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Armed with information gained from this quick table count, you can now adjust your play accordingly and thus be playing a little more like a professional.
For example, there are some basic strategy moves that are so close that they could go either way. If you are doing a table count, you have additional information that may indicate a change in what basic strategy says to do in certain of these close call situations.
To illustrate, let's take example of one of most dreaded hands in Blackjack: your 16 count versus dealers 10 up card. Basic strategy says to hit your 16 against a dealer's 10, but this is an extremely close call. You very badly need a 4 or 5 in order to tie or win if dealer also has a 10 card down.
So, using table count, here's what you do. If table count shows at least 6 more lows than highs, then stand on your 16 against a 10. A disproportionate amount of low cards have been dealt and this lowers your odds of getting a low card to point where you should now stand with your 16.
There are several more close calls with Basic Strategy that can be refined further with Basic Strategy Plus, as well as other decisions that can now be made more intelligently and these are explained in detail on author's web site.
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