I'm a relative newcomer to counting, but I've been practicing hard for the past few months (I have BS memorized, practice counting down decks of cards about 20-30 minutes at least 4 times/week ... I can count down 1 deck in about 22 seconds, 2 decks in about 45-47 seconds without error virtually all of the time. Working on accurate and speedy counts with distractions; I turn the tv up loud, carry on a conversation, etc). I don't consider myself good enough or confident enough yet to bet a lot, but my bankroll isn't the problem.
I seem to be doing fairly well at 6 deck shoe games, but I haven't played enough sessions to tell if its due to skill or a statistical aberation.
I have some general questions:
1) I play 6-deck shoe games and use the Hi-Lo system. I haven't got all the modified BS memorized yet, but am able to range my bets fairly well (usually $10 - $50). Obviously learning all the modified BS moves will help, but what are some other things I can do increase my % (such as keeping a side-count of aces .. how does that impact the moves and bet ranges) ?
2) Any comments on T.J. Reynolds book, 'The complete book of blackjack'? Any other recommendations?
3) Is there any correlation between a prior shoe being negative or positive and the next shoe being like-wise (i.e.: if the shoe is very negative at the time to shuffle, is there a significant statistical likely hood of the next shoe having a negative count or does the act of shuffling remove any correlation
4) Hi-Lo seems fairly easy to me to keep the true count. Are there any additional things I can do to help my % that are relatively easy to implement?