that, I always begin my count off the top of a new
pack at "100". When that 9 was the first
card out, my running count would go to "99",
(meaning negative 1). Now, when those same next
six cards were played, my count would run: 101,
99, 100, 101, 99, 98
I simply count forward and backward from 100. I
never have to fool with "minuses" and
there's no risk of accidentally changing signs between
hands. This has been my method for twenty-five years.
I find it to be smoother and less error-prone. Just
be aware that a count of "92" really means
"-8"! In multi-deck play, the running
count will sometimes get very far from "even".
When this happens, you need to be comfortable with
the idea that a count of
is actually "-32". But don't worry, even
with eight decks you will hardly ever reach the
ambiguous count of "50" in either direction.
After a short while, you'll feel comfortable dropping
the "hundred" off a "one-o four"
count, and simply count "4, 3, 2, l, 0, 99,
98, etc.". If you don't think this is easier,
then stick to the conventional method of starting
at "zero" and going into minus running
counts. But either way, you must be able to count
down a full single deck in 30 seconds maximum, or
you're not ready.