This Website Can Teach You to Count Cards Like an MIT Math Genius

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It turns out you don’t need to be an idiot savant like Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man, or an MIT mathematics prodigy in order to count cards. There’s a relatively simple approach that can give you a slight advantage over the dealer when playing Blackjack, and this site can help you master it.

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You’ve probably assumed that since you can barely remember your telephone number, memorizing every card that has been dealt from a deck is an impossible task. But that’s not how this approach to card counting works. Based on the face value of each card you see in play, you simply keep a +1 or -1 tally in your head. As a game progresses, that number, whether it ends up positive or negative, gives you a good idea if the remaining cards will work in your favor, or the dealer’s.

If it still sounds complicated, you should really just head on over to this site and try it out. It explains in more detail how and why this technique works, and lets you test your card counting skills against a computer dealer.

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At set intervals the site will quiz you on the running count, and over time you can adjust how quickly the interactive trainer deals cards, since the dealer in a real casino isn’t going to stop and wait for you to check your math in your head.

Don’t expect to walk into a casino and clean up at every Blackjack table after mastering this technique, though. There is still an element of randomness to the game, this just helps give you a slight advantage if you know how to play the game, and bet properly.

[Sharpen Your Card Counting Skills]


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DISCUSSION

It’s been a while since I read the book, but I think this is exactly the system the MIT bunch used. The problem is it actually takes a team of players. You need someone running small bets at tables to feel out the shoes before calling in the high roller at the right time to place a couple of big bets.

I mean, if you’re playing two dollar Black Jack and can dedicate a good couple of hours to it, I guess it can work. But it will also become pretty obvious if you are steadily making minimum bets right up until the moment you crush the house for a couple of hands and then go back to minimum bets. You will be asked to leave.