Blackjack Card Counting

10/19/2015
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
Card counting is not easy by any means, but actually understanding how it works with so many publications out there has meant that it has become a worldwide phenomenon that casinos have had to crack down on. Tactics such as out of sync shuffling ordered by Pit Bosses, and worse still for card counters online Blackjack games come with RNGs (Random Number Generators) that make it impossible to card count.

Card counting is possible because when a player hits, it changes the dynamics of the deck as there is 1 less card of that particular value

In Roulette and Craps games the number the ball or dice lands on has no bearing on the next bet because the numbers will always be on the wheel or dice. In Blackjack, when you pull a card, it has been removed from the deck. This meant that Dr. Edward O. Thorp, the author of ‘Beat the Dealer’, which is based on basic strategy and how to card count.

In the early days before dealers and pit bosses started to shuffle up the decks more often, and before CRM (Continuous Shuffle Machines) were used in casinos card counting was rife

Players could use a high/low system and shuffle tracking as well as hole carding to get a running count of the cards and then a true count. This system is easier than it looks, and it takes a sharp mind to keep track with all the distractions around the player in the casino.

·         Any cards 2-6 are counted as +1
·         Any cards 7-9 are counted as 0
·         Any cards 10-A are counted as -1

Every single card that hits the table be it the dealer’s card, another player’s cards or the card counters own cards have this rule applied. For example, a table with 6-9, A-5 and dealer 4 would be +1, 0, -1, +1, and +1 = +2 for the count. To get the true count you would usually divide this by the number of packs in the game.

The higher the + count the more ten rich the deck is because many of the lower cards have already been eliminated from the deck’

 When the deck is +10 it is hot, and when the deck is +15, then it is red hot. So many 2-6 cards have been eliminated that the deck has a large number of 10 cards from 10 to Ace remaining.

Prior to the +10 and above count, most card counters will have been betting just the minimum bet, and then suddenly they step it up a gear and start betting the maximum – a dead giveaway that the player is a card counter; hence, teams with spotters and big players were invented to avoid detection.

Being disciplined and sticking to basic Blackjack strategy is essential to beat the system

All this time players have to remember large mathematical tables and stick to basic strategy without letting emotions get in the way. It take concentration, skill, brains and discipline. However, it is unlikely that you will be able to find a place where you can successfully card count these days. Online is virtually impossible apart from in the Live Dealer rooms where the shuffle happens much less often.
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