SHOULD YOU PLAY ONE HAND OR TWO?
By Alan Krigman
Alan Krigman, and his poetic sidekick, Sumner A Ingmark, have been illuminating the dark recesses of casino gambling for more than a dozen years. Mr Krigman is especially well known for sharing his insights into the mathematics underlying the various games (including blackjack), the influence of volatility and skewness as well as edge on bankroll during the course of a session, and the impact of betting as well as decision strategies on expected performance. A searchable archive of Mr Krigman's prose and Mr. Ingmark's muse is online athttp://www.iconworldwide.com/winningways/search.php.
Most blackjack buffs play a single hand or spot per round. Some, however, enjoy the game more and believe they fare better by playing two spots. Putting aside solid citizens who switch back and forth from one to two spots in the hopes that doing so will alter the flow of the cards by presumably turning a cold shoe into gangbusters, does the game differ fundamentally for those who bet on two hands rather than one?
The answer depends on betting strategy. How much is at risk? Are bets constant or varying? And, with two hands, are wagers equal on each side? When time is a constraint, the total number of spots in action at the table will also be a factor. So there's no single rule that covers all the ways you might choose to play.
You can gain insights to help develop your own guidelines however, by considering three alternatives...
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