Blackjack – The card counter tries to take advantage of this fact


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You can also see from these charts that you would want to play in a casino where you were allowed to double down after splitting cards and you would also want to play in a casino that offered surrender. The other two rules variations that help the player are somewhat rare but they were put in to show you how these rules changes can affect your odds in the game. Some casinos will allow you to resplit aces again if you draw an ace to one of your original aces and this works to your advantage. Also, some casinos will allow you to double down on any number of cards rather than just the first two. In other words, if you got a 2,4,3,2 as your first four cards you would then he allowed to double down on your total of 11 before receiving your 5th card. If they allow you to do this then, once again, you have a rule that works in your favor.

 

The point of showing you these charts is to help you understand that when you have a choice of places to play you should always choose the casino that offers the best rules. So, if you find a single-deck game with good rules you could be playing an even game by using the basic strategy, or at worst be giving the casino an edge of less than one-half of 1%.

 

Now, there is one way that you can actually have the edge working in your favor when you play blackjack and that’s by becoming a card counter. As I said before, card counting is not for the average person but I do think it’s important that you understand the concept of card counting and if you think you’d like to learn more about counting cards then it’s something you can follow up on later.

 

Many people think that to be a card counter you have to have a photographic memory and remember every single card that’s been played. Fortunately, it’s not quite that difficult. Actually, the main concept behind card counting is the assumption that the ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล dealer will bust more often when there are a lot of 10’s in the deck and that he will complete more hands when there are a lot of smaller cards in the deck. Now, if you stop to think about it, it makes sense doesn’t it? After all, the dealer has to play by set rules that make him take a card until he has a total of 17 or more. If there are a lot of 2’s, 3’s and 4’s in the deck the dealer won’t bust very often when he draws cards, but if there are a lot of 10′ s in the deck then chances are he will bust more often when he is forced to draw cards.

 

The card counter tries to take advantage of this fact by keeping a running total of the cards that have been played to give him an idea of what kind of cards remain in the deck. If there are a lot of 10 cards remaining in the deck then the counter will bet more money became the odds are slightly in his favor. Of course, if there are a lot of small cards remaining then the counter would only make a small bet because the odds would be slightly in favor of the dealer. Another thing that the card counter can do is to change his basic strategy to take advantage of the differences in the deck.

 

There are at least a dozen different card counting systems but let’s take a quick look at a relatively simple one (it’s also the most popular) and it’s called the high-low count. With this system you assign a value of +1 to all 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5′ s and 6’s, while all 10′ s, Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces are assigned a value of-1. The remaining cards: 7, 8 and 9 have no value and are not counted.

 

+1 = 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

-1 = 10, J, Q, K, A

 

When you look at these numbers you’ll see that there are an equal number of cards in each group: there are five cards valued at +1 and five cards valued at -1. This means that they balance each other out and if you go through the deck and add them all together the end result will always be a total of exactly zero.

 

What a card counter does is to keep a running total of all the cards as they’re played out and whenever the total has a plus value he knows that a lot of small cards have appeared and the remaining deck is rich in 10’s which is good for the player. But, if the total is a minus value then the counter knows that a lot of 10-value cards have appeared and the remaining deck must be rich in low cards which is bad for the player. To give you an example of how to count let’s say the following cards have been dealt on the first hand from a single deck:

 

2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, = +8

 

J, K, Q, A, = -4

 

Total = +4

 

As you can see, there were eight plus-value cards and four minus-value cards which resulted in a total count of +4. This means that there are now four more 10-value cards than low cards remaining in the deck and the advantage is with the player. Naturally, the higher the plus count, the more advantageous it is for the player and counters would be proportionally increasing their bets as the count got higher. The card counter would also be using the same basic strategy we spoke about previously, except for certain instances where a slight change would be called for.