Basic Strategy for Card-Counters: An Analytic Approach
By N. Richard Werthamer
We develop an efficient method, similar to that of Marcus (2007) who calls it Counter Basic Strategy, for casino blackjack card counters to play the cards of each hand. It is as easy to use as Basic Strategy, unlike elaborate schemes involving strategy indices; and captures much of the yield improvement they offer. This method is taken to be that set of count- and composition-independent play parameters (like Basic Strategy in this regard) that maximizes the yield, the expected cash flow averaged over all rounds between shuffles. Basic Strategy, in contrast, maximizes the expected return of just the first round after a shuffle.