Blackjack is a casino game where each move you make can affect the outcome of a round. Besides deciding whether you will hit, stand, double or split, you need to determine how much you will wager per hand as well. Blackjack betting systems can help you make your decision easier. We have already presented positive progression betting systems to you, and now we want to introduce their counterparts – negative progression Blackjack systems. Stay with us to learn how they function and decide whether you should use them.
These systems work in the opposite way of their positive counterparts. So, if using positive progression betting systems means that you will increase your bet whenever you win, with negative progression systems, you raise your stake whenever you lose. Let’s see what the most popular systems you can use when losing are.
The Martingale is the oldest and most popular negative progression system. What makes it so popular is the fact that it is easy to learn. If you bet $1 and lose this stake, your next wager should be $2. The progression continues until you win at which point you return to your original wager of £1. As simple as that. The main idea behind the Martingale is that you should gradually increase your bet so that once you win after a series of losses, your payout will cover the money you have lost.
Another popular betting system according to which you should use the Fibonacci sequence. So, starting with $1 bet, you should increase your next wager after a loss so that it is the sum of the previous two numbers. If you have lost a $1, your next bet should be the same. If you lose another hand, your next wager is $2 ($1+$1) and so on. Again, when you win, you return to your original bet. This system should also secure higher payouts from those stakes that are increased due to a losing streak.
Now we have a system that is more complicated than the previous two. It is known by other names as well such as the Split Martingale and the Cancellation System. Unlike the Martingale and Fibonacci, the Labouchere should enable you to recover losses with multiple wins instead of a single win. This system requires more time and preparation as it is based on a sequence of numbers you start with. For instance, you can write 1-2-3, which will represent units you will bet at a Blackjack table. So, you need to write down the numbers which total an amount you can afford to risk.
And now, you have to calculate a bit. Your bet should always be equal to the total of the first number and the last number in the sequence. For instance, you need to wager $4 ($1+$3) as your first Ante. If you win, you remove the first and the last number from the string, and your next bet is worth $2. In case you lose, you add 4 to the end of your sequence, and your next stake is worth $5 and so on. Once you remove all the numbers from the sequence, you can start it all over or set another one.
The negative progression systems require raising bets when losing, and if you choose to play according to any of them, you need to be ready to risk more money. However, we speak of betting systems and not strategies, meaning that they cannot affect the outcome of the game. What they can change is how much you can win from a single hand.
Although Blackjack is a game of skill, an element of luck is still involved. You can never tell whether you will win or lose, so risking too much in the hope that you will cover your previous losses may not be effective at all. Stick to your bankroll and use the proper strategy, that’ the only way to be successful in the game of Blackjack.