I'm new at card counting in that I've been practicing for a few weeks, both at home and watching (not playing) at the local casinos.
I've got most of the basics of card counting down. I can keep a running count without any problems, estimate a true count based on the size of the discard stack, and have basic strategy and the Illustrious 18 down.
The one thing I can't seem to find any information on is how much is the optimum amount to bet at each true count. I know it varies depending on the rules, etc.
The only BJ game I can find locally is 6 decks, hit soft 17, double after splits, 75% penetration. Not excellent rules, but not bad either. I'm wondering what is the best amount to bet at each true count for this specific game.
Reading a few blackjack books, I've found one that recommends the following bet spread:
TC 0 = 1 unit
TC 1 = 2 units
TC 2 or 3 = 3 units
TC 4 = 4 units
TC 5 or 6 = 6 units
TC 7 = 8 units
TC 8 = 10 units
TC 9+ = 12 units
And yet another recommends:
TC 0 = 1 unit
TC 1 = 3 units
TC 2 = 7 units
TC 3+ = 10 units
How good a guideline are these betting strategies? What is the "best" betting strategy for the rules I listed (the one that creates the highest player advantage)? If an "optimum" strategy is unrealistic to put into practice at a casino (due to heat potential or bankroll requirement), I'd probably favor a more conservative one.
I know that bet strategy is somewhat subjective, based on bankroll size and personal risk. So some general advice would be fine.