Blackjack Card Counting – Made Easy

Blackjack Card Counting – Made Easy

Blackjack is one of the few games where you can get an edge over the casino. How? By learning to card count you can then play with the odds in your favor longer term and iple up long term profits.

Card counting can be easy and quick to learn and gives you an edge to win so let’s look at how blackjack card counting works.

Before you learn to card count, you will need to be very familiar with basic blackjack strategy this tells you the action for any hand you are dealt, is easy to learn and is soon committed to memory. Until then pre printed cards are available free on the net.

Now it’s onto card counting, there are misconceptions so let’s get them out of the way first. Card counting does work, but people believe in two myths that are just that, not true.

1. Card counters will memorize every card they have seen dealt out of a deck or shoe, and card counting needs to be complicated. These are both wrong assumptions.

Card counters will memorize very little if at all.

Instead they look for signals and signs that depend on how rich the deck is in high cards to come out which we will explain in a minute.

Simple card counting systems can be very effective. Remember that is the logic the system is based upon, and not its complexity that makes a system successful.

2. Card counting lets a player know what card will be dealt out the deck next. This is very wrong!

All Card counting is just giving the counter a probability and not a prediction. Here are some important facts about Blackjack Card counting.

1. Why it works.

Blackjack card counting works because players who use a correct blackjack strategy with a card counting system can beat the casino’s odds advantage by between 2 – 4%.

The reasons for this are simple.

The low cards will favor the dealer in blackjack, while the high cards will favor the player.

The low cards favors the dealer as they help him to make winning totals on his hands when he is stiff, (stiff means that he has a 12, 13, 14, 15, or 16 total on his first two cards). The opposite is true for the player.

2. Card Counting gives you the Odds Advantage over the dealer.

As a player, in casino blackjack, you can stand on your stiffs if you want to, but the dealer can’t. The dealer has no choices to make and must follow the strict rules. Here is your odds advantage.

The rules of blackjack require the dealer to hit his stiffs. If the deck is no rich in high cards, the dealer will bust.

So, your ability to choose over the dealer’s inability gives you a real odds advantage.

3. Card Counting and the Odds of Hitting a Blackjack

High cards will favor the player because they often bust the dealer when he hits his stiffs, and because the 10s and Aces create blackjacks.

Statistically, the odds of getting a blackjack are rather equal for the player and the deale
r, but the player is paid more (3:2) when he gets a blackjack.

4. Card Counting is Selective

When card counting, you don’t have to count each individual card value in order to know when you have an edge over the casino. You really only need to know if the deck is rich or poor in high cards i.e those cards that are favorable to the player.

5. Card Counting – When to Act on what you know.

Effective card counting reveals when you have an advantage.

In order to take advantage of that you must know what to do, obviously if you are in the advantage your bet higher, and if you are not, you bet at minimum.

6. Find a blackjack card counting system that works for you.

Some systems are easy to learn and just as effective as more complicated ones.

You must search out various systems and see which is right for you. The one you pick up “naturally” may be the best.

Keep in mind a simple card counting sytem executued without errors is far better than a complicated one with errors.

When you get the right one you will see your blackjack game and winning improve immediately!

By: Sacha Tarkovsky

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