THE PROGRESSION SET
* Pre-progression Numbers * Progression Ladder * Stop Numbers *
I am sure you have heard the expression: "It's so simple, I don't understand why I never saw it before." That is the truth when it comes to the development of the Star System. About a year ago this book included several chapters that looked like the final exam for a college algebra course. There were code numbers, cue numbers, stop numbers, and pages of memory work.
For a betting system which is designed for the average person, I seriously doubt that anyone would have taken the time or effort required to learn it. Now, it has been greatly simplified by at least tenfold, yet I am positive it is an even better system today than it was in those earlier days. A couple of hours of study and you should have the basic betting part mastered.
If you plan on using this system playing the game of blackjack, and you are not already a blackjack player, it will take longer. This is because you must also learn Basic Strategy. You may also want to learn to card count. It should be noted that the ability to card count is not a requirement when using this system.
To begin with, you will always have a base bet that you will start your day off with. Your base bet will be the figure from which all other computations will be made. What that particular figure will be, depends on your financial status, and it is left up to your own discretion. The average or small bettor may elect to use a one, two, or five dollar base bet. The high roller may want to use a fifty or hundred dollar base bet.
It does not make any difference what base bet you decide to use. Your profit, percentage wise, will remain the same. For example: You elect to use a one dollar base bet. After betting one hundred dollars, you have a hundred and thirty dollars. That is a profit of thirty dollars or a thirty percent profit. If you had been using a ten dollar base bet, instead of the one dollar base bet, your profit (percentage-wise), would have still been thirty percent.
The Star System was primarily designed with the average and small better in mind. Therefore, all examples contained in this book will be given on the low side, such as a one, two, three, or five dollar base bet. Also, the Star System is designed to take particular advantage of the game of blackjack. Therefore, some of the examples will show hands of blackjack to depict wins and losses. Remarks about the game of blackjack will be occasionally made. progression set 22
Your base bet and succeeding progression bets will always be a multiple of the following:
The Progression Ladder:
For example: You decide to use five dollars as your base bet to begin your gambling session with. Your progression will be:
An easy way to remember the next bet is that (except for the first two), each succeeding bet is the sum of the two previous bets.
As you can see in the above example: $15 is the sum of $5 and $10, $25 is the sum of $10 and $15, and $40 is the sum of $15 and $25.
Your progression ladder will only consist of five attempts.
That might be rolls of the dice, hands of blackjack or baccarat, spins of the roulette wheel, or anything in which you have about a fifty-fifty chance of winning. Even a five percent house advantage, such as some of the bets on the roulette wheel, is nothing that the Star System cannot overcome.
During the early stages of development, one of the main problems that had to be eliminated was that using five attempts was not enough. Reaching the top of the progression ladder, before achieving two consecutive wins, happens too often when there are only five steps in the ladder. To progress higher up the ladder quickly becomes too expensive for the average gambler.
Common sense tells you that the more chances you have to accomplish something, the better the odds are that you will succeed. That should especially be true if you basically have a fifty-fifty chance to begin with. Your goal is to achieve two consecutive wins.
At this point, I will add that blackjack players have an advantage because they can often go down for doubles. Also, a single win (a blackjack), will show a profit and end the set.
Is there a way to get more attempts in the set without having to invest a lot more money? The answer is yes. There are two things that can be done.
The first thing you can do is to incorporate what I call the pre-progression numbers. They will be explained in more detail later. Although they are a part of the progression set, they are separate from the progression ladder and wagered on via a different method. Their sole purpose for existence is to extend the life of the progression set from five attempts up to nine or ten attempts.
You won't make a lot of money off them in the short run, but it adds up to quite a lot over the long run. When that inevitable losing streak comes along they are worth their weight in gold.
The second thing that you can do was covered in chapter one. It is to let a win followed by a loss, cancel itself out. You then comeback with the same bet just as though those two hands never existed. The following is an example of the pre-progression numbers and progression ladder using a five dollar base bet.
If you add up the above columns you will note that the answer is one hundred dollars. As a rule of thumb, you can figure twenty dollars as the cost of a one dollar base bet set. The above five dollar base bet set will therefore be five times that, or one hundred dollars. For example: Let's say that you lost a set in which you had been using eight dollars as your base bet. You should know that you just lost one hundred and sixty dollars (8 x 20 = 160). As I said, that's a rule of thumb; it all depends on what you are using as your pre-progression numbers. It could be plus or minus a couple either way.
