Card counting systems
What is behind all these systems?
There are several card counting systems in blackjack. The basic
concept in card counting systems is that the decks with more tens,
face, and ace cards are better for the players. This allows more
chances for players to get closer to twenty one and hitting twenty
one on the spot.
During the 70's and 80's
Ken Uston (a famous blackjack player, strategist, and author)
and a team of blackjack card counters visited casinos in Atlantic
City and Las Vegas. They made hundreds of thousands of dollars
from playing professional blackjack with innovational card
counting systems. They were not the first to use such methods
in blackjack tables, but they were the ones that used teamwork
professionally, thus making money out of blackjack tables.
The decks with more low cards are more biased
for the dealer. With this basic tenet in mind, several card counting
systems in blackjack have come about. In fact, there are actually
hundreds of card counting systems out there. Since it would be impossible
to tackle all the card counting systems, you should focus on the
most basic and the most comprehensible card counting systems first.
You do not want to start reading on summations and hearing words
like delta when all you want to do is play cards and have fun.
Over the years, many strategies and methods have been tried. The
most famous one is the MIT card counting method that was used by
a group of MIT students in the mid 1990s. They won hundreds of thousands
of dollars in casinos across the US before they were busted. However,
that method would be hard to replicate again. Since casinos employ
highly sophisticated surveillance technologies that watch every
move you make, repeating a method that was successful in the past
is almost impossible. At the slightest hint of you using any kind
of mathematical system or computing gadget, casino security will
ask you to leave and you will be accused of trespassing if you return.
The plus minus hi lo card counting system
The plus minus hi lo card counting system is a system that assigns
values to cards. Cards seven to nine are assigned a value of zero.
Cards two to six are assigned a value of positive one. Face cards
and the ace are assigned a value of negative one. In order to have
a balanced deck, the total of all the cards must equal to zero.
Think of it. If you add the numbers assigned to the cards in a standard
fifty two deck, you will end up with a value of zero.
The standard fifty-two-deck according to this system is a non biased
deck. The only advantage the dealer has is an eight percent chance
because he or she acts after all the other players have made their
move. Aside from that, the standard fifty-two-deck is a non biased
deck. If you would like to make the deck dealer-biased then you
should simply make the deck positive. The higher the positive number
of the deck, the more biased it is towards the dealer. On the other
hand, if you would like to make the deck more biased for the players
then make the deck more and more negative.
Multilevel card counting systems
If you want to complicate matters a little bit more, you can assign
different values to the cards themselves. Instead of using ones
and zeroes in the plus minus card counting systems, you can assign
other numerical values to the cards like twos and negative twos.
This makes the distinction between cards more accurate.
Card counting for the mathematicians and the numerically inclined
There are so many more card counting systems out there. If you
would like to study all these card counting systems then you should
probably purchase a book on it. If you are into numbers then you
will certainly find odds calculation very interesting. If you think
that you are good in numbers and if you think that you can become
better in blackjack by understanding card counting systems then
go ahead and take the plunge. There are certainly a lot of ways
to appreciate the game of blackjack and the numerical side would
certainly be of a lot of interest to the mathematicians at heart.