Card Counting in Blackjack

The main idea behind card counting is to gain an advantage for determining hands, and calling or raising bets. Counting cards becomes easier with experience, and over time, becomes more and more second nature. Card counting methods can come very handy in a variant of card games. However, blackjack seems to be most suitable card game for practicing card counting.

Counting cards isn’t necessarily making a check-list or memorizing all of the cards that are out of the play and having to memorize the cards for each and every hand. Additionally, you should know that card counting is not a complete and a full playing strategy, but it’s an essential part. Beside the basic and simple card count system there are some more efficient yet harder variations. Don’t give up on these strategies because it sounds difficult. They are probably one of the most important strategies to use to increase your winnings.

Card counting in blackjack is very easy to understand. In this case the card counting is based on the fact that high cards (above nine), and especially aces, are good for you as a player. Accordingly, low cards are good for the dealer. High cards are good for you because they increase your chance of getting a “blackjack” or at list as close as possible. High cards also increase your chance of success on a pair splits and double downs. Low cards are good for the dealer because they decrease the chance that the dealer will bust.

As a card counter, you raise your bets when the ratio of high cards to low cards in the deck is skewed in your favor. You can also make other decisions based on the ratio of high cards to low cards. These adjustments can give you a small statistical advantage of 1 to 1.5 percent over the house.

One of the most common card-courting systems is the Hi-Lo Count. In this system, the cards numbered 2 through 6 are counted as +1 and all tens, which include 10s, jacks, queens and kings and aces are counted as -1. The cards 7, 8, and 9 are given a count of 0 or ignored. At the beginning of the game you start the counting from zero and add or subtract 1 accordingly. After each round, if your counting is high then increase your bet. If your counting is low then you can take a chance or even consider skipping the round.

The Hi-Lo system exemplifies a “level one” counting system. Other counting systems also assign +2 and -2 counts to certain cards and are called “level two” systems. Many card counting experts agree that the additional accuracy derived from a “level two” system is offset by the increased difficulty of keeping count and the greater likelihood of making a mistake.

Although card counting is legal, it is a big casino no-no. If the casino gets the slightest feeling that you are card counting, you will be banned from the table or even from the casino. casinos invest quite a lot of money, time and effort in fighting card counters. Luckily for you, most of those methods are irrelevant at online casinos.