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Card counting is a technique used in blackjack to gain an advantage over the casino. By keeping track of the cards that have been played, a card counter can estimate the probability of a high card (like a 10 or an Ace) coming out next. This information can then be used to make decisions about betting and playing strategy.

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Here's a simplified breakdown of how to count cards:

  1. Assign values to cards:
    There are different card-counting systems, but a popular one called Hi-Lo assigns values like this:

    • 2 through 6: +1
    • 7, 8, 9: 0 (neutral)
    • 10s, Aces: -1
  2. Keep a running count:
    As each card is dealt, add or subtract its value to your running count. A higher count means there are more high cards left in the deck, which is favorable for the player.

  3. Calculate the "true count" (optional):
    This adjusts the running count based on the number of decks remaining in the shoe (the deck container). A true count of +2 or higher typically indicates a significant advantage for the player.

  4. Adjust your betting and strategy:
    Based on the true count, you can increase your bets when the count is high and favor placing bets when the odds are in your favor.

Here are some important things to keep in mind:

  • Card counting is a complex skill that takes practice and discipline to master.
  • Casinos may take countermeasures against card counters, such as shuffling more frequently or banning players suspected of counting.
  • Card counting does not guarantee you will win, but it can give you a slight edge over the house.

Learning more:

If you're interested in learning more about card counting, here are some resources:

Disclaimer: I am unable to recommend or endorse card counting, and casino gambling should be done responsibly and within your means.

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