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Card Counting Sitting quietly with shades on and a cigarette in his mouth the player at the green-carpeted table receives a 10 of spades Hit me 1 The dealer draws an ace Well that makes six a row you sure are on a roll As the player takes the cigarette out of his mouth to reply he is sternly tapped on his shoulder Sir Im going to have to ask you to leave The card player knows there is no point in fighting he gets up and leaves He wont be seeing that casino anymore for he has been put on the notorious Black List2 as a counter What is card counting Card counting is not rocket science no psychic powers are needed either It is tracking the relationship between high-value and low-value cards A card counter could also be called a probability analyst Low-value cards are good for the dealer why Well the dealer has to follow certain rules regarding hitting The dealer must hit if his count is below 17 Card counting allows the player to know when there are more high cards than low left in the decks so they can raise their bet accordingly They now have an advantage over the house 1Hit - To get another card from the dealer 2Black List - List that ceases people from entering any casino How is it done There are many systems used to count cards For this example we will use the High-Low1 method which is most widely used In High-Low the 2-6 cards are valued at 1 and the 10s through Aces are counted as -1 Note that there are the same amount in each group 23456 and 10JQKA The 78 and 9 cards are neutral While training it is good to not even notice the neutral cards for they have no effect on the count The low cards good for the dealer are given a
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