# The Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci sequence, developed by Leonardo Pisan in the 12th century, is a mathematical system that uses numbers to represent natural patterns. Not only can it be used in nature, but it can also be used to help with the understanding and progression of blackjack patterns.

What is the Fibonacci Sequence?

This sequence is developed by adding the following numbers together: 1+1=2, and 1+2=3, and 2+3=5, 3+5=8, 5+8=13, and 8+13=21 and so on. The actually sequence, then, looks like this: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 and continues on forever. This set of numbers is used to describe natural things, such as the arc of waves, but it can also be handily used to help with blackjack strategy. You would begin betting the base of one unit. When you win, the series is over; if you lose, you continue with the sequence. After the second hand, you would be on one unit again, and by the sixth hand you would be on eight units. On the seventh, you would jump to thirteen.

Progression

When you win a hand, you step back by two numbers and begin from there. It is important to remember that now all losses in the sequence may be covered when you finally win, so beginning again can be very important. You want to ensure that you continue until the previous hands have been covered and you are in a hand where you are ahead. This system is sometimes compared to the martingale system because you are increasing your bets after a loss, but this is a much less aggressive way to play.

Though the Fibonacci system is unlikely to have you winning large amounts of money, it is a conservative way to minimize the potential for great losses and can be a great way to ensure you are in the game for the long haul.