cards, you must always begin off the top of a fresh
deck, or shoe. If you're playing against a single
deck, begin your count before you see the first
card with the number "18" in your mind.
That'll be your starting point. For other decks.............
:In double deck play; begin at "17"
:With four decks; begin at "14"
:With a six deck shoe; begin at "10"
:With eight decks; begin at "6"
This will be called your running count.
- every time a 4, 5, 6 or black deuce comes out,
add one point to your total. And with each face-card
that is dealt, subtract one point from your total.
Just ignore any 3's, 7's, 8's, 9's, 10-spots, Aces
or red deuces! Got that?
let's practice counting a few cards. You've just
taken a seat at a table where they're dealing from
a six deck shoe. The dealer is shuffling, so clear
your mind and pre-load your count by putting the
number "10" in your head. Place your minimum
bet (because the house always has the advantage
on the first hand off the top of a fresh shoe).
There are two other players at the table with you.
cards you count here are the Jack the 6, the 4 and
the dealer's 5. Ignore all the other ones even though
they may matter. They are not within the scope of
this "entry-level" count system. Your
running count would now be "12". Let's
say that the next three cards to get turned up were
all 8's to finish the hand -- leaving your running
count still at "12".
you would count the King, the Queen and the deuce
of spades to put your running count at "11".
Do not count the deuce of hearts or the 10! Three
consecutive 8's again were then exposed as the hands
played out to finish up this round. Okay now, you
tell me; after all the cards below came out on the
next couple of rounds, Look
carefully. If you didn't get a count of "14",
go back and check again. When you're playing, be
sure to notice every card that
gets turned up. Don't worry about missing the burn
card at the beginning of the deal, or one that may
get burned while the dealers are switched at your
table. It's not enough to make a significant difference.
Any burned card is in the same category as all those
behind the plastic cut-off card; unknown and theoretically