What makes black jack far more interesting than a lot of other comparable games is the reality that it offers a mix of chance with elements of skill and decision-making. Plus, the aura of "card counting" that lets a gambler turn the odds of a casino game in his favor, makes the game far more alluring.

What is card counting?: When a player says he is counting cards, does that mean he is basically holding track of every card played? And do you have to become numerically suave to be a successful card counter? The answer to both questions is "No".

Actually, you aren’t counting and memorizing particular cards. Rather, you might be holding track of sure cards, or all cards as the case may be, as they leave the black jack deck (dealt) to formulate one particular ratio number that signifies the composition of the outstanding deck. You happen to be assigning a heuristic stage score to every card in the deck and then tracking the value score, which is called the "count".

Card counting is dependent around the presumption that great cards are good for the player although low cards are very good for the croupier. There is no one process for card counting – unique techniques assign different point values to various cards.

The High-Low Count: This is one of the most common systems. According to the Hi-Lo process, the cards numbered 2 through six are counted as plusone and all tens (which consist of tens, J’s, queens and kings) and aces are counted as -1. The cards seven, eight, and 9 are assigned a count of zero.

The previous explanation of the High-Low process exemplifies a "level 1" counting system. You will find other counting programs, known as "level two" techniques, that assign plus2 and minustwo counts to particular cards. On the face of it, this process appears to provide further accuracy. On the other hand, specialists agree that this extra accuracy is countered by the greater difficulty of holding count and the increased likelihood of making a mistake.

The "K-O" Technique: The "K-O" System follows an out of balance counting system. The points are the same as the High-Low technique, with the addition of seven’s also being counted as plusone. A common unbalanced counting technique is designed to eliminate the need to take into account the effect that a number of decks have around the level count. This several deck issue, incidentally, demands a procedure of division – something that most players have problems with. The "K-O" rely was made common by the book "Knock-Out Blackjack" by Ken Fuchs and Olaf Vancura.

Although it might seem to be a humungous task to learn how you can track cards, the returns, in terms of time invested, are well worth the effort. It is a recognized reality that efficient card counting gives an "unfair benefit," so to say, to the twenty-one player. There’s practically no known defense against card counting.

Warning: But do remember, that though card counting isn’t against the law in any state or country, betting houses have the appropriate to bar card counters from their establishments. So do not be a clear card counter!