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=========================================   Thursday, February 21, 2002
Feedback on The Derivative Method - Blackjack Tips - TTS Q and A

Hello everyone,

The Derivative Method published in the last newsletter drew the attention of many.

One of the customers (Tony) gives the following feedback:

"Hello Izak,
I really enjoyed your newsletter on the derivative method. Being a craps player I read something in the Gambling Times magazine 25 years ago that interested me. It said to bet that 4 consecutive shooters can't make 3 passes in a row. I tested this out in the 25,000 craps decisions and 72 hours at the crap table. It never did lose but it did get to the 12th bet a few times. I t didn't mention the betting amounts so I just used the Martingale but of course if I were to play this for real money I would chicken out way before the 12th bet. It sounds  as if the derivative method would be perfect for this method.   In the article you would stop betting against the shooter if he wins 3 in a row and wait until he 7s out to start betting again. I'll have to reread the derivative method again to see how it would work with this method. I will go back and check the distance between the failing points.I wrote down but can't find the paper on how many times it reached the 2nd, 3rd and 4th levels  and how many wins between the failing points.    Thanks,  Tony

And after going back and checking some points, Tony comes back with the following 2 comments:

"Hello Izak,
I really like your thinking on the derivative method. I went back to check some craps results to see how many wins between failing points and these are the results  for 500 dec.   (4,14,5,29.4,lose,1,12,3,9,10,14,7,3,lose,14,7,7,2,22,5,4,9,2,1,lose,lose,2,22,4.). If I were to try for 2 wins after losing a series of 7 units(Bet 1-2-4), I would make 10 units in those first 5 series and then lose 7, now when I won the 1 bet then lost a series I would lose only 6 units because of that first win, I believe. Then I would win 14 units on the next 7 series, then a loss of 7, then a win of 18, then a loss of 6 and then a loss of 14 on a series that saw  back to back  losses and then a win of 6 for a total win of 8 units. If trying for 3 wins I think the profit would be 8 units also. If trying for 4 wins the profit would be 13 units if I did it right. I really like this derivative method a lot.  The craps method was to play the don't pass and bet against the shooter making 3 passes in a row.. If you lose 3 bets you stop betting and wait for the shooter to 7 out and then bet against the next shooter making 3 passes.  Do this for 4 consecutive shooters. I never knew what to do with my findings until I read your Derivative method, I like it very much. Thanks, Tony."

"Hi Izak,
Want to say thank you again for the derivative method. What it does is make you miss (not lose) a failing point which cuts down on the losses than if you were to bet all the time with no interruption. I took page 31 of the craps booklet where it lost 42 units using a 1-2-4 dont bet progression without stopping. Using failure points as a base for stopping if trying to win 2 units I would have made 8 units, 3 wins made 11 units, 4 wins would of lost 6 units because most of the failure points were less than 4. Out of 34 failure points there were 10 that were 3 or less . What I am doing is finding how many wins between failure points and then seeing how many wins to shoot for. With this little testing done so far 2 seems to be a safe number.  If you shoot for a higher number you can win more but you could lose more if total wins between failure points are small in number.   I just wanted to point out that this method is the closest thing I have seen to work in a negative game.
Thanks again,  Tony"

"That derivative method is something else!  What a great concept!  I can see how this would help me immensely in the casinos.  By determining the loss points and wins, and only playing after loss points, would surely increase my winnings.   I love this thing!        John"

Indeed, you can combine the concept of the Derivative Method with your betting selections and progressions to cut down on your losses tremendously.

I thank you all for your feedback.

Blackjack Tips

What do you do when the dealer has a 2?

When the dealer has a 5 or 6 showing, the player has, basically, a very easy decision to make. If you've got a bad hand, you stand, banking on the hope that the dealer will bust. If you've got a good hand, depending on the nature of the hand, you will stand (if you are pat), double, or split. The 5 and 6 are the worst upcards the dealer can have, and if the opportunity presents itself, you have to get as much money on the table as possible to take advantage of your position.

But how do you approach the situation if the dealer has a two showing? Standard rules of the Basic Strategy dictate that there are two sides to the hitting/standing decision chart - the "low" cards (2 through 6) and the "high" cards (7 through Ace). An imaginary line is drawn between these two groups; for example, with those hands commonly known as "stiff" hands 12 through 16) you would usually hit against the high cards, and stand against the low cards. There is also no soft doubling against the high upcards.

There is one notable exception, however, and that is when the dealer is holding a two on top. The two is indeed in the "low card" group, but because it is the lowest of the low, it is the hardest to play against. A dealer with a five showing will bust 43% of the time, and with a six it will happen only 42% of the time. When a dealer has a two as his upcard, he will bust only 35% of his hands. Now the difference may not seem like a lot, but it really is when taken in this context - when we conceive theory in the game we speak in terms of how much each strategy decision will work out in the LONG run, since, of course, anything can happen in the SHORT run. Looking at it this way, the seven or eight less breaks per hundred hands add up big time over the course of a great many hands. It is a pain fact that the dealer with a two on top will usually have to draw two ten-value cards to bust out; anything less and the chances are great that his hand will be pat.

The strongest dealer upcards, in order, are the Ace, ten-value cards, nine, eight, and seven. Next in line is the two, and it is in fact such a respected and feared upcard that many count systems do not even include the two as a low card for the purposes of determining the plus-minus value of cards, preferring to leave it neutral instead, along with the 7,8, and often times, the 9 ("neutral" meaning, of course, that it is of equal value to both player and dealer).

