CARD COUNTING: THE BASICS

CARD COUNTING: THE BASICS

Contrary to popular belief, card counting is not memorising what cards have been dealt so that you can work out what cards are left in the deck(s). To begin with, unless you’re Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, you can’t keep track of what’s been dealt from six decks of cards. On top of this, only four or five of the decks are actually dealt before a reshuffle.
In short there is no certainty, BUT there are ways to estimate the ratio of cards left in the deck.
If there are a lot of lower cards, say 6s and below in a deck, then your play should start to change. To maximise your chances you will hit more often, but double down play free casino games on facebook
and split less. The dealer’s chance of busting is also greatly reduced.
In a deck with a lot of 10s left, the opposite happens.
Card counting involves attributing points to the various cards you see and keeping a running total. For instance, you score -2 for a 10, -1 for a 9, 0 for an 8, +1 for a 7 and +2 for a 6 etc. Every card you see, you add or subtract from the score to give you a positive or negative number.
This is your count total. You then divide the total by the estimated number of decks left to deal. For example, if the count is running at -12 with roughly two decks of cards remaining to be dealt, then the true count is -6. This means that there are a significant number of smaller cards left in relation to the 10s. Therefore, your playing and betting strategy should change.
It sounds simple, but it’s fiendishly difficult to accomplish in a busy casino environment.

ROULETTE

Roulette is simple to learn and play and is therefore one of the most popular

games – you don’t have to think about odds, you can’t affect the final outcome and if you win you’re just lucky and not a tactical genius. As the game offers a wide range of bets, from single number (paying out at 35/1) to straight even bets such as odd/even, black /red high/low (which pay out Evens), you do have to manage your money.

Are you there for fun or to win?

Never forget that the longer you play, the more the certainty of you gradually reducing your play money – albeit at a small amount per spin. So, if you put all of your gaming money on a single number on the first spin of the roulette wheel, you statistically have a better chance of winning than if you eke it all out over an hour. No-one actually does this in practice as it makes for rather a short evening’s entertainment if you lose. You pays your money and you takes your choice – are you there for fun or to win?

Generally the house advantage is 2.7% for UK roulette and 5.26% for its US counterpart, which has an extra zero. So, if you want to increase your odds and have the choice, always play with a single zero wheel. If playing American roulette, avoid the single bet covering 00, 0, 1, 2 and 3 (known as a five bet) which pays out 6/1 – effectively giving the house a big 7.9% advantage.

Finally, don’t try to predict the numbers based on those that have come up before. If the last six numbers were all red, the chance of it being black the next time is still 50-50. Those pop-ups on your PC offering foolproof roulette systems are scams.

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