Cardjack for Blackjack was introduced by American mathematician Edward O. Thorp in the early 1960s in the book Beat The Dealer, and his system soon caused panic among the country’s casinos, which began to introduce a variety of measures to make card counting difficult. Ever since, new and more efficient card counting methods have been launched and casinos have invented matching countermeasures, in a race between casino operators and card counters.
How does card counting work?
All methods of card counting are based on obtaining information about when the player’s chance is highest to get good cards, and then raise the bet on these occasions. The secret behind card counting is very simple: low cards favor the casino, high cards favor the player. This is because the greater the proportion of high cards left to play, the greater the chance that a player will get a blackjack, and the greater the risk of the bank getting thick.
Accordingly, card counting is to assign from one card mix to the next, all of the table’s dealt low cards a positive value, the high cards a negative value, and the middle cards a neutral. By continuously adding these positive and negative values you get a number, which, if positive, means a large amount of remaining high cards in the card slots that remain for the croupier to distribute.
The simplest method for card counting is Hi-Lo, which consists of two parts: current counting and real counting. In the current account, you always assign the cards played (including the dealer’s!) Any of the values -1, 0 and +1 as they are dealt, according to the table below:
You start the current count immediately after the last card mix. If the dealer in the first place gets King, 7 and you yourself get Ace, Jack then the bill will be according to the table’s values:
-1-0-1-1 = -3
In other words, your current figure after the first given is -3. Then the next deal ends with the dealer getting 6, 6, 7 and you got Dam, 7, 6 and then you continue from -2 and thus you get:
-3 + 1 + 1 + 0-1 + 0 + 1 = -1
So your current figure is -1 after others given. And this is how you continue to count until the next card mix. In the example above, we have only the bank and one player. Of course, the more cards to keep track of the more people who play. But there are some shortcuts. As you soon notice, you can simply ignore the 0-value cards as they do not affect the current figure. A positive number indicates a greater number of high cards left to hand out, and on the contrary if your current number is negative.
In order to use your current figure, you must first make a real count, given that you are playing with more than one deck of cards. So if, in a game with 8 cards, you estimate that there are 6 cards left to be dealt, and your running figure is 12, then you get your real figure by dividing the running figure by the number of remaining cards, in the example above we get 12 ÷ 6 is 2. The real figure is thus 2. A basic bet strategy says you should bet 1 unit (1 minimum amount, the minimum bet you decided to use) when your real figure is negative or neutral, 2 units when it reaches +1, 3 units at +2, and 5 units at higher real numbers.
Uston SS bill
The Uston SS method is the most accurate method of card counting in Blackjack to date, but it is also one of the most difficult to learn, as it in the current account assigns the split cards a total of three values, unlike Hi-Lo which assigns only one (negative and positive) value. During the current account, you assign shared cards values according to the table below.
Information, tips and advice
You don’t have to be a genius like Dustin Hoffman’s character Raymond in the movie Rain Man or Zach Galifianaki’s Alan in the movie The Hangover to learn how to count.