Black Jack and Math

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The game of blackjack is all about numbers and math. Looking back, I have always thought it was about luck but the more I read about it and the more I play the game I have come to realize the game is all about probability and math and this is even more obvious the more I play blackjack. In order to win at blackjack regularly, it’s not enough to know the rules but we also need to have some idea of strategy. And almost all strategies employed in the game have a strong connection with math.

The Basics


For us to understand clearly how math and blackjack go together, we must look at the strategies involved in the game. Many individual especially the professional players, mathematicians, and some researchers have put it numerous time and effort in trying to decipher blackjack strategies that could tip the game’s favor towards themselves. One basic strategy and a very common one is card counting. This has emerged back in the 1950s which caused a lot of problems to cousins. They went so far as to employ spotters for card counters and those caught are kicked out and banned from the casinos. Card counting is based on three key factors that influence the game: the dealer’s card that is showing, and the two initial cards we are dealt with.

Math and Card Counting

Both the math involved in blackjack and card counting has a very clear connection if we want to win the game. Card counting is not some mere strategy that curious players can learn overnight, it takes skill. Since the game is to be as inconspicuous as possible, all counting and solutions have to be in our head so having a good head for numbers comes very handy. Back in the day, many players figured out a way how card counting can increase their odds of beating the dealer. But card counting is not the sole reason why people win at the game. The numerous subtleties of the game help too and paying close attention to their relationship with the card we are dealt with, the dealer’s card, and the ratio of our bets. They are all interrelated in a complex way to win us the hand.


Among the entire math concept related to the game blackjack, this is weighted more heavily. As I mentioned before, blackjack or any card game for that matter is all about probability and variance explains it well. The term is used to describe the difference between the actual results we get and the expected advantage. To put it in another view, if we have been playing a game for which our expected advantage is to accumulate $20 dollars an hour and we plan to play for 100 hours, we expect to get $2000. But if when we looked at our records, we have actually just accumulated $1500 which means we are $500 below our expectation. This is the variance and it could also flip the other way and go over our EV.

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Day Off Playing Video Games

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Some of my most memorable moments growing up have been playing video games at home on warm summer days. I’d work hard to great astounding grades and towards the end of the school year my parents would get me game as a prize and spend the entire summer glued to my TV or computer exploring the game. I just find it fascinating, like a whole world built inside software just waiting to be explored. Even now, nothing has changed. I would allow myself to get lost in a game over a weekend and I’ve realized I would emerge refreshed and willing to take on the challenges of the coming week. For those interested in doing just that, here are my tips and tricks of getting a day off and just playing video games.

Don’t Forget To…

Choose a Game You Will Love 

When it comes to video games, I grew up playing on a PlayStation. I have had almost versions of the gaming console plus the PSP Vita for when I feel like bringing my games with me wherever I go. I am on online forums where we talk about the latest PlayStation games and when a new game is released, this usually means I’ll be spending the succeeding weekend stuck to my couch playing it. I love world building games because I love to explore and I could go back to it over and over and always find something new. Lately, I’ve been into zombie apocalypse games and I am usually the first to order one online when a new version is released.

Stock Up On Food

This is pretty mandatory for when I get into my “hermit” mode and just play a game for an entire weekend. The moment I’m off work on a Friday, I head straight for the grocery and buy provisions for the coming days. Back when I was younger, I would just get junk foods like bags of chips and sodas, and order boxes of pizza. But recently I have started becoming conscious of my lifestyle and health so I have begun buying healthier options for snacks. Now I would buy mixed nuts, berries, a few yogurt cups, and some cheese and crackers. During the day, I also prepare healthy meal options that are easy to whip easy to eat while I continue playing the game. I also make sure to get fresh fruits that I can munch over or make a smoothie out of.

Take Breaks

This is very important and anyone who doesn’t want to lose their vision early on should etch into their head. Every now and then, I force myself to take a break from playing my video game to allow my eyes to rest. A lot of games have options to save so why not use it? This allows me to take my dog for a walk around the block, go to the gym, prepare a meal, and most importantly shower. I find that allowing time for rests gives me more energy and attention when I hop back into the game to finish it.

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