## Introduction: How to Count Cards

In this instructable I'm going to teach you how to count cards to win at blackjack. Counting cards is a quick easy way to beat the dealer! This especially comes in handy on a trip to vegas, or anywhere else that they have casinos. Keep on reading to learn the tips and tricks for counting your cards when gambling.

## Step 1: Card Values

in counting cards, you add up card values to see what your odds are of getting a good hand. cards 2-6 have a value of +1, cards 7-9 have a value of 0, and 10-ace have a value of -1

## Step 2: Adding the Numbers

every time a card is layed down on the table, you add the number (either =1, 0, or -1) to all of the other numbers. try to bet when the card count is at higher than +3.

## Step 3: Multiple Decks

some dealers play with multiple decks in order to discourage card counters. however, if you know the number of decks, you divide the card count by the number, and that is the "true count"

## Step 4: Make Loads of Money!

now you can make loads of money! but remember, card counting isn't illegal, but casinos can still throw you off of their property if they suspect you.

## 34 Comments

Question 1 year ago on Step 2

I'm so lost! Please email me detailed instructions rstanesic3@gmail.com. please and thank you

13 years ago on Introduction

I bet A a hundred bucks the dealers do it at the casing and this is our best chance of beating them at there own game muhahahha

Reply 2 years ago

dealer would have no need to count he doesn't get.. He simply deals and hits a soft 17 or lower or stays..

Reply 2 years ago

who replies to an 11 year old comment?

I was in highschool when i wrote that. I dont even care about this card game anymore, or what i said in my comment either.

all the cells i had in my body at that time have been replaced. (takes 7-10 years)

so technically im not even the same person anymore. i just have the same identity..

5 years ago

Great post thank you very much!

6 years ago

I still don't understand, sometimes 8 decks and 4 person how to remember the cards?

6 years ago

So i'm quite new to counting cards, and i understand the counting of values of cards, but when these numbers add up what do they tell you?

Reply 6 years ago

Since the dealer has to draw up to 17, he is more likely to bust if there is a higher percentage of face cards (10, J, Q, K, A) to low cards (2-6).

Lets say your card count is 5 and you raise your bet proportional to your count.

The dealer shows a 16 (assuming the hidden card is 10) and you have a 12. Since it is more likely that the next card will be 10 (hence your card count), you would stand because the dealer's percentage to bust is higher.

Card counting basically uses probability as opposed to the traditional way of playing (assuming the hidden card is ten and hitting if you are below the dealers predicted total) to gain an advantage from a statistics standpoint.

7 years ago

Card counting is, under any circumstances, not cheating or illegal! All it card counting is about is understanding the possibilities of what cards may go down... It is not "allowed" in casinos as professional card counters can take high amounts away from casinos, causing them to lose money. But I guarantee the dealers count, hence how they make profit...

10 years ago on Introduction

oh gosh. most of you commenters have no knowledge at all in card counting. it is not illegal AT ALL! most casinos actually sell card counting charts in their GIFT SHOPS! the count VERY rarely gets higher than +10 and i mean very RARE. the movie 21 is a horrible interpretation of real card counting.

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

21 is a good representation due to the people looking for the rare rise that helps to find the table and there multiple decks at one table such as six can make the count go from 20 to a possibility of 120 also -120 but that is so in a casino it is possible to get that lucky number everyone is looking for

9 years ago on Introduction

21 is a good representation due to the people looking for the rare rise that helps to find the table and there multiple decks at one table such as six can make the count go from 20 to a possibility of 120 also -120 but that is so in a casino it is possible to get that lucky number everyone is looking for.

13 years ago on Introduction

What's the point?

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

Winning is the point. Or at least not losing to bad.

12 years ago on Introduction

true, the count does get that high, but keep in mind, they are playing with multiple decks, and (i haven't seen that in a while) if my memory is correct, that is not the true count. as far as how high is high enough, that depends on the risks you are willing to take. the higher the count, though, the better odds you have of winning

12 years ago on Introduction

once you have the true count, if it is a high enough number, then you bet big. be careful, though, because the more decks there are, the less accurate it will be.

12 years ago on Introduction

why is counting cheating. Thats weird. I would like to play this.

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

It isn't cheating, but the casinos want to make as much money as possible so they will throw you out if they catch you since it gives you a better chance of making money off them.

12 years ago on Step 4

i want that

13 years ago on Introduction

I meant casinsos not casing and did A make a trip to the bank for the money shot lol