great first baser. I don't need the extra information when first basing (seeing the hole card a little better then 40% of the time) to make optimal strategy plays and gain 0.25% (if that).
I respect your hard work in developing indices for these situations, but between me and you, I feel it's not practical for use in the game today. Again, I might be wrong.
Suprised you didn't recognize me from a job audition I went on, in 1979, where we talked afterwards. Shhh!
Actually the reason for combination is to better resolve the questions of the optimal points to transition from counting to other advantage play and apply multiple tactics. The counting adds little to the edges involved from these beyond counting plays, but the ability to avoid wasting ones time, or still exploit more uncertain predictions is the goal. There are interesting mathematical points about this too.
Per Zman's instructions, we have examined our applicant paperwork from 1979 and have retrieved a photo of Mr. Cant from his file. This photo will be disseminated to all casinos in Las Vegas. It's just a matter of time before Mr. Cant will no longer be able to play BJ here. (Of course, the possibility always exists that this is just a clever disguise, but we doubt it).
The rating of hole card play versus basic strategy means a sharp drop in gains too. If you cannot go back to counting and cannot resolve conflicting recomendations clearly, there is just too much wasted opportunity at the table. The biggest gain is cover I think, just like the biggest gain in going past the i18 is probably a cover one. You CAN sell index use as screwing up basic (just before the implosion!).