Silberstang System of Blackjack

This system was written by Edwin Silberstang. Silberstang’s approach is a kind of abstract of several similar systems and is quite attractive in its simplicity. Although his mathematics is beyond our current reach, his mode of operation can be easily explained.

The heart of the Silberstang system is card evaluation. That is, the player gives a value to each card in the game, his own, the dealer, the other players’, as many cards as are exposed. He does not really memorize these cards, however. He assigns arbitrary numbers to them.

Let us explain. All cards number 2 to 7 in the Silberstang system are arbitrarily given a numerical value of at most 1. All cards of 9 by the king and ace are equal without 1. And the 8 is neutral.

Now the player starts. He looks at the cards on the board. It mounts to them upwards according to the assigned values ??just given. And he goes by this rule: if any extra cards and subtracted together according to the above values ??give him more points, that is, if after he has added all assigned values ??cards and sort with more than without, then the bet is in his favor. If a neutral or neutral points goes up, they are against him. On smaller accounts he should then bet a minimum amount, over a maximum. Simple and precise.

Other rules: When the points add up to 1 or more 2, the player should bet two pieces of any unit value bet. When more 3 or 4 he bet four pieces. When more 5 or more 6 he bets six pieces. Above 6, he is betting eight pieces. Silberstang warns, however: do not make sudden leaps in your betting habits. Do not increase your bets out of proportion with your previous game pace.

Some new points: 1. When you have more 6 or more take insurance. 2. Never split again if you have a count of minus 6 or more, except when you are up against a low card, that is, from 2 to 6. 3. If you have 6 or more and the croupier shows 7, 8, 9, 10, or ace do not double down on the hard ones. If the dealer shows a 2 to a 6 then double down on a 10 hard. 4. If you have more than 6 or more, do not draw at a hard 16 or against the dealer if he shows 7. 5. Hands of the game two at a time, but no more. This gives you the benefit of seeing more cards and making more profits. Silberstang, by the way, suggests that gamblers avoid casinos where cards are dealt down if using this system, he points out, too,