After months of testing, it was determined that using four preprogression numbers is the happy medium. That gives you nine attempts in which to achieve your goal of two consecutive wins. If you have a fifty-fifty chance of winning, that should become routine.
You are probably already saying to yourself: "If I win on the second, third, or fourth attempt, while in my pre-progression numbers, I haven't won, I have lost." If you are thinking that, then you are wrong.
Each one of your pre-progression bets will show a profit. You accomplish this by use- of the following procedure. You let all winning bets ride while in your pre-progression numbers. By doing so, two consecutive wins will show a- profit equal to three consecutive wins via the normal route. If you are using 1-1-1-2 as your pre-progression numbers, your profits will be as follows with two consecutive wins.
Pre-progression Numbers: Let all Wins Ride Profit
1 & win = 3
1 & win = 2
1 & win = 1
2 & win = 3
Now is the time to mention that (unless you are letting a bet ride), you always pull your winnings, and come right back with the same bet when in your progression ladder. For instance, let's say that in the above example you do not obtain your two consecutive wins until you are on the fifteen dollar step of your progression ladder. Up until that point you were twenty dollars down in the set (five in your pre progression numbers, and fifteen in the progression ladder) . Now, you have just won two fifteen dollar bets in a row. That gives you a ten dollar profit. That is the end of that set and you start over again.
There are a few cases where you cannot use four pre-progression numbers and still make any kind of profit. This happens when you are using a one, two, or three dollar base bet. In these three cases, remember to use the same number of pre-progression numbers as you have in your base bet. Example:
As you can see, anytime your base bet is less than four, the number of hands per set will also decrease. The reverse is also true. When using a base bet of five or more you could use more than four pre-progression numbers. By doing so, you are just spinning your wheels so to speak. You will find it difficult enough just to get out of four pre-progression numbers.
There will probably be times when you will think about forgetting them completely. To do so is inviting disaster. That is the best way I know of to lose the next five hands in a row.
Patience is an important part of this system. Be content to just sit there and take all those little wins. They will add up to quite a lot of money in the long run. Remember, the philosophy of The Star System is not to make big money fast. It is to make smaller amounts consistently and survive long losing streaks. You can easily figure out what your pre-progression numbers should be by using one of the following two methods. If you are using a base bet that can be divided by five, divide it by five. The answer will be what you will use for your first three numbers or bets. Your fourth number (or bet), will be Double the answer. Example: Let's say you want to use fifteen as your base bet. Fifteen divided by five is three. Your pre-progression numbers will be 3-3-3-6.
If your base bet is just one number away from a number that can be divided by five then round it off to the nearest five.
Repeat the above procedure and then adjust the last number so that the sum is equal to your base bet. Example: If you are using fourteen as your base bet you will round it off to the nearest five (15). Divide by five and the answer is three. Adjust the last number so that the sum equals your base bet. The answer is five.
Your pre-progression numbers are (3-3-3-5 = 14). If your base bet is sixteen then your pre-progression numbers will be (3-3-3-7). When your base bet falls on any other number it is still simple to figure by the following method.
Divide your base bet in half. Then divide the answer in half.
Then pick two numbers that are evenly spaced between that answer and zero. Example: Let's say eighteen is your base bet. Divide that in half and the answer is nine. Divide that in half and round the answer off to five. Now pick two numbers that are evenly spaced between that answer and zero (1 and 3). Your pre-progression numbers will be (1-3-5-9).
It may be necessary for you to adjust one of the numbers up or down occasionally. Use your own judgement, it's not that important.
The main thing is that their sum be equal to or less than your base bet. In the last example (1-3-5-7) or (1-3-5-8) would have been O.K. If the sum of your pre-progression numbers is less than your base bet there will be a small profit made on step one or two of your progression ladder with a single win.
If your game is blackjack, then it becomes doubly important that you follow the above procedure. If your base bet is twenty five dollars, you definitely don't want to use something like 1-1-1-1-1-2-2-15 as your pre-progression numbers. Such a sudden jump in your bets would draw immediate attention to you as being a probable card counter. The house would begin to watch you much more closely. Swallow that desire for attention. The type they give, you don't want.
You don't want to get barred for being a card counter, especially if you're not one. The casinos are in business for only one reason. That is to make money. They will also bar you if you are a consistent winner, so keep a low profile. You don't need to get their attention for any reason. They can and will use the card counting excuse to bar anybody anytime.
