Monday, November 1, 2010

How to count cards: Blackjack

Ever wanted to learn to count cards in black jack?
Here is the first steps on learning how to count the cards.

First you must realize that most casinos use more than one deck at a time whilst dealing in blackjack.
Counting cards allows you to predict the next card, or the range in what it will be.

First get a deck of cards:
Memorize this:
2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 cards are given the value: +1
7, 8 and 9 cards are given the value: 0
10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace are: -1
Now get a deck of cards and keep laying down the cards while counting up the tally in your head.
Eg.
Ace = -1, Running total is -1
Two = +1, Running total is 0
Two = +1, Running total is +1
Four = +1, Running total is +2
Three = +1, Running total is +3
Three = +1, Running total is +4

Keep doing this until you reach either -4 or +4 in your head
If it is +4 then your next card you pull out will highly likely to be above 6
If it is -4 then your next card you pull out will highly likely to be below 10

The higher the range of your + or -, the more likely the dealer will bring out the card that favors the other side.

While playing blackjack you need to be quick thinking and count the cards as they are dealt by the dealer on the spot. This is not a full guide, just a beginners one to learning how to count cards. Keep practicing!

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