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Blackjack Card Counting

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Donnie Darko, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko Regular Member

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    I know the basics but I'm looking for a good book that gives insight on blackjack card counting and playing strategies to solidify my knowledge. Anyone have any suggestions and/or stories/experiences they may wanna share? I'm sure someone here has tried it before at a casino..
     
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    Watch the movie 21 or read the book, dunno if you have seen it but it's about a group of students from MIT that go to vegas on the weekends to count cards.
     
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    big shoes 8 Registered Member

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    don't waste your time, movies like 21 over exaggerate soooo much.

    Counting cards doesn't actually give you thatt much of an advantage, just a slight one and the only way to make a living out of it is to bet a lot at a time. You may aswell just do bh stuff it'll be easier in the end.
     
  4. eskimo

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    21 is based on a book called "Bringing down the house" by Ben Mezrich which is a true story
    The book is much better than the movie, not so "hollywood"

    Card counting pretty much doesn't work now days because casino's use 5 decks of cards (depending on the casino). It can still give you a slight advantage because you will know if there are more low cards or more high cards left in the deck, but casinos frown upon card counting and will kick you out if they think you are doing it

    Also, it's incredibly difficult to try count cards at a casino table, it is very fast moving and you will need loads of practice. Stick to blackhat rather
     
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    The book Bringing Down the House is non-fiction and one of the few books I know of where a professional card counter opened up to someone on the record. Definitely worth a read.

    Five, six, or even eight deck shoes are very common, but if you go to smaller casinos or go into big ones during off-times (like M-F during the normal workday, or on a Sunday morning when a lot of people are either in church or sleeping off their hangovers from gambling and drinking all night), you can find tables with two deck shoes.

    In general, a person probably has better odds of making money from BH/IM than from serious blackjack playing, but that's in general, and either can be very fun and mentally stimulating.
     
  6. Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko Regular Member

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    I do have access to casinos with double-deck games, and I'm not looking to make so much as to draw the loss prevention's attention to myself. I could easily rake in a couple hundred a day and fly under the radar.

    As for counting, I know it's hard but I'm already good at KO and Hi-Lo, however I have been reading a bit and it seems that AOII (by Bryce Carlson I believe) is proven way more effective backed up with simulations. It's a 2-level counting system but I'm sure I can master that too just by practicing.

    It's gonna be more of a hobby for me than making money really, but of course I wanna make some decent money on the side as well.
     
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