Advanced Blackjack Simulator
gold standard in Blackjack simulation software." - Don Schlesinger
Two Blackjack Simulators join the Casino Vérité Blackjack
line. CVData is described here and CVCX on the CVCX
Page. For card counting practice and drills, see CV
Blackjack Game. CVData is a tool used to gain a better insight into
the workings of Advanced Blackjack card counting and betting strategies.
What are a strategy’s strong and weak points? Where are the opportunities?
Why and when does a strategy work? What really goes on at different hand
depths or counts? This is the reason for the heavy emphasis on input (strategies)
and output (statistics).
- Rounds - Up to 300,000,000,000 rounds
of Blackjack can be simulated.
- Players - 1-7 seats, each seat can use
a different playing & betting strategy. Also, you can vary the number
of players at the table during a sim.
- Data - I figure, if you're going to play
billions of hands, you ought to record what happened. Up to 20,000 stats
are created per seat.
- Reports - Printing all of this data requires
250 pages. Clearly this is silly. So, a reporting subsystem has been
included. A customized report can be defined including only the data
that you wish for the players that you wish. To deal with the large
variety of stats; descriptions can be included on the reports. Nearly
all printers are supported and formatted tables with proportional fonts
are used to improve readability.
- WWW Publishing - But, what about the
Internet. The same reporting facility can be used to create a customized
report for Web publishing. The data will be written to disk using HTML
tables and formatting for readability. This file can be displayed and
edited with a browser or posted to a web page. See
a sample one seat WWW report.
- MS Word - Alternatively, you can create
a Microsoft Word document which you can then edit.
- Charts - 41 standard graphs.
- Do it yourself Graphs - I find that graphing
sim data greatly improves understanding of results. With all this data,
I could not decide what to include in graphs in addition to the 41 standard
graphs. So, a Do-it-yourself graphing subsystem has been added. You
can take any sets of the 60,000 data items and graph them. You can also
take data from different sim runs and graph them together. In fact,
you can take data from different sims run on different PC's in different
countries and graph them on one chart. A separate help file has been
included to describe the hundreds of graph options.
- CVSpread - A spreadsheet subsystem has
been included with CVData that can support Excel commands, functions
and files. 143 math functions are included.
- Number formatting - To ease readability,
thousands separators are now included in the 60,000 stats. To support
the huge number of rounds, each number is tested for size and converted
to scientific format if necessary. To improve readability for non-U.S.
users; numbers, currencies and dates are customized by country.
- High-Resolution Monitors - As most PC's
are now delivered with 800x600, 1024x768 or higher resolution. These
resolutions are now supported to display more card counting data at
once without scrolling and more digits of significance. The conversion
to scientific format will be at higher thresholds with larger screen
- Playing Strategies - CVData can
use the 400 CVBJ card counting tables and strategy creation screens.
- Betting strategies - A new, much simpler,
method of specifying a betting strategy has been included. Although
it is much easier to use, it still provides for sophisticated camouflage
plays and betting errors. I believe that a sim without sophisticated
cover play simulation is useless. For more advanced strategies (wonging
in and out, advanced camouflage, combination. counting./progression
for camouflage, etc.) the old advanced method of defining a betting
strategy is also included. For details see Blackjack
- Wonging/Backcounting - Up to six different
wong-in and separate wong-out points can be specified per seat by depth.
You can also specify when you will stop observing a table and move to
the next by depth. Wonging-cover alsosupported.
- Optimal Bet calculation - This feature
supports optimal bet calculations for 1-7 hands and changing number
of hands by the count. Bets can be fine-tuned after the sim and some
statistics will be recalculated.
- True-counting Unbalanced Strategies -
Strategies like TKO (true-counted KO) are supported for simulation and
- Usability Features - Such as:
- Batch facility
- Multi-Sim. This feature allow simple execution of a very large number
of sims varying up to four parameters.
- Halves Counts can be accurately simulated.
- Double-barrier RoR/Bankroll calculator
- Trip Ruin Calculator
- Modern Windows interfaces
- Expert Methods - Such as:
- Different betting strategies by deck depth or bankroll
- Different playing strategies by deck depth, bankroll or number
of cards in your hand
- Multi-Parameter strategies
- Counting by Inference simulation
- Counting by Inference strategy creation
- Insurance side count
- Peeking at other players' cards
- Lots of new, unique options for customizing deck estimation and
True Count calculations.
