Card counting is an advanced technique used to gain an edge when
playing blackjack. A player must first know the basic
strategies for blackjack before learning "counting". By
any system of
counting cards you will definiately be able to put the odds in your
The whole concept of blackjack card counting is that having multiple
decks filled with lots of Tens and Aces will be to your advantage. When
these decks of the dealer are
stacked with smaller cards the advantage is surely on the
dealer's/casino's side . Simply put,
when the card decks are in your favor you should bet a larger amount
if possible) and when the advantage is with the
dealer, only bet the minimum.
This is because decks filled with 10s increases the chance of the
dealer going bust. You on the other hand can just opt to stand when
the dealer's showing card is equal to or less than Six. In an
opposite manner, a deck filled with smaller cards makes the dealer's
chance to go bust much less. Knowing if decks are heavy with 10s or
cards, can give you the advantage of knowing what money
strategy to use. Having this information can make you a game of 21 dealer beater
The dealer must always hit until having a soft 17. Having the dealer
being forced to
hit with a
hand of 10 & 6 when the decks are filled with 10s is great
news for you the player.
Also, if the usual three to six deck shoe is weighted with lots of
there is higher chance that you'll get
blackjack. When the player has blackjack, the pay off odds are 3 to 2
dealer will only win on that hand if he/she also gets a Blackjack.
That's why a deck filled with Aces & Tens is always to the
not done by memorizing each card that has
out of a multi deck shoe of cards. Such a feat would be impossible for
any mere mortal. Card
counting is done by assigning the different card numbers with different
point values. Always remember to pick a system that is easy to
remember. This will cause fewer mistakes and you will lose less money.
Remember, you will need to assign a point value for each card and you
will have to add the value of the cards that have come out. This is
called the running count. Based on the plus/minus strategy, here are
the values assigned.
2, 3,4,5,6 = +1;
7, 8, 9 = 0;
10, J, Q, K, Ace = -1
To illustrate this more clearly:
The first card dealt is an ace, so we start by having -1. Then 6 is the
next card dealt so we add 1. This makes the run count back to zero.
Then a 3 and 4 follows, making the run count now 2.
After figuring the run count, you can try to figure the true count. You
take the running count you have and divide it with the number of decks
remaining from the shoe.
The true counts tell you the appropriate bet size and you can base your
betting strategy from there. Good luck!