Card Counting

Blackjack Card Counting Guide

When you play blackjack, do you ever feel like winning more than you win normally? Like, you want to win on every hand you get each time? Or maybe you want to keep your winnings when you know you might bust? It’s time you got yourself acquainted with card counting.
Yes, you know this. Card counting. But it’s not the way you think it is. You’ve probably seen card counting demonstrated in the movies “Rain Man” (where Dustin Hoffman’s character “counts” the cards without being noticed) and “21” (where the college students use mathematics and logic to crack the case of counting cards).

Of course, casinos are against the kind of counting these characters did because it lowers the house advantage and gives more to the player. And you know what happens to those that count: getting beat up. (Having a guy like Lawrence Fishburne beat you up isn’t a pretty thing).

But card counting is not really all about counting the cards. It has some counting involved but that’s the core of card counting. Card counting involves knowing that a deck with the highest face values (such as 10s, aces, kings, queens and jacks) will always be in favor of the player. Decks with the lowest values are not in favor of the player and therefore goes to the player. In layman’s terms, the more low value cards are dealt, the more chances you’ll get the higher value cards (Aces, 10s) and in turn you will get bigger wins.

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So you might be confused but don’t worry, after reading this guide you’ll have a good idea on how card counting works. But take caution: card counting is not seen lightly by casinos. While the punishment shown in movies depicting card counting is over-the-top, it might bring you undesirable consequences so when you’re card counting, do it discreetly.

So let’s begin with the guide to card counting:

1. Master the methods of counting
You think there’s only one type of counting? The casual counting? No way. There are a few methods being used to do card counting. Casual counting, as you know it in your mind, is just the act of counting like usual. You’re looking for the extremes. Although it won’t garner you big wins like the other methods do. So if you’re planning to indulge counting, know your methods and master them.

2. Use a chart for counting
If you Google around, you’ll come across counting system charts. These charts have a value listed for all the cards you may come across when you play blackjack. It’s a good way to practice counting especially since every game will be different. It takes time to master even one method so have a chart based on whatever method you choose and use it.

3. Know the values
When you’re beginning your counting journey, you need to have a good idea on what counters use. All systems assign a number value for all cards that come out. The values mostly used in these system range from -1 to 10+. Negative values tend to be a disadvantage to the player while high values tend to be an encouragement for the player to take their bets.

4. Based on the values, you can decide on whether to hit, stand, double down or split
Using these values, you’ll have a good stand on whether to hit, stand, double down or split. Counting can help you decide on whether the advantages and disadvantages will help you win.

5. For the beginner, you can go Hi-Lo
One of the systems commonly used in card counting is the Hi-Lo system. Known as the point count system, Hi-Lo has you assigning a value to all cards dealt, including the dealer. It takes a lot of mental ability to keep track of the value. Here are the values assigned: –
– If it’s an Ace or a 10, it’s assigned -1.
– If it’s 7, 8 and 9, they’re assigned 0
– Id it’s 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, it’s assigned 1.
From this setup, it’s all about adding the values. So if the values go up high, you can increase your bet. But if the values go down, you’d better keep on the fence. If the count is 0, it’s just a neutral advantage.
6. Card counting gets a bit harder with multiple decks
If you happen on a blackjack with multiple decks, you’d better have a good amount of concentration. It’ll take a lot of your enjoyment out when you’re trying to figure out the count value of the decks. If you’ve mastered the Hi-Lo, you can try using it on multiple decks.

7. KO system, Hi-Opt and other systems
If Hi-Lo was too easy for you, you can try your hand at the other card counting systems. They’re going to be a bit mentally taxing and it requires a lot of skill to crack these systems. So make sure you have a good chart with you and lots of practice. You’re going to need it.

This wraps up the card counting guide. There’s still a lot to be learned in card counting and this article doesn’t describe the full scale of card counting. So take this guide as an intro to card counting. With a little determination and practice, you’ll be a master card counter. You’ll know what to do and what not to do when playing blackjack.

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But make sure you count discreetly. Don’t worry; in real life, casinos won’t do anything legal on you if they catch you card counting. They’ll just kick you off the premises. But if you ever get caught by someone like Lawrence Fishburne from the movie “21”… better watch out.