How to Count Cards in Blackjack

This article is part of our ongoing series on how to play blackjack, and it deals with card counting. When people talk about beating the odds of Blackjack the topic quickly turns to card counting, and how to do it. Most people think that they need an advanced degree from MIT in oder to be able to follow a proven card counting strategy, but that is simply not true. A basic card counting strategy is really quite simple to learn and employ, and can result in quite dramatic results. So, the Blackjack Trainer is going to outline a very basic card counting strategy which you can practice and develop. So lets begin with how to count cards.

If you don’t know what card counting is, then you should read this overview, Counting Cards in Blackjack. It discusses some of the basic points of what card counting is and is not, which we are not going to repeat in this posting. As well, the overview describes some of the variables that impact a card counting strategy, such as the number of decks in rotation.

Here are some key factors that need to be kept in mind when card counting;

  • the number of decks in play
  • how often the deck is shuffled
  • when the deck is shuffled
  • the number of aces that have been played

There are two numbers that the player needs to keep in mind when counting cards. We are going to go over a simple, single deck strategy to cover the basics. First, there are 13 cards in each suit from 2 – Ace, each with an intrinsic value. But Ten, Jack, Queen, and King all have a value of 10. So the

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