# Blackjack Betting Systems and Strategies: The Mathematics Behind the Game

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 dc.contributor.author Conrad, Kirk dc.contributor.author Smith, Brandon dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-24T16:32:14Z dc.date.available 2020-08-24T16:32:14Z dc.date.issued 2003 dc.identifier.citation Conrad, K., & Smith, B. (2003). Blackjack Betting Systems and Strategies: The Mathematics Behind the Game. Mathematics Exchange, 1(1), 14-15. en_US dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/202212 dc.description Article published in Mathematics Exchange, 1 (1), 2003. en_US dc.description.abstract The game of Blackjack, also called Twenty-One, has changed signiﬁcantly since Edward Thorp wrote his famous book Beat the Dealer in the 1960’s. Prior to the publication of this book, Blackjack players gave a huge advantage to the casino. Thorp’s book allowed even the casual gambler to employ a method which did not require advanced mathematical knowledge. This method, known as Basic Strategy, formalized a decision-making routine by which the house advantage was signiﬁcantly reduced, if not turned to the player’s advantage [1]. Ever since Blackjack has been oﬀered at casinos, players have attempted to employ strategies to gain an advantage, but Thorp’s system actually works because of its strong mathematical foundation. Thorp developed his method by running computer simulations and determining the optimal decision based on the current known information. en_US dc.title Blackjack Betting Systems and Strategies: The Mathematics Behind the Game en_US dc.type Article en_US
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