BLACKJACK CARD COUNTING
Introduction to Card Counting
Before You Begin
In casino play, you will be faced with hit/stand decisions the most, since these situations occur the most. You will have to make double down decisions a bit less frequently. Favourable splitting opportunities occur even less frequently, and the relative advantage of splitting versus not splitting is not as great. As a result, if you have pretty well memorized the hit/stand and the double down tables, you can proceed to learn to count cards, but continue to study your basic strategy.
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A Popular Card Counting System
The Uston Advanced Plus/Minus System is considered a "one level" count because the count values required are either +1 or -1. The cards are given the values shown in the table below.
Uston Advanced Plus/Minus
As you can see, the good cards are given a value of +1 while the bad cards a value of -1. A value of 0 is given to the neutral cards. After counting a full deck the count will always be zero. Add +1 every time you see a card from 3 to 7 played and -1 every time a ten card or an ace is played. You will find that you can increase your speed by looking for two-card combinations that net to zero, say a 6 and a 10.
Other good one level counts exists, that are either marginally better or marginally worst than this one. Most counts usually have advantages in certain situations but disadvantages in others. These differences are so small that the actual system you use is not very important. All good counts will give you an edge over the casino. What is important is that you do use a count, use it accurately, and stick to it. Some of the information provided relates to the Uston Advanced Plus/Minus count and will not be exactly the same for another system. If you plan to use another count system, you should ensure that you can get a hold of complete information.True Count
When card counting, it is important to use the true count or the count per deck.
Techniques for Counting the Cards Played
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