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Introduction to Card Counting

Essentially card counting is any structured system which can be used to determine whether the cards in the next hand are likely to favour the player or whether they will give the dealer the advantage. It is based on the statistical analysis of hundreds of millions of simulated blackjack hands which have shown that a prevalence of high cards remaining in the shoe favours the player and a prevalence of low cards in the shoe make a dealer win more likely.

There are lots of theories as to why this might be true, but it is best to just accept that fact and then learn the systems that allow you to keep track of the contents of the shoe.

Movies such as "Rainman" and more recently "The Hangover" have sought to portray the act of card counting as tracking every single card in the shoe or processing complicated nuclear physics style formulae mentally.

The truth is rather more mundane. The most popular system in use today is the hi-lo count in which each card in the deck is assigned a value of either -1, 0 or +1. High Cards such as 10, J, Q, K and A are assigned -1. 7, 8 and 9 are valued at 0 and the low cards, 2 - 6 are valued at +1. By keeping a running count as the cards are dealt, any player can keep track of how many high cards remain in the shoe. The real skill is in training yourself to keep a running count without affecting your perfect basic strategy play (or looking like you are concentrating really hard which is a bit of a give away to the casino). All of this effectively records the removal from play of the different cards and the running count, or more accurately the true count (The running count / the number of decks left in the shoe) allows the player to increase their betting when the shoe favours the player without too much mental arithmetic.

Now that you know all of this you can go and put it into practise in a safe environment with our card counting training software. It's multiplayer and you can work your way up from tables where the counts are displayed for you, so you can understand the way it works, right through to tables where you can pit yourself against the house and try to bring it down! You can perfect your technique without fear of being backed off.