How to Count Cards

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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.

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    Great post thank you very much!

    it is the useful information!

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

    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?

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    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.

    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...

    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.

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    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

    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.

    but it isn't illegal... they can kick you out (casinos are private property), but they can't have you arrested.

    Casinos can only kick you out in states that have voted to make casinos private property (e.g. Arizona). In most other places like Atlantic City they can only change dealers more often, add decks to the shoe, etc. also, they can ask you to stop playing. That is all.

    Or beat you o a bloody pulp... Watch 21 or read raising the house( i think) It is a true story about a few mit students who cheated at 21 in vegas.

    it is not cheating, you would have to alter the outcome of the game using sleight of hand or a machine of some sort

    yep it is cheating and also illegal to do so in a game in which you are making money....you technically could be arrested but...not on the casino grounds anyways

    It is not illegal at all. Casinos will only kick the crap out of you with their bouncers and then kick you off of the property and red-flag you to every other casino in Vegas. So it's not illegal, just a bad idea to not keep it a secret. Also, it is not cheating. View AngusNotSoYoung's comment above.