If you are going to use twenty five dollars as a base bet, use 5-5-5-10 or 2-4-7-12 as your pre-progression numbers. That looks exactly like some type of stupid progression system and they love to see that. You could even put a 1 on the front (1^2-4-6-12). This will give you five pre-progression numbers and stretch the set out to a minimum of ten attempts. As I said, the numbers you use are not that important. Just try to make it look like a normal type progression and keep their sum from exceeding the amount of your base bet. Being a dollar or two on the short side is all right.
In actual practice - when you are using chips - keeping track of your pre-progression wagers is very simple. Let's use five dollars as your base bet and 1-1-1-2 as your pre-progression numbers. Remember, you let all wins ride.
Simply take five chips and sit them to the side or hold them in your hand. Bet one at a time until there are only two left. Then bet the two. Anytime you get two consecutive wins you have made a profit. Bring your chip total back up to five and put the remainder in with your other chips. Sometimes you will stay in your preprogression bets for thirty minutes or more. Sometimes you will lose them in four consecutive hands. After you have lost all your pre-progression chips, you then begin with your base bet and start up the progression ladder.
As mentioned earlier, you can stretch those nine or ten attempts out even more via the cancellation method. By using the cancellation method the average losing set contains about fifteen to twenty attempts. With a fifty-fifty chance of winning, you should easily be able to get two consecutive wins in fifteen to twenty attempts. If not, then you must agree that your luck is running exceptionally bad.
Let's look at an example of what a typical losing set might look like on paper. Five dollars will be your base bet and 1-1-1-2 will be your pre-progression bets.
Total loss = $ 100 End of set & session. *
You will now begin a Recovery Session *
Notice that the set contains twenty attempts. If you could have put together two consecutive wins at any point you would have had a profit. You would have then ended the set and started a new one.
Remember, you only cancel out when you are in your progression ladder. You do not cancel out when in your pre-progression bets.
When you are in your pre-progression numbers, a win followed by a lost counts as a loss. This is attributed to the fact you were letting a win ride and lost.
Blackjack players; Please note that a blackjack, occurring at any time, results in you being even or a profit being made.
Reference above example: A blackjack occurring at attempt #8 would have been a $2.50 profit. #9 - +$7.50, #10 = +$2.50, #11 - +$5, #12 = +$15, #13 = +$5, #14 = +$15, #15 = +$5, #16 - +$2.50, #17 = +$2.50, #18 = Even, #19 = +$40, and #20 =Even.
Here is some information that you might be interested in knowing. According to the laws of probability pertaining to blackjack, a player should receive a blackjack about once every twenty hands.
Would you believe there is still another way to increase the number of attempts per set without investing more money? The answer is yes. It involves card counting and you can conceivably increase your number of attempts per set up to thirty or more. It will be fully covered in the chapters on blackjack and card counting.
Unless you a card counter that's all there is to a progression set. Before continuing to Recovery Sets and Bankroll, let's first review some of the key points of chapter two. These key points must be thoroughly understood before advancing on to the next chapters.
Question #1: What are your primary base bet numbers from which all other computations are figured? Ans: 1-2-3-5-8.
Question #2: What is the purpose of your pre-progression numbers?
Ans: To increase the number of attempts that can be played in a progression set without any large increases in your wagers.
Question #3: What is the number of additional hands or bets that you desire to have in your pre-progression numbers?
Question #4: It is not possible to use four pre-progression numbers with a base bet of one, two or three dollars, and still make an acceptable profit. What do you do?
Ans: Use the same number of pre-progression numbers as your base bet contains (1 for 1, 2 for 2, & 3 for 3).
Question #5: When you win a bet while in your pre-progression numbers what do you do?
Ans: Let it ride.
Question #6: What do you do if you also win the next bet?
Ans: Collect your winnings and start over.
Question #7: What do you do when you win a bet while in your progression ladder?
Ans: Collect your winnings and comeback with same bet.
Question #8: What do you do if you also win the next bet?
Ans: Collect your winnings and start a new set.
What do you do if you are in your progression ladder and you have a win followed by a loss?
Ans: The two hands cancel each other out so you repeat the same bet. That is the nuts and bolts of the system. It covers the most important principals of the Star System. They should be so thoroughly mastered that their application becomes second nature.