Several card counting tips for a live croupier blackjack

It doesn’t matter if you are a newcomer or an experienced gambler - you’ve definitely heard of card counting in a live croupier blackjack. Our team has created a detailed guidance on this topic which will help you to know more about that practice. Nevertheless, it may be extremely useful once you prefer gambling for real funds in a live croupier blackjack.

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Ridwan Widjaja


The definition of card counting

It’s very essential to start learning the card counting basics from the simplest things and only right after that to try card counting in practice during the blackjack session. Have you ever recognized that the casino edge in such a game is actually imperceptible? This means that by following a strategy and being careful the gambler gets the excellent odds to win a generous payout after several sessions. Blackjack is literally the sole table game which gives the gamblers such excellent odds so that’s why the card counters truly adore the blackjack titles. 

To say briefly, the card counting means keeping the score of cards which were dealt by the croupier. So gambling in such a way keeps the player acknowledged about the likelihood of cards that may appear in the dealer’s or the other gambler’s hand. With such essential information you are able to decide on the precise amount you're betting - will it be small or large? Once you’ve recognized that there are high-number or low-number cards in the deck then you have less chances to come to 21 points as well as the croupier has less chances of going bust. Once there are several high-numbered cards which are left in the deck then such a situation  indicates an opportunity of  successful outcome. Frankly speaking, while you will be counting cards don’t expect your winning chances to increase somehow, but keep in mind the fact that it can bring you some profit anyway. 

Counting cards practice

Speaking about the real funds play with the involvement of real live croupiers how can we understand that such practice is actually a good thing? We’re happy to familiarize  you with various strategies of the counting cards practice. For instance, the Hi-Lo system is the easiest and most prominent for the newcomers to get into. It’s important to take a brief look at the various types of card counting which are being used since the game of blackjack was invented. 

High - Low (or Hi-Lo) - one of the trendiest card counting practices was invented in 1963 by an american mathematician Harvey Dubner. The main sense is rather uncomplicated - once there are high-valued cards which are left in the card deck then the gambler has pretty good winning chances. Harvey Dubner was exploiting several straightforward calculations so as to determine low or high-valued rates of the cards. These simple practices became very useful in case you want to track your progress at any moment of the play. 

Kiss - this strange card counting practice resolves in counting pictured cards and the cards with the numbers from 3 to 6.  For instance, while there’s a black 2 dealt then the gambler needs to add 1 point to his running count but while there’s a red 2 then the gambler adds 0 to his running count. Such uncomplicated practice gives the gambler a chance to weed out the stage when the true counts are calculated so as to make the remaining cards’ determining much smoother. The main feature of the system is that the count usually starts with only positive numbers so while the count gets to a particular point then the gamblers have more beneficial positions over the croupier. 

Red 7 - such a card counting practice appears to be a great solution for the newcomers. The method was created by a famous american gambler Arnold Snyder and was mentioned in his prominent book “Blackbelt in blackjack”. The running count starts from -2 considering every single deck in the play. The numbers from 2 to 6 (including the red 7) have the value of 1. The numbers from black 7 and to 9 have zero value while the high-valued cards from ted to ace have a negative -1 value. Keep in mind that while you are running a positive count that means that you have great winning odds and so that you are able to place a great stake. 

The Knock Out system - This original card counting method was invented in 1992 when it was described in the book by Olaf Vancura and Ken Fuchs. These two authors were claiming that it’s the easiest and the most efficient card counting method ever known (this method is also well-known as the All Sevens method). To begin with - not every single card is efficient in this method. The majority of cards has a value of 1 point which creates an unbalance considering the fact that the count starts from 0. The cards from 2 to 7 have a one point value, while 8 and 9 have the zero value and the cards from 10 to Ace are considered as -1 point. As in the KISS system, while the gambler gets more than 2 points then he has a great advantage over the dealer. The +4 points means the end of card counting. 

Silver Fox - such a card counting practice was first created by the famous gambler Ralph Stricker from Atlantic city. It’s similar to the previous card counting methods so the cards starting from 9 to ace have the -1 value while the cards from 2 to 7 have a 1 point value. It’s highly important to count every single hand so as to compare your chances with the others. Do your best and get the biggest outcome!

Wonging (Live croupier blackjack) - once you have gambled in a land based blackjack then you have probably seen a special sign above the table with the words “Mid shoe entry is prohibited”. Okay, what is it? Such a sign prevents the gambling table from those blackjack gamblers that apply the “Wonging” tactics which was presented by the author and gambler Stanford Wong. He used the count of Wong Halves  that assigned several positive and negative values to every single card (from -1 to +1,5).  What does it mean in practice? The gambler doesn’t enter the play until the card value comes to a positive count. The Wonging practice has two significant benefits - it’s rather hard for a dealer to guess your counting practice (unless he isn’t spreading the bet or counting the stake’s pattern) so the gambler starts aggressively participating in the play right after he enters. Moreover, the gambler never bets on the deck with negative value so he doesn’t need to put smaller stakes for the beginning while he waits for the positive-valued count. 

What about the online blackjack card counting?

Speaking about the online variations of the game - the card counting won’t work there, don’t even try! Everything is connected with the computer systems and other up to date mechanisms used in the online streaming. That means that the shoe is usually mixed up every time the croupier deals more than a half of the deck so in that case the card counting practice will be absolutely pointless. Of course, the gambler is able to track the cards while gambling in a live croupier blackjack, but in fact he’ll never know for sure has the deck been reshuffled. Yes, the modern live croupier gambling platforms involve various HD cameras live broadcasting all the actions on the gambling table but in fact to count cards there you need to be a super professional gambler who has a lot of skills and experience. Moreover, you’ll never know about the deck reshuffling. 

Don’t worry - card counting isn’t that what you call cheating or the other illegal stuff! You don’t influence the deck of cards, right? There’s no card marking or card swapping in order to increase your winning chances, so everything is absolutely legal. Nonetheless, the majority of the casinos still don’t like such a practice. The casino edge is still as low as possible so when the live casinos recognise the card counter they may ask him to leave the table, which is their  absolute right. 

Why is it essential to learn about this practice?

Even considering the fact that card counting isn’t actually working in online live croupier blackjack when played for real funds it still can be rather interesting to try out. Once you lack experience in this practice, don’t even try to count cards while gambling in a real life casino so the house may apply its rebounds once they spot you on counting. Yes, you don’t influence your winning chances so you don’t do anything illegal and can’t turn the game process in the more beneficial way for you. Nevertheless, it’s usually very interesting to know more about various techniques and then apply them in practice and then to draw up your personal style of gambling.