What is 'Card Counting'?
Card counting is a term used to describe an advantage card game
strategy, particularly common in blackjack, where a player attempts to determine if the next hand will give an advantage to the player or to the house
. The “card counter” aims to keep a tally of all high and low-value cards, to make higher or lower wagers based on the perceived level of risk. Contrary to popular belief, there are no laws against card counting, as long as there is no one else enabling or working with the card counter.
'Card Counting' Explained
Card counting, also known as “card-reading”, usually refers to advantage players who will try to get an edge over the “house” by keeping a running tally of card values as they are played. They try to obtain a sufficient count on the number, distribution and high-card location of cards in order to give themselves an advantage.The most commonly known card counting systems are based on the truth that high cards will benefit the player more than the dealer
, while low cards will hurt the player and benefit the dealer. For example, a player's probability of hitting a natural blackjack will be increased if there are more 10s and aces within a deck.Despite what many people believe, you do not need to have exceptional mental or mathematical abilities to successfully count cards and there is no memorising of cards or numbers involved. Instead, card counters use a points scoring system and keep a running tally in their mind.Although not technically illegal, casinos
do everything in their power to try and stop card counters from entering their establishment, including intimidation and barring those who they believe to be card counters.