Keeping track of cards as you play is good practice for just about any card game – if you’re playing poker, you need to count your outs or you’ll find yourself going all in on a royal flush that simply isn’t left in the deck. But never is this more apparent than in blackjack where counting the cards is so widespread that many casinos have rules in place to prevent players from doing it due to the advantage it gives players. So, obviously we’re going to give you a quick primer on how to do it so that you can have that advantage too!
Step 1: Choosing the system to start with
This is going to be the biggest part of any card counting plan – choosing which system you want to use. Ever since the early days of Edward Thorp, counting cards has had a very vaguely defined set of ‘rules’ for how the systems should be used and the methods have stayed relatively similar since then with ranges of complexity. Choosing the first system you want to learn is a vital step in your journey to become a Rainman-esque master but you probably don’t want to start with one of the harder ones. Continue reading