The Art of Card Counting

In this blog, we’ll provide you with the best information on dealing, playing, and simply just having fun with all the odds working with you.

A lot of people think that counting cards has to do with the memorization of the cards but on the contrary it is not the memorization but the math behind the strategy.

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Counting cards is a primary strategy for the game Blackjack. This is used for calculating cards to have the winnings in your favor.

This can be broken down into 4 simple steps:

  1.     Assign a value to every card within the deck.
  2.    Keep a “running count” of the cards that are being dealt.
  3.    Use this information to get a “true count”
  4.    Change your bets as the “true count” rises

There are different ways that you count cards such as “back counting” and “group counting.” These techniques were discovered by an American mathematician named Edward O. Thorp.

Thorp is considered the grandfather of card counting and has written literature on various betting and player strategies, for example, in 1962 he wrote a book for optimal blackjack playing called ​Beat The Dealer: A Winning Strategy for The Game Twenty One​. This has contributed to a lot of professional players and amateurs for 2 generations.

Did You Know?

Card counting is NOT illegal in the United States under federal, state, or local laws. As long as you do not have any person assisting you with card counting and if you do not have any external card counting devices. However, casinos have a lot of rules in place to try and prevent this from happening.

Dealer’s Tip

 You can lower the risk of a player counting cards by taking away a card at the beginning of the game, this is right after you shuffle the deck and place it into the shoe. A lot of people reference this as a “burn card.” This will lower the odds of card counting while you’re dealing and make the game fair to all parties who are participating in the game.

Remember as a dealer you are responsible for the mood and setting at your table and if you can prevent any cheating or upper hand advantage of any kind you need to do so!