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Card counting Methods


Before understanding the card counting methods, you should understand how the cards are numbered and the purpose of cards counting. The high cards are considered 10, J, Q, K, A, while the cards from 2 to 6 are the low cards. 7 and 8 are neutral, therefore they are considered of 0 value. The high cards are considered +1, and the low cards are -1. Your purpose is to keep this total accurate. By the end of the game, you will know the cards remained in the package considering your total. Well, you will not know the exact cards, but you will know if the high or the low cards are still in game.

If you want to be successful in card counting, you will need a photographic memory like that of the members of MIT blackjack team. The system developed by Thorp is suited for people that are only good with math, but unfortunately, for players, all the casinos have increased security methods imposed against card counting. The only strategy that might still be successful for you is the card counting system based on a photographic memory. You will actually need to remember the cards, so you would determine what cards are still left in the package.

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Several methods of numbering the cards are used. The model presented earlier is good, but the majority of card counting fans like the next system; number the cards 2 to 6 with +1, 7 to 9 with 0, and 10 to A with +1. Each time a hand is played, see all the cards that are out of the game, and count your total. When there are only a few hands left to play, you should have a total in your mind. If your total is higher than 0, it means the majority of good cards are out of the game, and if your total is lower than 0, it means some good cards are still available.

You can also adjust your counting to percentages. Consider each royal card remained in the game as a 0.5 % advantage. Before the last two rounds, evaluate your chances. If they are higher than 10 %, you should probably play that hand. However, this strategy is only good for casinos hosting blackjack played with a single deck of cards. For two sets of cards, card counting can still be applied, but you will have smaller chances. It is totally not recommended to play card counting during a game of blackjack with four or more decks, and you should not apply the strategy for a table where the cards are shuffled after each round. 

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