Blackjack- Should You Count Cards?

Written by Tom McBroom

If you are likerepparttar average, recreational Blackjack player, you may play Blackjack in a casino a few times per year and you want to play in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and have fun.

But atrepparttar 137309 same time, you don't want to play a game whererepparttar 137310 odds are greatly against you and you want a good chance of beatingrepparttar 137311 house on any given day. And you're willing to invest a reasonable amount of time learning to play properly.

Does this describe you? If so, you're not alone. About 99% of Blackjack players can very likely be described as "recreational" players. If you investrepparttar 137312 few hours it takes to lean Basic Strategy and good money management you will reducerepparttar 137313 casino's edge down to about a half percent. This isrepparttar 137314 closest to playing even with repparttar 137315 house that you'll find in any game inrepparttar 137316 casino.

However, for those of you for whom playing almost even withrepparttar 137317 house is not good enough and you wantrepparttar 137318 edge, you must become a card counter.

It is an irrefutable fact that you can have an advantage overrepparttar 137319 casino in Blackjack by counting cards. There are dozens of books this subject and card counting has been mathematically proven - literally thousands of times - as a method to more accurately determinerepparttar 137320 odds that your next hand will have favorable cards.

The long-term advantage gained by card counting is about 1%, versusrepparttar 137321 one half percent disadvantage from simply playing Basic Strategy.

So why isn't everyone a card counter and why are casino Blackjack profits at an all- time high and climbing?

Two reasons: * Casinos have maderepparttar 137322 playing conditions very difficult for card counters. * Becoming an expert card counter requires hundreds of hours of practice and a monstrous bankroll. Even then, a small lapse in concentration atrepparttar 137323 table will wipe outrepparttar 137324 small advantage gained by counting.

This does not mean there aren't professional Blackjack counters who make a living playing Blackjack - there are.

However, to be able to make a full time living by counting cards, you'll need to be able to dorepparttar 137325 following:

* Spend hundreds of hours, and play thousands of hands, to learn to count cards expertly, plus learnrepparttar 137326 many subtle variations to hitting and standing that vary withrepparttar 137327 count.

* Play 100 hours plus per month of actual table time, with average bets of $50 - $100. You can probably double this amount of time - or more - to allow for breaks, finding good tables, changing tables and casinos frequently, travel, etc.

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