How to Count cards in Blackjack?

4 Ways to Count Cards
November 3, 2011 – 03:21 pm
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Image titled Count Cards Step 1First things first, you can't really be an effective card counter if you don't know the ins and outs of basic blackjack strategy. Sure, you could count the cards, but it wouldn't result in you winning anything. Try to walk before you run.
  • It's in your favor to practice in casinos, if you plan on counting cards at casinos. Unlike at your kitchen table, there are a ton of other factors going on that must be considered - like hiding the fact that you're hustling everyone.
  • When you play blackjack with a well-practiced strategy, you get the house's advantage to relatively 0. All casino games are in favor of the house, so this 0 is pretty good!

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Get so good at blackjack it's like breathing. You should be a machine when it comes to this game, spitting out the best thing to do in split seconds. You shouldn't need a book open, you shouldn't need a second to think, and you should be able to do it with one eye closed and both arms tied behind your back.
  • Knowing this game like the back of your hand is the only way you'll make money. Counting cards gives you a one percent edge. If you're betting 0, that's you make per hand.Image titled Count Cards Step 3 The only way this 1% will result in you banking millions is if you have it down to a legitimate art.
Familiarize yourself with the concept of counting cards. General strategy for card counting uses the Hi-Lo strategy. High cards are given a specific value (-1) and low cards are given a specific value (+1).Image titled Count Cards Step 4 When added up, they total the running count. That's it. The simpler you can keep it, the less your brain will want to explode - so think of this simplicity as a good thing.
  • Understand why card counting works. It works because high cards (tens) improve a player's chances of hitting a blackjack, which pays out at 3:2. They also increase the dealer's chances of going "bust." Low cards, on the other hand, are bad for the player (who wants a blackjack and to beat the house) but good for the dealer (they prevent them from busting on 16 or lower).
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Interesting facts

Joseph "Joe" Charles Beevers (born 9 December 1967 in Marylebone, London) is an English professional poker player and a member of The Hendon Mob.
During his lengthy poker career, Beevers became one of the pioneers of poker on television by appearing in every series of Late Night Poker, where he made a record 3 grand finals. Beevers also won the...

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How to Count Cards in Blackjack

Blackjack is a special game which needs special skills and techniques if you want to conquer the game. One of the special techniques is card counting. Here are some tips on how to count cards in Blackjack.

First of all, you will have to know the basic principle in card counting. Aces and tens are cards which give high advantage to players. This is due to the fact that these cards do provide a higher likelihood of getting a total of 20 (10 + 10). Thus, dealer will have to get 21 to win over you. On the other hand, small cards such as 3s, 4s, 5s and 6s are good for dealer. This is because …

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