Many find card counting an interesting subject but they would never try to
learn how to actually do it. Card counting looks both glamorous and difficult in
the movies and books that describe its exciting history. It is true that one
should have a logic thinking to be able to understand card counting but it
doesn't take a mathematical genius to make good use of it. Considering that card
counting might be the only strategy for Blackjack that truly works it is well
worth for anyone to look into it.
How to Card Count
Card counting is basically to keep track of what cards have been dealt and
by this get an idea of what is left in the dealer's stack. When you know what is
left to be dealt by the dealer you stand a much better chance to make correct
bets on your own hand. You don't have to remember each card by its actual value.
Most card counting systems assign values to the cards which will let the player
understand the approximate sum of the cards left to be dealt. Based on this
calculation there are specific recommendations for how to play a hand.
Is it for Everyone?
Card counting is not for everyone. If you play a lot of Blackjack and you
feel you have a logic way of thinking you could certainly try it out. For card
counting to be effective you must know the game well enough to recognize common
scenarios fast. You also need to be very patient and stick to one system of card
counting for a long time before you can expect it to give the desired results.
Learning from the Experts
There are many great card counters who don't mind to let you in on their
secret and a good idea is to learn about how they did it. If you felt inspired
by a movie on the subject you could pick up a book that deals more specifically
about how to count. To some it is enough to hear about the card counter's
amazing stories while others will want to emulate them by using the same
Pick a System
If you're not so interested in famous card counters you can look closer at
different systems and pick one that speaks the most to you. There are several
ways to card count and it is easy to get the basic information online. The real
card counting systems do usually cost a bit of money and you can get them by
reading a book or downloading software that will also let you try out the system
Part of good card counting is concealing it. It is well known that casinos
don't like card counters and this is a great proof of this strategy working. If
you are only using your brains to do card counting there isn't anything illegal
about it but no matter what your method is a casino can throw you out if they
find out what you are doing.