5 Card Counting Exercises Used By Blackjack Pros

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Lillie Mcguire
Posted on June 13, 2014 at 12:06pm

Ever wondered how the professional Blackjack players get to be so good? Well it mostly involves a lot of practice, but here are some tricks to get your off to a good start!  

1. Visualize the Cards

One mistake that many Blackjack newbies make is by thinking too much. A well-practiced Blackjack player will be able to see the card and update the running tally in their head. Novice players tend to waste too much times doing calculations whereas the pros just know the answer. The way they do this is by visualizing the number rather than repeating it in their heads. Simple but effective.  

2. Be Cool

If you’re counting cards you really need to be subtle about it or the Casinos will suspect something. Sure, it’s not illegal to count cards, but they don’t like it if they think you can beat the house – just look at what’s been happening to poor Ben Affleck recently! If you can keep your cool and even smooth talk the croupier then you’ll surely have them all fooled.  

3. Spotting Patterns

Visualising the cards increases the speed at which you are able to count and frees up your brain space for other tricks, such as spotting patterns within the cards. That way you’ll notice when you get back to the same place in a deck again as your brain will pick up that it’s seen a pattern before.  

4. Practice

Nothing can beat a bit of practice and the best place to start is online. Play some free games before you begin spending any money and in no time at all you’ll be a master.  

5. Pick a System

The Hi-Lo system is the perfect place to start as a beginner, but as you master than method you’ll want to move on to a technique that allows you to improve your edge even more, such as the Advance Omega II.