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Counting cards in Blackjack

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Could I learn counting cards in Blackjack from the movie 21?

Is it effective and will it help me in casinos?

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Blackjack Terms – Part One

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Blackjack Terms – Part One

From “Action” to “Color Up,” we’re going to go over a bunch of Blackjack and casino terms in part one of our Blackjack terms series today. I’ve spent some time coming up with a listing of fun terms I think you’ll want to know. They’re listed in alphabetical order, so scroll around if you want.

Action – It means almost what you think. When a bet is “live” it has action. This term is commonly used when someone puts actual cash in the betting area.

Back Counting – A back counter is someone who isn’t sitting at the table and who is counting the cards. An example would be two friends that walk up to play. One sits down and the other stands around the table.

Bankroll – Ah, this one is a classic. A bankroll is the amount of money you have to gamble with. It’s the key ingredient in money management and the better you are at managing a bankroll, the better off you are. A bankroll can be for a session of gambling, a calendar month, a season in sports or whatever other time term you want.

Bar – No, not the kind that serves you drinks. If you get barred, you’re out of luck. A barred player is one who gets removed from the casino for good. It’s also called “being 86ed.”

Basic Strategy – In Blackjack, this is your garden-variety strategy that’s designed to help you have a good time and stay in the game.

Blackjack – This is the game we’re talking about. If you don’t know how to play, check out the quick-start Blackjack guide on this site.

Burn Card – After the deck is shuffled and cut, the first card is “burned,” which means it is discarded. This is an old anti-cheat mechanism and it’s still used today in brick and mortar casinos.

Bust – When your card count in Blackjack goes over 21, you’ve busted. When you bust, you lose. Ideally, you hope this happens to the dealer often and not you.

Card Counting – It’s a strategy to try and figure out what type of cards are left in the deck. Players who employ this strategy will bet bigger when the remaining cards in the deck are larger and bet less when the remaining cards in the deck are smaller. There are many card counting techniques and we talk about card counting in Blackjack more on this site.

Cold Deck – Cold deck is the same thing as a cold table in Craps. It just means that the deck sucks for players. If you’re counting, you know when the deck is cold, because it’s overloaded with smaller cards.

Color Up – When you’re ready to leave the table, you can color up. Let’s say that you have 20 red chips ($100), you could color up for one black chip. Casinos try to color up players, because it keeps them from having to constantly fill tables with extra chips. As a player, it’s easier to walk around with fewer chips.

We’ll be back in part two of our Blackjack terms series with “Comp.”

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Blackjack cards counting

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

How to count cards in blackjack (21) with the use of the Hi-Low System

hey guys heres a semi quick vid on how to count cards Heres the basics: 2-6=1 7-9=0 10-A=-1 You always start with 0 and then u add and subtract according to the cards. Once the next hand is dealt you continue with your last count. So if the count was +2 in the first hand its plus 2 to start the second hand. The higher the number of the count in the positive range the better chances you have of winning and the lower count goes to the dealer. 4K(ME) 9K(DEALER) Here are two hands and pretend …

Video posted by: ironman7242

Is Blackjack Card Counting Illegal

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Is Blackjack Card Counting Illegal – an article by Doctor Blackjack

In a word, no. Card counting is not illegal.

You cannot use any devices to assist you in card counting. Pocket sized computers and other electronic devices that can be used as card counting aides are illegal. If you are caught using such a device you will be arrested in Las Vegas. A card counter can only use his own intellect to card cards.

A casino will be on guard for card counters. They watch for players who play in a business like manner. They look for players who don’t interact with the dealer or other patrons. They look for players using basic strategy. Casinos will count along with a suspect card counter. A player will be labeled as a counter when the casino sees the player raise his bet when the count is in his favor.

Team play was big in the 1990s. A team would consist of one or more players at a table betting only the table minimum and counting cards. Since these players never increased their wager, the casinos could not spot them as counters. These players then signal another, “big money” player. The “big money” player wanders from table only stopping where the count is in his favor and only betting large amounts. Without the typical wager increases of a single card counter, teams of players were difficult for the casino to spot.

A casino may escort you off premises, read you the riot act, and threaten you with trespassing should you return. They may share your picture and profile with other casinos. However, this is not likely unless you are wagering large sums of money.

A card counter who is counting poorly or who is losing is likely to be allowed to play. A casino is happy to have anyone lose at any of their games. A card counter who is winning will often provoke some action by the casino. The easiest thing for the casino to do is instruct the dealer to shuffle more frequently, perhaps every third or fifth hand. This makes the counter constant reset his count and he will never see the positive count he needs.

In order to prevent being identified as a card counter, a player can do several things. First, the player should act in a relaxed manner. Second, it may be prudent to break basic strategy. For example, you could split tens every once in a while. A casino is likely to label you a recreational player if you break basic strategy now and then. Finally, a player can be careful with his wager. A five to ten times increase in the wager is likely to be ignored. Beyond ten times increase will draw scrutiny. Also, some players recommend changing your wager in proportion to the running count. Thus the wager is always changing and it’s hard to notice increases.

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An Intro To Card Counting At Blackjack

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

An Intro To Card Counting At Blackjack

a snippet explaining the basics of card counting.

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