I enjoy each one of your responses to this thread. Both UK-21 and Scepticus make very valid points that cannot go unnoticed. Scepticus, you seem like a very well seasoned and informed player. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the dealer. I am like you in the sense that once the dealer starts to try to hurry us, I wait for a little bit to see if the dealers is replaced or until the game slows down. I would be happy to answer the questions that I do know.
As far as a Betting Bankroll, I do have a betting bankroll that I personally use. I set aside between $5,000 and $8,000 for my personal bankroll. I am a brick and mortar casino player. I do not play online for money. I live a few hours from Las Vegas so I go there to play for real. My goal is to win only 10% of my total bankroll for the day and quit. It seems that most people make the mistake of not having a target goal to aim at. Greed is another factor that comes into play. Here is actually a system that I have used that I personally had much success with. The only difference for me is that instead of trying to win back my other half of the bankroll, I personally try to win only 10% of my total bankroll. Thus spending less time at the table. There is no one size fits all approach. This approach works for me so I use it. There is a saying that "If it isn't broke, don't fix it". So I continue to stick with it and have had much success with it. I can't speak for anyone else's experience but it seems to work for me.
Also one unit equals $50 dollars. That is how I play it.
1.) I play a 4 step Martingale 1,2,4,8. My unit is $50 dollars. The method of staking is what ever hits when I arrive at the table is what I play. Then I play until I lose twice consecutively on the same EC , then switch to the other EC The only combination that the house can beat me at is a "coup de Deux" or two of each in succession. Red Red, Black Black, Red Red.
2.) In the event of losing 4 times in a row, the total lost is 15 units. So then I set up a improvised Labby which I write 2,3,2,3,2,3. Then I commence playing this way until the losses are recouped and go back to the original 4 step Martingale after the Labby is crossed off. If the total units loss is 50 units, then I split the Labby into 2 or 3 different Labbys and continue until all the losses are recouped.
Like I said, this system works for me. Many people have criticized me because statistics show this and computer programs show that, but I just play what works for me.
Scepticus... as far as the reason for taking half of the bet off when zero appears, I do not know the answer to that question. It is definitely some good food for thought.