How Does Card Counting Work?

Counting Cards Explained Counting Cards Explained

Until now, most of what I've written about blackjack strategy has been written for beginners. Today I want to get into some more advanced blackjack strategy, but this is still aimed at beginners. This post is about how card counting works.

The first thing you should understand about counting cards is that you don't have to be a genius in order to count cards. It doesn't require exceptional memorization skills at all, in fact. You do need to be able to concentrate in stressful situations though.

In a game of blackjack, a player wins more money when he's dealt a natural 21. Those bets pay out at 3 to 2 instead of even odds. Certain cards make getting a natural more likely, while all the other cards make getting a natural less likely. The only way for a player to get dealt a natural is to receive an ace and a ten, so those two cards are the most important cards in the deck.

Card counters track how many aces and tens have been dealt out of the deck already. The fewer aces and tens are left in the deck, the less likely it is that you'll be dealt a natural, so you should bet less in those situations.

On the other hand, lower value cards make it more likely that a player will be dealt a "stiff" hand. That's a hand that's likely to bust. Since the players bust before the dealer makes her playing decisions, having a higher likelihood of busting is bad for the player. In a deck with a lot of low-value cards, like twos, threes, fours, fives, and sixes, players should bet less.

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Why Does the House Edge in Blackjack Increase with the Addition of Decks?

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The house edge in blackjack increases when the house uses multiple decks. Savvy blackjack players search for single deck blackjack games, but most casinos deal blackjack from "shoes" that contain as many as eight decks of cards. Having these additional decks of cards increase the house's edge, but why?

The reason for this change in math is because the additional decks decrease the chances of a player getting dealt a natural. (A natural is an initial total on two cards of 21, which pays out at 3 to 2.) Since there are more cards in the deck, the effect of the tens and aces is diluted.

Think about it this way. Suppose you're playing in a single deck blackajck game, and you're dealt a ten. Your chances of getting a blackjack are the same as your chances of being dealt an ace on the next card. That's an easy probability to calculate. There are 51 cards left in the deck--you've been dealt one of them already. Four of those cards are aces, so your chance of getting an ace on that next card is 4/51, or 7.84%.

Now suppose you're playing in an eight-deck game, and you're dealt a ten. There are 32 aces left in the deck, but now, the deck consists of 415 additional cards. Your chances of being dealt an ace are 32/415, or 7.71%. That seems like a small difference, but the casino is working on a mathematical model that deals in millions of hands. A tenth of a percent is a big deal over the course of a million ten dollar bets.

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Almost all casino provides great range and support of different exciting gambling games - but before you start playing them you need eg to download video poker game online and the same you can do with any blackjack software

All these strategies and tips need practice. Only then you can play blackjack for money and win with pleasure. So, take your chances and play smart.