THE STAR SYSTEM
This system of betting was in development by the author for about eight years. Its birth was in the early eighties. In those days it was strictly a system I had invented for betting the dog tracks. Since then, many changes have taken place in the system.
Any resemblance of today's system to the system used in those early days is purely coincidental.
The major portion of these changes took place in 1987. It was during that entire year that (because of an accident), I had nothing but time on my hands. Never being much of a book reader, I soon began looking for other ways to pass time away. It was not long before I found myself playing solo blackjack, dealing one hand to an imaginary dealer and another to myself. I began to experiment with my old dog betting system to see if it could be made applicable to a one on one type wager. It all began as just a fun way to pass the time away. However, it quickly developed into a serious project when it became apparent that, if a few problems could be worked out, it would be practically unbeatable.
It took several hundred thousand hands of blackjack and roughly two years time, but the results are, it is now as close to the perfect betting system as one can expect to get. Even though it is taylor made for the game of blackjack, it still works when playing any game that you have roughly a fifty-fifty chance of winning.
It is a very slow progression system with built in stopping points. This prevents the betting from skyrocketing out of sight if an unusually long string of losses occurs. In addition, the progression is not uniform. Instead of being the traditional 2-4-6-8-10 type system everyone uses, it is an unorthodox type such as 1-1-2-4-6-10-16. The reasons for this and other unique features will be covered in detail later in the book.
If you can average winning about thirty three percent of the time you should break even. Anything better than that should make you a winner. The higher your percentage of wins, the higher your profits will be.
You will find Impatience to be your biggest problem. Because it is a slow progression system, your ability to control your patience is a very important key toward the success of the system.
There are going to be times when you will win a hundred dollars or Ip in twenty or thirty minutes. There are going to be a lot more times when you will still be sitting there about even after an hour Or so. It is during these long periods of stalemate that your impatience may get the best of you. It's hard not to pull out the stops and charge full speed ahead. Believe me, that is one temptation you can't afford to have.
The following is an excerpt from one of my favorite books on gambling. It is written by a recognized world class Blackjack player. I quote: "If you play well, it will seem as though you are holding your own for long periods of time punctuated by a few very favorable situations which will jump your playing bankroll up to the next plateau."
That statement is especially true when using this system. Remember, its philosophy is not to make a lot of money fast, but to make lessor amounts consistently. If you have about a fiftyfifty chance of winning, and can survive those inevitable long losing streaks, then you will be a winner. As you will soon see, fifteen or twenty consecutive losses is nothing to get upset about.
You will quickly recoup your losses as soon as your streak of bad luck is over.
Before getting into the details and unique features that make this system work, let us first look at a comparison between the typical progression system and the Star System. In this manner, you should gain a better understanding of the system and gain some confidence in its use.
The most common progression system, which almost everyone has been familiar with since their school days, is to keep doubling your bets until you win. If it worked, all casinos would be out of business. Its downfall is that a long string of losses is inevitable. It can come along at any time. In addition, most all tables now have a minimum and maximum betting limit. If you gambled for several hours, chances are good you would experience one or more of these very long losing streaks. Let us examine the results of eleven straight losses using the typical double up to catch up type progression. Two dollars will be used as the starting base bet.
Attempts Amount Bet
1 $ 2
2 $ 4
3 $ 8
4 $ 16
5 $ 32
6 $ 64
7 $ 128
8 $ 256
9 $ 512
10 $ 1024
11 $ 2048 Total loss at this point = $ 4094
Let's say that on the twelfth attempt you doubled up and bet $4096 and finally won. The results are that you only made a two dollar profit on an $ 8190.00 investment. That comes out to a plus .024 percent on your money. As you can see, that is not the system to consider using. Chances are good that you would have already lost your bankroll or hit the table limits long before you got to that point.
Let's look at another typical progression system using a much slower rate of progression. You will use the same number of losses as before (11).
Attempts Amount Bet
1 $ 2
2 $ 4
3 $ 6
4 $ 8
5 $ 10
6 $ 12
7 $ 14
8 $ 16
9 $ 18
10 $ 20
11 $ 22
Total = $ 132
Let us say on the twelfth attempt you bet twenty four dollars and won. The net results are a minus $108 for a $156 investment. Now you're on the minus side for your money invested. You would need five more consecutive twenty-four dollar wins just to show a twelve dollar profit. Five more consecutive wins is highly unlikely. The chance of recovering from this situation before going broke or hitting the table limits is about zero. The only real difference between this type progression and the previous example is that you are now playing money stakes that the average person can afford. The results are still going to be the same; both will cause you to lose your playing bankroll.
