Count Cards in Blackjack – Is it Really Possible?

Blackjack has been around for awhile, we all have played it with friends, family or maybe even at the casino. Having a secret strategy to count cards in blackjack to some seems folly. Some would even argue that with black jack, there is no way to know and it is all just luck. This could not be further from the truth, in fact, card counting in blackjack at the blackjack table can be quite profitable when done correctly.

Casinos have had to continuously modify the blackjack table and try to even their odds against the card counter. The reason they can only modify the game is due to card counting not being illegal. Unless a person is using a device, such as a calculator, a casino cannot have you arrested or press charges of any kind against you. They can, however, ban you from the casino and have you removed for any reason they see fit due to it being private property, and they will too. So, the stipulation here if you wish to learn how to count cards is, you must use your brain. I know some of you might read that and say to yourself “well, I’m not Rainman and I’m not a mathematician, so I can’t do it” You are wrong!

Counting cards comes in many forms applicable to blackjack. Some are very complicated and do require quite a brilliant mind to accomplish, but others are quite simple once you grasp the basics. Basic strategy is very important to master before you test it out at a casino. The basic concept is to watch the cards dealt and use a system to calculate the odds of winning. Low-value cards are good for your odds of winning, high value cards are good for the dealer. Essentially, you are deciphering when you as a player have an advantage over the house. Since 21 is the objective of blackjack, or to get as close to 21 as possible, the more high cards in the deck the better your chances of the dealer busting or you getting a natural. In its most simple form this is accomplished by using a system of numbers to keep a count on cards dealt, most systems use intervals of +1, 0, -1, for each group of cards. Low cards being +1 and high cards being -1, neutral cards being 0. Usually the lows are 2,3,4,5,6, the neutrals are 7,8,9, and the highs are, 10, J, Q, K, A. The reason there are neutral card numbers is simply because they have little influence on the positive or negative effect on the variables you will be keeping track of.

In all honesty, learning how to count cards in blackjack is not for everybody. Its not just about keeping a simple count, the real beauty of counting is in the player’s ability to blend in as a typical player riding on lady luck. If you appear to be counting, many dealers will pick up on it and attempt to break your concentration. A big part of learning to count cards is in learning to do it automatically without much effort, this is where most fail and get made. The trick is in training your brain to register the count nearly sub-consciously.