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1.
The only legal and consistent way to win in a casino. You can do this by using a combination of basic strategy, and keeping track of the cards that have been played. Assuming you know the rules of BlackJack, here is a quick explination of how to play.
Basic Strategy:
If the dealers face up card is a 4,5 or 6 the player should draw up to a minimum of 12
If the dealers face up card is anything else, the player should draw up to a minimum of 17
Always split Aces and 8's
The Count:
The player is aiming to reach a minimum target number when counting.
If the target number is reached or exceeded, the player should increase their bet because they will be odds on to win.
The target number is double the amount of decks being used (If the dealer is playing with 4 decks, the target number would be +8 or higher).
Every card delt has a count value. These have to be tracked in order to know when to increase the bets.
2,3,4,5 and 6 have a value of +1
7,8 and 9 have a value of 0
10, Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces have a value of -1
Card counting does give the player a pecentage above the house, but it is not always easy to do. For maximum efficiency the technique should be practiced extensively prior to usage.
In order to make counting difficult for the house to spot, count teams are recomended. This is where one person does the counting while playing small, and signals the other team members when to come over and start betting big.
If you're serious about winning money, get serious about card counting.
by qwerty boy August 18, 2005
 
2.
A way to gain an advantage over the house. It is not cheating. Most of the best blackjack players do this.
Goats enjoys card counting. It is not cheating. It wins her money.
by "Goats" March 29, 2005
 
3.
a life skill every good gambler should learn
card counting is how to beat those bastards at the casino who try to screw over the gamblers
by Just Sayin' May 27, 2006
 
4.
The only legal way to win in a casino. You can do this by using a combination of basic strategy, and keeping track on the cards that have been played. Assuming you know the rules of BlackJack, here is a quick explination of how to play.
Basic Strategy:
If the dealers face up card is a 4,5 or 6 the player should draw up to a minimum of 12
If the dealers face up card is anything else, the player should draw up to a minimum of 17
Always split Aces and 8's
The Count:
The player is aiming to reach a minimum target number when counting.
If the target number is reached the player should increase their bet because they will be odds on to win.
The target number is double the amount of decks being used (If the dealer is playing with 4 decks, the target number would be +8 or higher).
Every card delt has a count value. These have to be tracked in order to know when to increase the bets.
2,3,4,5 and 6 have a value of +1
7,8 and 9 have a value of 0
10, Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces have a value of -1
Card counting does give the player a pecentage above the house, but it is not always easy to do. For maximum efficiency the technique should be practiced extensively prior to usage.
In order to make counting difficult for the house to spot, count teams are recomended. This is where one person does the counting while playing small, and signals the other team members when to come over and start betting big.
Card counting rocks!
by qwerty boy August 17, 2005