I know, there was a similar thread several weeks/months ago, but the only responses were saying how little +EV can be found in blackjack. Never-the-less, im very interested in learning to play well, if not for the monies, then just for my own enjoyment.
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RiKD   United States. May 30 2018 16:33. Posts 6108
There are apps for the phone that will teach you how to play perfect and practice for counting cards. Fuck, I think it's like you can expect to lose about a penny on the dollar playing perfectly in most formats that don't suck. I think wizardofodds.com has a calculator for that. If you are sitting at a full table you are losing less $/hr and full tables are typically more fun. If you start drinking heavily it will also be less loss of $/hr and more fun but make sure you can continue playing basic strategy even when you are blackout drunk.
This is just being a math robot. I was never the best at being a math robot. I find it hard to keep up conversation when I am counting but I was never the most practiced. Also, if you kelly bet (look that up) you will be found out even if you are just playing green chips. It is fucking awesome to go on a rush though. I remember I found myself in a position where my edge was like 10% and all of a sudden I am stacking greens. The dealer was like what the fuck and then she started fucking with me and a floor person came by the table. You gotta do a modified kelly looking for scraps basically. So, it's a balance. If you can hold a conversation and drink while counting then you are better off. I've heard you can sneak into the black and purple chip games with this strategy. If there are just 2-3 players with a good dealer you could get maybe 100 hands/hr. 1% edge with modified kelly betting would get you $500/hr in a purple chip game. I don't know how long that would last if there isn't a large player pool. If you are the only guy in the whole area you'll make more per hour but you might get sniffed out sooner. Better to take a lower hourly most likely and play with larger tables. There is also the route of forming elaborate teams but I don't know anything about that besides watching the movie "21."