Progressive betting strategies 101
Betting strategies are often touted as another method for players to maximize their wins with little effort. Mr Blackjack shares the fundamentals all players should know to progressive betting systems.
Here is a question that comes up often in the comments of my YouTube videos: 'What betting strategy do you use when you play blackjack?'
There are many betting strategies out there, and we will walk you through all of them, starting with the most popular ones: Martingale, 1326, and 212. What's important to understand about these betting strategies is that they are all designed for a specific reason.
Some are designed to guarantee a small payout, like Martingale, where you risk more and more to guarantee a win on your initial wager.
Others are designed to limit your downside, like 212, where you increase your wagers when you are winning and decrease when you are losing so that you don't chase after losses when the shoe is bad.
Most players look for a strategy to ensure the biggest wins possible when starting. These strategies are based on the expected outcome of any run of win/loss combinations during a blackjack shoe. Many long-term players will adopt a betting style that is a derivative of one of these strategies to maximize the upside and minimize the downside.
It’s important to understand that betting strategies have to be combined with basic strategy to be successful. You will also need to vary your bets in correlation with your bankroll and your overall goal for the session.
Now let's take a closer look at these betting strategies and how they can help you become a better player. Let's go!
What this lesson covers
- How progressive betting strategies work
- Why players use them
- The most popular betting strategies
Meet Mr Blackjack
With a career spanning two decades, Mathieu Blake knows his way around a blackjack table. He's taught and entertained over 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel NeverSplit10's . In this series he'll take you through basic strategy, card counting, and bankroll management. Take a seat with Mr Blackjack and become a winning player.
- What does progressive betting mean?
Progressive betting means you increase your wagers after you win, and decrease them when you lose.
- Is progressive betting good?
No betting system is good if players rely on it alone. Progressive systems can reward you in the short term, but some systems, like Martingale, require players to take a considerable risk on hefty bankrolls. You should only consider using a betting system in combination with other skills, like basic strategy.
- Is progressive betting allowed in casinos?
Yes, casinos will allow you to make progressive bets. We recommend you research the different systems first though before making any of these wagers. Some systems only suit certain bankroll sizes or gameplay styles that will guarantee you will lose all your bankroll if you don’t meet the requirements.
- Does progressive betting work in blackjack?
Like any wagering system, progressive betting only works in blackjack when it’s applied with other skills such as basic strategy and card counting. Most professional blackjack players will adapt a betting system to their own gameplay style.
- What is negative progression?
With negative progression betting, you increase your wagers each time you lose. The theory behind this system is that you’re bound to win a hand eventually, and will recoup your losses when you do.
- Is it possible to lose 10 straight hands in a row in blackjack?
Yes, it’s possible but unlikely. The odds of you consecutively losing 10 hands in a row are one in 510.
- What is the best progressive betting strategy for blackjack?
For most players, the best system is to learn basic strategy and card counting and then adjust your bet size according to the true count. Only advantage players should consider adopting betting systems. Learn more about bet spread in card counting in season six of Blackjack Academy.