Card counting is an advanced technique that can increase your chances to win in the game of blackjack. However, before you can apply this technique, it is important to have an understanding of the basic strategies first. With card counting, you can turn the advantage to your favor.
In card counting, a deck consisting of 10s and aces will work to your advantage. On the other hand, a deck with smaller cards will favor the dealer. In short, when you have the advantage, maximize your wager otherwise, bet the minimum.
This is due to the fact that a deck rich in 10s puts the dealer in a risk of getting busted. On the other hand, you can just have the option to stand. Conversely, a deck with lower cards reduces the risk of the dealer getting busted. By knowing the cards that are in the deck, you can adjust the strategy to make it work to your advantage.
If the deck has a lot of aces, it is likely that you'll get a blackjack. This will entitle you to a payout of 3:2. The only chance that the dealer will win is if they get a blackjack. Therefore, a deck with a lot of aces always works to your advantage.
However, it is important to remember that card counting in blackjack is not all about remembering every card that is dealt on a six deck shoe of cards. It is done by designating a unique point value to the various card numbers. This will lead to lesser mistakes and reduce your losses.
With card counting in blackjack, you designate a point value for every card and get the total of the cards that have already been dealt. This is known as the running count.
Let's say the first card that was dealt to you is an ace, so you begin the count at -1. Next, you are dealt a 6, so you add 1, yielding a running count of zero. The next two cards you receive from the deck are 3 and 4, which will now result to a running count of 2.
After getting the running count, you can determine the true count. You can do this by dividing your running count with the number of decks left on the shoe.
From there, you can determine the correct size of the bet and you can base your strategy from the true count.
At first, blackjack card counting seems complicated but once you master the technique, you'll get the hang of it and winning in blackjack will be very easy for you.