To deal with the relative strength of the two, some subtle exceptions in the Basic Strategy are, of course, in order. For instance, when presented with a 12 against the dealer's two, the player will always take one hit. This play is also appropriate when the player has a three, by the way. Remember to take ONLY ONE HIT in this situation, though. Any denomination, even the lowest value (an Ace) would add up to at least 13, and, when this three-card is plugged into the Basic Strategy, the correct move is to stand against stiff upcards.

Also, the player's nine is doubled on the 3 through 6 upcards, but not against the two, however, because the nine is simply not a strong enough hand to make it mathematically feasible. And please - never, EVER double any soft hand against the dealer's two. Let a signal go off in your head when this situation arises.

Practice and learn how to deal with a dealer's upcard of two. It may be a small card, but can figure BIG in some important decisions if not played correctly.

Interest on Edmond Petitjean's TTS (Trade Tuner System) keeps growing.  Edmond answers some more questions this week:

Q:  I have read all your write-up and FAQs on it, but there's one thing you simply overlooked to explain: is this a software? I assume it is a software that generates charts, among other things, because you said, "With TTS, you'll see a very clear screen before your eyes...". If it is a software, one must need a computer to use it, right?

Another question: if I buy TTS, how will I select the right stock or option to trade, among the thousands that are out there in Wallstreet?

Thanks, will really appreciate some more info on TTS.

A: TTS is not a software package, it is a course that can be sent through e-mail.

When I speak of graphs, it is because you can use nearly every trading program or even graphs that are available on the internet.  TTS is not dependend on any specific software.  All this is fully explained in this course.

About selections: you can use lots of screening systems that are offered on the internet (the one of Microsoft is even free).

It is also not necessary to follow 1000 stocks: you can use a few that you follow closely (good movers with high volume) and trade only those.  Or you could follow a couple - or even only one - indexes (example: sp500).

If the sp500 is too expensive, you can choose the e-mini version.  The main thing to keep in mind with TTS is exactly not to create an over-input of information, which only creates overload and poor efficiency.

The goal of TTS is to make things simple and profitable at the same time.

Q: How many trades will I get if for example I was daytrading 5 minute bars on the sp500? or 15 minute bars? What will be the approximate accuracy?
I would love to start daytrading again as soon as I can build up my capital.

A: If you trade 5 minutes bars you'll get about 2 to 4 trades a day and with 15 minutes bars it will be 1 or 2.

The accuracy is extremely high (80-90%).

Q: Thank you for the extra consideration of executing those T-Bond option trades. I have never traded options, but would learned to if TTS works best with them and I bought the system. I have only traded futures and am now daytrading the Emini S&P 500 and Emini Nasdaq. Does it work on futures, and is it mainly a pattern recognition system or does it use indicators?

A: I bought put options on the T-Bonds and A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER I sold them for a profit of 89%!!!
Who can do better?
This illustrates the awfull power of TTS.
You can also trade futures or anything else, TTS doesn't care.
But I prefer options, because the risk in totally in control and you cannot be whipsawed that easily.
Don't worry if you don't have any experience with options, because I'll guide you when you buy TTS.

Q: Hello Sir,
I am very interested in TTS. Can you answer me a few questions please?

I daytrade the S&P500 and also trade stocks on a short term basis (3-10 days) and was wondering if you could supply some stats on these markets for me. ie. profitability, accuracy, number of trades per month etc......

Whatever you could do would be wonderful as you sound like a guy that has been through the trading trenches and buying systems blues as I have. It's a pleasure to always talk to someone who has been in the same field and has had the same frustrations.

A: Your time frame is also mine: I prefer to trade in this same range, mainly because I trade options on the Amsterdam market most of the time.

Don't get scared by terrribly complex 5 leg options constructions, because you'll never need them when using TTS.  Only those that have no clue about the next move of the market need these things.

TTS is that good, that simply doing open buys and closing sells only is more than enough to be an absolute winner (so your risk is also always predetermined with precision and you can soundly sleep at night and you aren't bothered by whipsawing).

My system is FAR superior to most other approaches because of its beautiful simplicity, clarity and profitability.

Besides the fact that selling my system will help me to get a bigger trading capital in a shorter time span - allowing me to take bigger positions - it's also a very positive feeling to get others out of the dark.

When buying TTS you won't be left on your own neither: you can always reach me by e-mail ( when in doubt about something and people know that I'm always answering very quickly.

Included is a full year sp500 (a test I did in 1997). I'm not trading the sp500 myself, but there is no difference in what you trade, be it stocks, options, warrants, futures on commodities, forex,...

TTS is also indifferent to the time frame you prefer: it could be 1 minute bars up to 1 month bars.

You can use whatever software you have or even straight on the internet (where you can find all graphs you need).

I have a special offer to customers that buy before the end of February:

I discovered recently a very strange aspect of all markets: each year there are specific and fixed dates where all markets turn. I know why this is so and I will give you the dates upon the purchase of the course. Yes, THOSE ARE THE EXACT DATES THAT MOST MARKETS WILL TURN FOR A FULL YEAR!

Click to order.

Thank you,  Edmond Petitjean

Be sure to stay tuned next week, as a superb Craps system will be announced.  It beats the Zumma crap tester book in its entirety and it beats Crapshoot, another crap system tester by Huey Mahl with 53,706 rolls of dice.  It's a real long-term winner.  Look for the keyword: "Key System".

Wishing you all the best,
Until next week,


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