- Ability to assign different strategies to each player and collect
statistics for all players. Each of the seven players can be assigned
up to six playing and six betting strategies switching strategies
at different deck depths.
- Betting errors
- Strategy errors
- Multiple hands with different numbers of units.
- Index Generation - A modern index generator
with many unique features is now included. See the CVIndex
Page for details.
- Custom Bonuses - You can now create up
to 20 custom bonus rules in a single sim. These rules can be very complex
based on dealer or player number of cards, card totals, suits, colors,
exact cards, upcard, downcard, bust card, Poker hands, streaks and whether
or not you split, DD or win. There is now the ability to save custom
rules and side bets in a library. The idea is to allow the specification
of tens of thousands of new rules without learning a programming or
scripting language. All rules are set by Windows options and dropdowns.
It is possible to define a bonus that pays if the dealer up and players
first card make a straight-flush, one card is the Queen of Hearts, there
is a third card that is a Four and the dealer Busts with a Nine just
by selecting options. An absurd rule; but that's the point.
- Custom Side Bets - These are like Custom
Bonuses but require a side bet, are only bet on specified counts and
generate stats by true count to aid in determining strategies. Many
standard Side Bet rules are supplied including: 21+3, Big Slick, Bonanza
BJ, Dare any Pair, Field of Gold, High Tie Bonus, Lucky Ladies, Lucky
Lucky, Match the Dealer, Over/Under, Pair Square. Perfect Pairs, Royal
Match, Spanish 21, Super 7's, Sweet 16 and Streak.
- Remove Seat Effect - This feature rotates
the players among the seats to allow a fair comparison of different
strategies in the same sim.
- Real Shuffling - As an alternative to
random shuffling, you can now specify real shuffles. The shuffles can
be extremely complex and variability can be specified in every step.
A shuffle animator is supplied to ensure that you have correctly defined
the strategy. Note: Shuffle-Tracking support has not been added. This
is to test for shuffle weaknesses. (Note: I am calling this section
experimental as it is highly complex. It has been extensively tested
and verifies deck contents successfully after every shuffle. But, I
won't declare it non-experimental until after a few more months of testing.)
- Multi-Card Index Tables - You can now
specify different indexes or decisions based on the number of cards
in your hand.
- Session Data - A new set of data based
on sessions and bankrolls has been added.
- Bankroll-Based strategies - You can now
alter playing and betting strategies based on the current bankroll size.
- Dealer Errors - Seven types of dealer
errors can now be generated at specified rates. (This is in addition
to current player error options.) For details on the many types of errors
simulated see Blackjack Error
- Team Play - Support has been added for
Big Player and Gorilla team play.
- SimTract - This feature provides the
ability to subtract all of the thousands of pieces of data in one sim
from another sim to see the differences of configuration or strategy
changes in detail. This is a procedure that I have used numerous times
in the past to see the exact difference between close strategies. But
now it takes a couple clicks instead of spreadsheets.
- Calculators - The Risk of Ruin and Bankroll
calculators have been reorganized and expanded to cover all such formulae
in Don Schlesinger's Blackjack Attack third edition. There are
now twelve card counting calculators and nine charts. Two new charts
have been added to chart your actual casino results or estimated range
of results on the standard normal curve to show you exactly where you
are on the curve. (Note: two of these calculators will not function
until the release date for Blackjack Attack 3e.)
- Customized TC Calculation - New methods
of True Count calculation have been added for both simulation and index
generation. You can now set up an exact table of divisors by user defined
deck segments to more accurately match the sims to your specific style
of estimating depth and calculating. You can also use multipliers instead
of divisors. Many people use this method for hand held games. This will
allow users to create betting ramps and examine results based on the
exact style of play and can also be used to calculate the effect of
deck estimation errors.
- Expanded Composite Dependent Indexes
- CD Indexes are indexes that depend on the exact cards in your hand.
Up to 500 CD indexes can be used in a strategy: 100 each for two-card
Hard Hit/Stand, three-card Hard Hit/Stand, Surrender, Hard Double Down
and Insurance. Each of the seven players could have 500 different CD
indexes for each section of the shoe, or for six different bankroll
sizes for a total of 20,000 CD indexes in one sim. There is only a small
change in sim speed even if 20,000 CD indexes are used.
- Custom Bonus Composition Dependent Indexes
- This feature allows the generation of card counting indexes for custom
rules that you invent. For example, you could define the rule 'suited
678 pays 7:1 and non-suited 678 pays 2:1' and generate an index for
a hand with suited 6 and 8 against a dealer 5. Up to nine rules and
17 indexes can be defined in one sim.
