Whichever casino game you want to play, you will sometimes be surrounded by players who want to challenge the statistics and find a way to beat the house with each bet. This phenomenon is widespread and affects all gambling, which is quite natural.
How to count cards in blackjack?
Card counting is also one of the most widely discussed topics on the Internet, where threads about it are popping up everywhere. However, this subject remains one of the most misunderstood and poorly understood in the world of casinos, and some people more or less well-informed are in a hurry to present their counting theories, without any relevant source or very detailed reflection.
Perhaps because these stories speak of people who had the courage to do what we all would like to do perhaps because these stories tell of ambitious people who have successfully tweaked the science of blackjack into an effective way to make money, maybe because as much as we are, we would like to win as much as possible at the casino. Or maybe we just like to see someone ordinary, a common man, having a picnic with big arms. In this article, you will be able to discover some of the most effective techniques for counting cards, as well as some tips to avoid being spotted.
A little history
Dr. Edward O. Thorp is considered one of the pioneers of card counting. In his book Beat the dealer, published in 1962, he not only laid the groundwork for card counting but also offered various strategies for playing blackjack correctly. Thorp was clearly ahead of his time, and in any case, he was the first to publish his theories and expose them to the general public. Another name that comes up often when we talk about card counting is that of Andy Bloch, who we mainly know today as a very good poker player.
However, he was also part of the famous blackjack team at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and made an explanatory DVD on card counting: Beating Blackjack. He is also found in the 2005 documentary The Hot Shoe by David Layton, in which he is interviewed alongside other card counters like Edward Thorp. During filming, Layton played $ 5,000 from the film’s budget to test the principles taught by the personalities interviewed.
Some remarks on card counting
We especially want to emphasize that the publication of this article in no way constitutes an incentive for our readers to try these counting techniques in a casino. Although counting cards is no more illegal than calculating your poker outs, in most casinos, it is just the same. And since (in the United States) casinos are considered private property, they reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone (which amounts to counting card counting as illegal). And believe that they do not hesitate to enforce this right the minute they think someone is counting cards.
For us, counting cards is nothing more than a strategic tool. If you combine a solid strategy with good card counting, you will have a clear advantage over the casino and a great chance of converting this knowledge into substantial winnings at the table. Since the poker player who decides whether or not to go all-in once he has calculated that the chances of winning the hand were in his favor, it seems normal to us that the blackjack player can also increase the stakes when the conjuncture is more favorable to him.