In certain casino games such as, Blackjack, Dice, Roulette, Baccarat and Sports betting, there are certain bets you can make that give you an approximate fifty-fifty chance of winning. I am sure you will agree that, in any game of chance where you have a fifty-fifty chance of winning, two wins in a row is common. Even three wins in a row is something that occurs regularly. It therefore becomes apparent that one of the prerequisites for a successful betting system be that its design results in a profit after two consecutive wins.
The Star System does just that. To accomplish this, it was necessary to design the system with a slow progression in which the numerical spread between bets becomes progressively larger as you progress. The game will be played in progressive sets, much like a tennis match. A set can be a single attempt or it may be stretched out to include a dozen attempts or more. A set begins when you place your first bet and ends whenever you have a profit, or have reached a stop point. Stop points will be covered in the next chapter.
Mathematically speaking, the house should always have a small advantage over you unless you are a card counter in the game of Blackjack. By sticking to certain bets in certain games this advantage can be held to a very low percentage such as one or two percent. That's a piece of cake when using the Star System. In almost every case it will handle anything down to a minus eighteen percent disadvantage and still show a profit.
Theoretically speaking, if you have a fifty-fifty chance of winning, your chances of getting two consecutive wins is the same as the Casinos. With that in mind, the Star System incorporates a unique feature. It allows the progression to stop and remain at one position whenever you and the house are at a stalemate (win one, lose one, etc.) . In other words, you do not take a step up the progression ladder until you experience two consecutive losses.
A win followed by a loss simply cancels out the win, and you remain on the same step of the progression ladder. The average progression ladder has nine rungs or steps on it. Remember, the only way to move up the ladder is for the house to win twice in a row. Anytime you win twice in a row you have a profit and it is the end of the set.
For the house to win the set it has to win two bets in succession nine times before you ever win two consecutive wagers just once. Considering that your chances of getting two wins in a row are just as good as the house, the odds now swing well over to your favor. Of course, there comes a time when Lady Luck frowns on everyone. Sometimes you will play for hours and never lose a set. There will be other times when you seem to be losing one set for ever five or six played. The actual ratio is about one set per twenty eight.
For that reason, the Star System incorporates a unique feature called Recovery Sets. The system bankroll will let you play three consecutive sessions (one primary and two recovery), in the event of a long losing streak. Because of the cancelling out method (discussed later), it is impossible to say how many attempts that might be before you would lose your daily bankroll. It would probably be at least fifty or more.
One never knows when that long losing streak is going to come along. You could lose your daily bankroll the very first time you played the system. I have never lost my daily bankroll, and I have played at least one session a day for more than a year now. If your luck is running that bad then it is time to quit anyhow. No system in the world could beat that kind of luck. All you have lost is your daily bankroll and tomorrow is another day.
Many examples for the remainder of this book will contain remarks which apply to the blackjack player. The following chart shows the difference between the Star System and a conventional progression system.
Typical Pro. System The Star System
$ 2 $ 2
$ 4 $ 4
$ 6 $ 6
$ 8 $ 10
$ 10 $ 16
$ 12 $ 26
Notice that two consecutive $12 wins in the typical system results in you still being in the lost column. Two consecutive wins at the same point in the Star System results in a $14 profit even though you have only hit 28% of your bets.
You can also see in the previous example that anytime you receive two consecutive wins in the Star System it results in a profit. This enables you to end the set and start over. If you're a blackjack player you should note that a blackjack will also give you a profit and let you end the set. As you will discover later, there may be times you will want to press on after a blackjack. It all depends on where you are in the progression ladder and whether you are card counting or not. As a rule of thumb, you always take a profit, no matter how small it is, and start a new set.
It is easy to see that it would not take many steps up the progression ladder before the wagers would begin to get excessive for the average gambler. Because of this, there had to be a way to hold the progression within certain limits whenever one of those losing streaks came along. This is done by having a maximum bet in each set which is a called a STOP. It may be easier if you think of it as the top rung of the progression ladder. If you reach a Stop number (or the top rung) and lose, then it is the end of the set and session and you stop.
You will then begin a Recovery Session that will consist of using a higher base bet. The difference between a set and a session will be explained in the next chapter. You should now begin to see some of the differences and advantages of the Star System over other gambling strategies.