How to Count Cards

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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    34 Discussions

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    john henry
    john henry

    11 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

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    LeviL21
    LeviL21

    Reply 4 months ago

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

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    john henry
    john henry

    Reply 4 months 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..

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    PeterFish1982
    PeterFish1982

    3 years ago

    Great post thank you very much!

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    sweetapricot
    sweetapricot

    3 years ago

    it is the useful information!

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    JaguarS2
    JaguarS2

    4 years ago

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

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    lewishill63m
    lewishill63m

    4 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?

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    JadwinM
    JadwinM

    Reply 4 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.

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    greenwood99
    greenwood99

    5 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...

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    nukez28
    nukez28

    8 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.

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    Burge
    Burge

    Reply 7 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

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    Burge
    Burge

    7 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.

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    Foaly7
    Foaly7

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    the4est
    the4est

    10 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

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    the4est
    the4est

    10 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.

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    suzukisuv
    suzukisuv

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    danlab
    danlab

    Reply 10 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.

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    john henry
    john henry

    11 years ago on Introduction

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