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Blackjack Card Counting

Blackjack Card Counting

We will start with a very simple system of card counting. If you have understood the initial strategy play, this system may take some couple of hours play to learn but it will surely increase your results in future best reviews. The system will include simple count, a running count, bet progressions and a few minor adjustments to the play.

Our count will track all 10’s and A’s on one hand and 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s on the other hand. See the running count of the plus and minus. We will start with a single deck now.

A deck of cards has 52 cards out of which there are 4 A’s and 16 10’s (4 10’s, 4 J’s, 4 Q’s, and 4 K’s), 20 cards totally which benefit the player. Deck also includes 20 cards which may be beneficial to the dealer (2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 cards 4 each). 5’s and 6’s are better for the dealer than 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s and this is a simple count.

There are more complicated counts, but it would be good to master this simple count first and then go for complex one.

So let’s start with a running count of zero. In the beginning, there will be twenty cards for the player and twenty cards for the dealer; hence the count will be zero. As the play starts, we have to add one to our count for each card that is 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 and subtract one each time you get 10 or A. The idea is very simple. If you are dealt with 5, the deck will contain 20 10’s and 19 of the other cards. If you get more tens then it is our advantage and you can add one. If a 10 (J, Q, K or A) is dealt next, the advantage will get back to zero. Now we are going to see running count. Till the play continues with the same deck we have to add one for every 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and subtract for every 10 or A.

Although it’s a bit hard to count cards in playing online Blackjack, there is an ongoing debate regarding the ethics of this practice. It is definitely frowned upon by land based casinos for obvious reasons, as they are in business to make as much money as they possibly can. Card counting gives the player a definite edge over the dealer, thus, making the casino have to pay out more winning hands. In fact, if you are discovered counting cards in Blackjack at a land based casino, you will forfeit your winnings and be escorted out.

Online Blackjack does not run into this dilemma too often due to the software used in the casinos. Most of the time you will not be able to accurately keep track of the cards played so it does not become an issue. If you are really good at it, though, there might be a way to use this as a somewhat reliable way to win.

The general consensus of supporters of card counting feel that as long as it is something you are doing in your head, that it is not considered to be cheating. However, if you have some sort of device you are using to do this, it is believed that is definitely a method of cheating and should not be used under any circumstances.

To repeat, online Blackjack usually does not present the opportunity to use card counting as a way to increase your winning edge. If this is something that you feel will benefit you, though, there are ways to learn how to do it well enough to use effectively. Find a “course” that will allow you to study and learn the quickest and most efficient way to count cards. When you feel confident enough, try it out on your next game. Just remember not to be obvious about it.