What is a 'Floating Advantage'?
A floating advantage refers to how the advantage in Blackjack constantly shifts from the player to the house
. Every card that is removed or left in the pack can have a huge affect on the outcome of the game. This is why Blackjack, contrary to popular belief, is not just a game of luck. If a player keeps a running count on the cards - known in the casinos as the card counting
strategy - he can have some idea of which way the advantage has swung, and bet or play accordingly.
'Floating Advantage' Explained
Card counting is not a simple strategy. It requires a great deal of concentration and a certain amount of mathematical know how - or at least the ability to keep the numbers flowing in your head. On a simple level, the card counter keeps a count of the proportion of low to high cards. They then divide their count by the number of decks remaining to get an idea of the value of the next hand. It may not be exact, but it could be near enough to make the difference between a big win and a small win, or a big loss and a small loss.For a player to really understand the floating advantage and card counting, he must develop a good understanding of the game of Blackjack. One way is to observe a game in a casino or on TV, but the best way is to read up on it. One of the most recommended books is Blackjack Attack. This a collection of articles by the famous gaming mathematician Don Schlessinger, including articles on the floating advantage.Players should note that card counting and floating advantage is most effective in European Blackjack where they play from two decks of cards. In American Blackjack they play from up to eight decks.