You've heard the term "counting cards" before, and here you will learn a very simple, basic card counting method called the "plus-minus count." This technique can help to tip the scales in your favor and beat the casino.

## Step 1: Card Values

When using the "plus-minus count," each card has a value. Cards 2 through 6 have a +1 count. Cards 7 through 9 have a 0, or neutral count. Cards 10 through ace have a -1 count.
randofo7 years ago
bduarte31 year ago
Sorry its not +2
bduarte31 year ago
The count on the first example is wrong its +3 not +3
15zfetten3 years ago
I don't get it is it higher + or the low- that is better for your winning odds.
mg0930mg7 years ago
I would suggest putting a warning. They can beat you to a bloody pulp, in casinos. (Watch 21, or read the book.)
6 years ago
but that is a movie, not real life... they still might.
6 years ago
Actually it is real life. It is the true life story about the six M.I.T. Students. :)
5 years ago
The count goes back to zero when the deck is shuffled. Just to let you know.
5 years ago
I actually know one of the students on the team. He lives here in Jacksonville, FL.
6 years ago
oh... yeah but like I said, they probably will beat you
7 years ago
A warning in the intro, excuse me.
M4industries5 years ago
Ever seen 21?

Ben Campbell got BEAT DOWN.
PyroMonger5 years ago
how do u manage to count cards if u you can't see all the other player's cards?
thatkidwithayoyo (author)  PyroMonger5 years ago
In blackjack, everyone's cards but the dealer's are face up. The dealer shows one card.
5 years ago
ive never played blackjack like that...i always hide my cards....it would be stupid to play while everyone can see your cards...then you cant bluff...it seems silly to me but it's not the first time i've been playing a game wrong and didn't know
thatkidwithayoyo (author)  PyroMonger5 years ago
Blackjack is traditionally an "against-the-house" game and the only hand that matters besides your own is the dealer's.
5 years ago
Aaah...now I'm definitely on the same page as you. Thanks for that info
yallrfags7 years ago
thank you soooo much i and im sure many others really appreciate this my whole life ive been told that im amazing at math and blah blah blah and i can figure out all the %of each card when playing hold'em and all kinds of stuff and finally i can kick some people's butts at blackjack now too... a while back i figured out the basic concept of the dealer bust and everything but this really helps i have no clue where i was going with this whole comment but i guess im really excited about this
Alexizupinhea7 years ago
Thanx SOO much!!!!! I'm only 15 but hopefully blackjack will still be around when I grow up... and by then I'll be a PRO!
loganbell7 years ago
GREAT! thanks for the instructable, a tip: when betting in a casino and you think you are being watched, make a bad play or something, but don't make eye contact and then get up and leave as you my seem suspicious, don't always win, counting isn't illegal, but ...