Blackjack - Increase Your Odds With Basic Strategy Plus

Written by Tom McBroom

Blackjack Basic Strategy, played perfectly in a game with favorable rules, will reduce repparttar edge against you to about one half of one percent,repparttar 134829 best odds of any game inrepparttar 134830 casino.

But still - it's a negative edge. While you can win inrepparttar 134831 short term on any given day, inrepparttar 134832 long term that one half percent edge against you will eventually grind you down if you play long enough and frequently enough.

An advanced basic strategy - or what we call Basic Strategy Plus - is necessary for you to step up from being a casual player to being a serious recreational player who has a better chance of winning overrepparttar 134833 long term.

To reducerepparttar 134834 small edge against you with Basic Strategy even further, and at times even turn it into a positive edge in your favor, you simply must pay attention to repparttar 134835 cards onrepparttar 134836 table and develop some sense ofrepparttar 134837 proportion of high cards versus low cards remaining inrepparttar 134838 deck. This is exactly what a card counter does.

But you don't have to spendrepparttar 134839 hundreds of hours it takes to become a proficient card counter. You can get a general sense ofrepparttar 134840 proportion of high versus low cards by doing something called "countingrepparttar 134841 table". Countingrepparttar 134842 table simply means that in any given hand, you look atrepparttar 134843 exposed cards for all hands onrepparttar 134844 table (includingrepparttar 134845 dealer's hand). Do a quick count of allrepparttar 134846 high cards (tens, jacks, queens, kings) and allrepparttar 134847 low cards (2 - 5). There are an equal number of these high and low cards.

If there are a much larger number of low cards showing than high cards (at least 6 more low cards than high cards in a six deck game), chances are thatrepparttar 134848 deck now is slightly richer in high cards, which is favorable forrepparttar 134849 player. Conversely, if there are many more high cards showing than low cards (again, at least six more), chances arerepparttar 134850 deck is now slightly richer in low cards, which is bad forrepparttar 134851 player.

Distance Learning - Offering Freedoms People Never Thought Possible

Written by Paul Beasley

Jennifer Priory has wanted to be a champion swimmer all her life. Forrepparttar last two years of training she has got out of her bed at four o'clock inrepparttar 123184 morning, trained for three hours, and continued on to school for her daily lessons. This way of life has caused a considerable amount of stress on her parents and family, and taken her away from her social life which most consider important inrepparttar 123185 development of their children. As Jennifer had homework to complete when she arrived home from school, her studying continued after school, and as she was getting up so early inrepparttar 123186 morning, she was ready for bed and asleep by eight o'clock inrepparttar 123187 evening. She didn't see her siblings or father throughoutrepparttar 123188 week, and felt more lonely as time went on. Her parents knew something had to change.

Jennifer's mother did some investigating, and came up with a schedule for Jennifer that offered herrepparttar 123189 time for training, schooling, and a social life. She would be able to spend time with her father inrepparttar 123190 evenings, and even participate in some after school activities which would give herrepparttar 123191 added bonus of keeping up friendships with people her own age. Her solution was 'distance learning'. Some may know this as ‘open learning’.

'Distance and Open learning' are forms of education which have proven to be as effective asrepparttar 123192 education a student receives at an 'attendance' school', and becauserepparttar 123193 student is able to take their studies at their own time, they are usually able to get ahead easily without having to wait for others to catch up with them. The student is also able to fit other activities into their life withrepparttar 123194 time they save. Jennifer started this new schedule a few months ago, and has found this time effective schedule to fit in with her life instead of her trying to fit in with someone else's schedule.

Jennifer's daily schedule goes like this. She wakes up at seven o'clock along with her siblings. They all have breakfast and they leave for school whilst Jennifer goes torepparttar 123195 pool for training. She trains and is home by lunch time. She studies for four to five hours and this leavesrepparttar 123196 evenings to her to decide what to do with. Jennifer is much more comfortable with this way of studying and says:

"Before my mother found out aboutrepparttar 123197 'distance learning' programs that were open to me, my life was a nightmare! Getting up at four o'clock inrepparttar 123198 morning broke into every aspect of my life, and put a strain on my parents. Now my schedule is very much like my brothers and we act more as a family unit. I have time inrepparttar 123199 morning for training, and if I feel I need to train more at certain times,repparttar 123200 time is there. It isrepparttar 123201 same with studying. If I feel I need more time to study,repparttar 123202 time is there, and I have personal tutors for all of my courses who I can contact for any reason if I find any aspect confusing, or don't understand everything I need to. But most importantly, I am able to see friends, and I don't miss out on studying time or have to catch up after I have been away at a competition. I am even completing my AS and A2 levels in one year instead of two!"

Distance learning is quickly becomingrepparttar 123203 favourite way to study by students wanting to get ahead and parents wanting to see their children excel in their studies and other activities. Melissa Roe hadrepparttar 123204 same problem with 'time'. Her 'attendance' school didn't afford herrepparttar 123205 time to pursue theatre classes and go to auditions as was her dream, but her parents didn't want her to give up her studies well aware ofrepparttar 123206 fierce competition inrepparttar 123207 area she wanted to pursue. Distance and open learning offered herrepparttar 123208 freedom to immerse herself in something she loved without skimping onrepparttar 123209 study hours. She says:

"By rearranging my schedule, I was no longer having arguments with my parents about taking me out of school for auditions and extra daily classes. Everything fits in and I'm not loosing out anywhere, in fact I am able to fill my requirement for education at a faster pace than my friends which will enable my entry into further education sooner which I am also planning on doing by distance learning.”

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