- Hole-Carding Simulation - Hole-carding
support includes the specification of up to three strategies, one when
you don't see the hole card, one when you see the card and the dealer
upcard is high and one when the upcard is low. The focus is on cover
play, not perfect play. You can also control how often you see the hole
card, how often you win Insurance and under what conditions you see
the card. Generally basic strategies are used; but card counting indexes
- Hole-Carding Strategy Generation - The
index generator can now generate hole-carding strategies for various
rules. Although most players don't use card counting indexes, index
generation is supported including risk averse indexes. You can now generate
(but not sim) partial knowledge holecarding strategies.
- Next-Carding Simulation and Strategy Generation
- That is, strategies assuming that you know the next card to be dealt.
- Double Exposure - DBX is very much like
HC except that the dealer takes ties and there is no need for cover.
This means, for example, you will hit a 20 against a 20. DBX simulation
and strategy generation are supported including the use and generation
- Heat - A major focus of CVData has always
been the cost of using highly complex cover. CVData/HC adds two levels
of periodic heat. During these periods, when the player perceives heat,
playing and betting strategies can be changed. The purpose is a more
realistic calculation of advantage that doesn't always assume perfect
- Side-Bet Side-Count - You can specify
a separate count, including face card and suit-awareness, to determine
when to make side bets.
- Log - You can log the first 400,000 hands.
All wonging events (enter shoe, exit shoe, abandon shoe) are also logged.
All session events (session won, lost, pushed, bankrupted, target reached)
are logged. The log can be displayed or exported to a spreadsheet.
- Double-Strategy Rules - There exist
some new rules that require two sets of strategy tables. These are now
- Double Down Rescue. One strategy
is used for normal Surrender and different strategy for a Surrender
after a Double.
- Discard after Split supported allowing
you to throw away a split hand. A separate strategy is supported
to indicate when to discard the Split hand.
- Discard after Double supported. A
separate strategy is supported to indicate when to discard the DD
card and draw another.
- MRI Slices - Like a medical MRI machine,
slices of data can be created by limiting stats to a specified range
of TCs, RCs, Hand Depths, shoe segments or Units Bet. This will build
tables that, for example, would show TCs of +4 at a hand depth of 3.
With this feature one can now obtain data that used to require custom
- Custom output screen - Create your own
output screen with charts if desired.
- ComboSim - We don't always play the same
game. What is the overall data of all the games we play? For example;
suppose we play six decks, S17, DAS with a large spread 50% of the time;
the same with heavy cover 30% of the time and Single deck, with a small
spread and H17 20% of the time. ComboSim now allows you to combine multiple
sims into one. All ten thousand stats are combined and displayed as
if one sim had been run.
- Speed: CVData is by far the fastest sim
on the market. This was true before multi-threading. V4 now includes
multi-threading which increases speed dramatically on multi-core chips.
On an Intel high-end dual-core chip, up to 10 million rounds a second
can be run. 20 million per second on a quad core. On a quad-core PC,
CVData runs 50 times the speed of SBA in a normal Blackjack Attack
- Help/Manuals - There are two printed
manuals. The 94 page Reference Manual details all options and output.
The full color, 48 page User's Guide gives step-by-step instructions
to get the new user started. Additional pop-up Help balloons are used.
In particular, passing the mouse over the 53data displays will provide
information on the contents. The on-line Help has also been improved.
In particular, the complex playing error and betting error methodologies
are now detailed. Simulation templates are now provided for common tasks.
If you are interested in shuffle tracking simulation, see CVData/ST.
This is an add-in to CVData that adds shuffle tracking functionality.
If you have licenses for both CVData & CVCX, you get a different
version of CVCX that adds many of CVData's advanced features while retaining
the speed of CVCX. For a comparison between the two, see CVData/CVCX
Blackjack Simulator Comparison.
- CVData has a price of $160.
- CVCX has a price of $85.
- Both Blackjack simulators can be purchased for $195.
- Upgrades are available from CVData V1 & CVSim.
- To order, go to the Orders Page.
For demo and update card counting downloads go to the Blackjack
- All CV products come with a no questions asked refund guarantee
- Demos are available for all CV Products
- A printed manual and CD is shipped with all CV Blackjack products
- Telephone support is available at 212-593-1747
- One license can be used on a home and an office, or a desktop and
a mobile PC so long as only one is used at a time.
- CV Upgrade policies are quite liberal.