Statistical Blackjack Analyzer (SBA) is a very powerful
blackjack simulator which provides you with a lot of interesting and very useful
information about the game. SBA is considered the "industry benchmark" against which all
simulation results or other conjectures about the game are measured. For example, John Auston's
software Blackjack Risk Manager 2000 is based solely on simulation results from SBA.
Important Features of SBA Version 5.5
Run a billion hand simulation in less than 15 minutes! The latest version of
SBA runs at a speed of almost 100 million hands per minute on fast Pentium IV processors.
SBA can keep a secondary counting system for both betting
and playing purposes, with or without true count conversion.
Ace-side count can be kept for both betting and playing
purposes. You can even combine the ace-side count with secondary count.
A powerful weapon of SBA is the precise strategy generator. You
just enter your counting system, rules, and SBA will find all desired playing
indices for you. Once the playing indices are generated, you can immediately
run simulations using them! No adjustments necessary. SBA can generate composition
dependent indices, including special indices like for example surrender
8,8 vs. 10 up (where the alternative is splitting rather than stand/hit). SBA
can also generate indices to any fraction of the true count (up to tenths)!
The indices generator plays at the speed of over 500 million pairs of hands
per minute on fast Pentium IV.
Win more money by using risk-averse indices! A unique and very useful feature of SBA 5.5 is the precise
Kelly risk-averse indices generator. The risk averse indices significantly
improve your play. This can be seen by running a simulation and comparing a correct
measure of performance (theoretically best measure of performance is the SCORE).
do you know the Hi-Lo multiple decks index for doubling hard 10 vs. dealer's
ten up? If you say +4 then you are only partially correct. This is the expectation-maximizing
index. However, it is not the optimal index. If you take the risk into consideration
it turns out that the correct index is +8, which is quite a difference!
Or, did you know that it is NOT correct to split 4,4 vs. 6 up for true counts
greater than +6, DAS allowed? Read more about risk-averse
indices to answer this question.
You can set the length of a simulation as number of
rounds as well as number of shoes, or playing sessions. You can run up to
300 billion rounds
in one simulation.
You can evaluate the power of SBA yourself
by downloading the SBA Demo Version. You can also download the modern
SBA help file .
Part of the full version of SBA is the Explanation of Blackjack
Statistics document. This electronic book explains in detail the important
notions in blackjack: advantage, standard deviation, how to calculate the optimal
bets, risk-of-ruin, the importance of risk-averse strategy indices, and more.
Important new things in Version 5.5 compared to 5.0
Probably the most important new feature is the top modern version of html style
help with new help text. The text of the help was completely re-written by my Internet friend Babblefish, a
native English speaker and BJ player, and is now much more clear and easy to understand. I would like to
publicly thank Babblefish for his great and invaluable help.
The modern style of help includes self-explanatory navigation tree and html links. Using the help is similar
to browsing web pages. This kind of
help is also much easier and much more efficient to use that any printed manual. The Statistics
of Blackjack electronic book was also re-written and made more user-friendly by Babblefish.
The menus and general outlay of SBA was re-designed, and SBA should now be even easier and more
natural to use.
The major new feature for simulations is the ability to simulate precise wonging-in strategy. The user can use
Wong-in and specify a Wong-in count. For example, the player can wait for the TC to reach +1 before entering
the shoe. The Wong-in feature can be combined with leaving on disadvantageous counts. One can
wong-in at TC +1, and leave the shoe at TC -2 (or other TCs, possibly depending on the number of cards dealt).
This new feature was used for simulations in Don Schlesinger's article Knowing When It's Time to Leave
published in Blackjack Forum, Vol. XX, #3. SBA was used to simulate the Mr. Pefect, WiWo, and
White Rabbit style of players, defined in that article. Now you can run these simulations yourself!
Several minor bug fixes in the delivered generic Basic Strategy file Basic.tbl were corrected.
Special thanks belong to Cacarulo for pointing out some of the ommitments.