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Blackjack Card Counting Strategy

By:, Friday June 6th 2008
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Earlier in the 1900's individuals tried to figure out ways they would be able to beat the house edge and win more games. It didn't matter if that game was going to be Blackjack or some other card game. The fact was they wanted an upper hand to win. Card counting is a well known strategy because of these ancestors; however casinos have ruled the strategy illegal, so if you employ this theory you better not get caught when playing in a land casino. It is a harder strategy to learn and not very effective with the changes the casino has made. We will outline the theory of card counting before suggesting other options.

Card counting uses a mathematical approach in that you need to keep track of the cards that have been in play, and find the probability of getting the card you need to make 21 in this game. For example if you were playing with a one deck shoe you would have 52 cards in the possibilities. If four of those cards are in play you still have 48 other cards that could come up in the next draw. You also need to determine of the three cards you already know, what the dealer would have. Most who card count will bet really low in the first few rounds to build up the discard pile. That gives them a better win option later on. They of course can't wait until the last few cards as the casino tends to reshuffle.

With the beginning of card counting the casinos felt they needed to make more of a challenge so they wouldn't lose as much money, after all that is what they are in business for. This is when the advent of multiple decks were added to the game. It makes it a lot harder to count as you have more possibilities, but still you can work on the probabilities of the options to get a better idea. The casinos also started reshuffling early in the game to throw off the card counters. If a dealer suspects a card counter they will reshuffle using a slot card, in which they take out anonymous cards and place the reshuffled cards in the deck.

If you want to use the card counting strategy it will take you several attempts to get the whole thought process done so you can win. Even more than that you have to make sure no one can tell that you are card counting.

Overall card counting is not an applicable strategy, so if I were you I would stay away from something that takes the fun out of gambling. Gambling is meant to be a risk. You can still base your play on the cards and the dealer up card to win a fair amount of the time. You can also only risk what you can afford to make it a lot of fun, without doing something that is considered illegal. Online you can't even use this technique.

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Comment by: Hal Mason On: July 14, 2009
Counting cards in blackjack is virtually impossible in online casinos as they re-shuffle the decks after each hand is dealt in a round of blackjack online. However learning this technique can still come in handy when playing in land based casinos. I don't claim to know very much about it but I found a nifty blackjack card counting trainer application here: that might be of some use to some of you who are looking and interested in counting cards while playing blackjack.

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