Every beginning blackjack player dreams of beating a casino in a long run if not of winning every hand. We all surf the net in search of different useful strategies or some magic advice to help us win. At that moment we come across the card counting strategy. Bingo! “It’s what we need indeed,” we think. However, this is the strategy that it’s easy to learn, but difficult to master.
Why Blackjack Is Popular?
Let’s see whether we really need this strategy. When an experienced player plays blackjack there is 0.5% house edge. If you can count cards you may even have a 1% advantage over the house. So you see you may win lots of money with the help of this strategy.
Blackjack is a great game. Not only has it got very easy rules, it is one of few games where you can beat the casino.
What Is Card Counting Hi-Lo Strategy?
OK. Let me introduce you to a fantastic card counting system. Traditionally, when explaining the card counting system, we use the popular Hi-Lo strategy. According to this strategy, high valued cards (10s, face cards and aces) count as -1, the low valued cards (2 to 6) count as +1, and 7, 8, 9 count as 0. Your aim is to sum up all the cards appearing in the game. This total is considered the “running count”. For example, the cards dealt are K, A, 2, 7, J, 9, 3, 5, K. You count: -1 -1+1+0-1+0+1+1-1= -1. -1 is the running count. Thereby summing up all the cards dealt you may count the real casino edge at a certain point of the game.
You should also count the so-called “True Count”. For this you need to divide the running count by the number of decks, i.e. your running count is 6 and 5 decks left, so 6/5=1.2, this is the true count. The higher the true count is, the higher your advantage over casino is.
That is simple. But, of course, you must be very attentive and be able to count well and fast. It needs practice, practice and more practice!
There is one snag. The card counting strategy doesn’t work online. The matter of fact is that decks are shuffled after each hand making this strategy useless.