Blackjack Strategy - Blackjack Card Counting
The Blackjack card counting technique allows players to take note of the changing probabilities of different cards coming up and by altering playing and betting strategies accordingly, they can gain a statistical advantage over the casino.
To learn the skill of Blackjack card counting is relatively simple. Card players do not need to have a photographic memory or a wild mathematical ability.
The Blackjack card counting system described below is designed only as a rough guide to give you an idea of how the Blackjack card counting technique is done. This is intended only to give a feel for how Blackjack card counting is done, and is not recommended for actual practice.
Card Counting For Single Deck Games
- Start the count at 4 when the deck is shuffled.
- Count a 2 for , , and/or .
- Count a +1 for everything else (including ).
- Bet low when the count is negative, high when the count is positive (actually, simulations show that you can bet high for a count of -2 or above).
- Take insurance when the count is positive.
- Play basic strategy at all times.
A note about Blackjack card counting:
The principle behind Blackjack card counting is that a deck of cards that is rich in tens and Aces is favorable to the player, on the other hand a deck rich in small cards is favorable to the dealer. A deck rich in tens and Aces, is likely to cause the dealer to bust more often.
To gauge the richness of the deck in high cards or lack of them, the player needs to keep track of the cards that are already played and assign a point value to each card. The calculation is quite complex, but basically the card counter will give a plus point each time the deck of cards becomes more favorable and a minus point each time it becomes less favorable. Basically, the high cards have a -1 point and the low cards a +1 point and the in between 0 point.
The counter then counts by adding and subtracting points according to the cards played and keeps a running total of the count called 'running count'. Then he also needs to divide the running count by the proportion of the size of the deck of cards left to get the 'true count'. Now he knows the relative richness of high cards in the remaining deck.
A positive count is good and a high positive count is best and the card counter will assess his hand, the dealer's up card, weigh up his options and intensify his betting accordingly.
To be a successful card counter you need to have a powerful memory and fast reaction while collecting information as you keep on playing. And if everything works well, you will be looking at a slow and tedious 1% profit, on the average. Only if you will bet on large sums of money, will this Blackjack card counting system be worth your time. If that happens, most likely you will be noticed by the pit boss and counter measures might be taken by the casino. Blackjack card counting is not easy, the casinos hate it, and only professional players wagering large sums of money might find it rewarding.
Good Luck at the Black Jack Tables!!!
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