Blackjack Card Counting

Another strategy that is very widely used among gamblers is blackjack card counting. Throughout the years, much has been said about the art of counting cards when playing blackjack; some say it doesn’t work, some swear by it. What do you think? Well, I can tell you that it certainly does work, but whether or not you buy that, depends on how easily you are convinced.

Blackjack Card Counting

The main objective of counting cards is to get a basic idea of how many high cards are left in the deck to be dealt from. Knowing this, you can make decisions based on ruling some out if the card to make a certain hand is not present in the deck. Let’s say one deck is being used in the game you’re playing and you’ve already counted four aces, meaning that there are none left in the deck. You’ll know, whatever the case may be, that the dealer will not get a blackjack until all the cards are returned to the deck. Counting cards simply gives you an idea of what to expect and where you stand in the game.

However, performing this art is not an easy task; it requires a lot of concentration and a mind that can remember critical information and at times, a lot of it. It is also a strategy that has the potential to tire you out in no time. Naturally, the more decks are being used to play the game, the harder blackjack card counting becomes, since there are more cards to keep track of. The strategy I am about to describe will not work for everyone; we are all individuals with different abilities and skills. However, blackjack card counting is not only related to genetics, it largely relies on self-discipline as much time is needed to practice the art and become good enough the get the numbers right somewhat.

Face-Down Games

  1. The dealer’s up card.
  2. Your hole cards.
  3. Any hit cards and busted cards.
  4. The dealer’s hole card.
  5. The dealer’s hit cards, if any.
  6. Other players’ hole cards and double down cards.

Face-Up Games

  1. Other players’ hole cards.
  2. The dealer’s up card.
  3. Any hit cards and busted cards.
  4. The dealer’s hole card.
  5. The dealer’s hit cards, if any.
  6. Any double down cards.

The above card counting methods are just pointers as to what you should concentrate given the situation. When you practice the routine enough, it will eventually come naturally without much thought. Practicing attentiveness and learning to block out distracting factors that are often found at the casinos can only work to your advantage. Good luck!