Counting cards at Black Jack is a learned skill and frowned upon by casinos. In fact if they think you are doing this and winning they may bar you from playing Black Jack in their facility. What is card counting and why are the casinos leery of players who can count cards? There is no way this could be considered cheating, but a player who is good at this method is treated like a cheater.
The reason the player is feared who can do this with skill and discipline is simple. It puts the odds in the player’s favor. The house edge in the game is destroyed when the deck is rich in face cards. The odds for the rest of the shoe will remain with the player to win more bets than the dealer due to the fact that he can wave off hitting a card on a break hand. The dealer must hit any hand lower than soft 17(ace and a six). A rich shoe in face cards means the dealer has a higher chance of busting their hand.
There are several good books on this method of play, which are easily found on the Internet or in any bookstore for gamblers. The idea is to count the shoe down by keeping track of the cards as the dealer shows them. You know how many face cards are in a six-deck shoe and how many cards are under six not counting the aces. When the low cards are at minimum and the high cards have a numerical advantage the shoe favors the player. How out of line the shoe is in high versus low cards will determine how much the shoe favors the player. When this situation is present, the player raises the size of the bets. One of the ways the card counters have defeated detection is to have another player on their team actually make weird bets, but always increasing them when the shoe is favorable. One team even used a team member with the alias of the mad bomber to show up at an advantaged table, make a few bets and leave. This team used this ploy for a long time before they got caught.
Card counting was terrific, when the casinos dealt a lot of single deck games. The shoe dealing has made card counting much harder to do effectively. If you are willing to take the time to learn this method of play, be advised that if you are good at it you will be caught eventually, but up until that time it is possible to win consistently.
By Adel Awwad