More than likely you have heard about Card Counting before. But do you really know what it is and how it works?

When most people hear about card counting they imagine someone remembering every card that has been played and then drawing a conclusion on the next card. So a card counter would need to have a photographic memory or use some other method of help. That is NOT how card counting works, quite frankly it is almost impossible.

You probably will be surprised to learn that card counting is for the most part straightforward. All it involves is simple adding and subtracting of numbers. The idea is to determine whether or not the deck(s) still contains a lot of 10 valued cards such as jack, king, etc. A game, which still has a high content of 10 valued cards generally, favors the player. On the other hand, a game with a lot of low value cards generally favors the dealer. Therefore in a game with


a lot of high valued cards you would increase your bet

a lot of low valued cards you would decrease your bet

Why are 10 valued cards so important for the player? Just consider this:

On a poor hand (12-16) you have the option of not drawing when the deck is stacked with 10s, but the dealer must draw with anything 16 and below.

On a hand totaling 9, 10, or 11 you have the option to double 789bet login down. A great idea on a deck stacked with 10s. There is of course no advantage for the dealer.

You are paid 3-2 for a blackjack. The dealer just wins. You have higher odds of getting a blackjack on a deck stacked with 10s.

Now that you have learned the general concept of card counting there are many different methods, which help you determine if a deck is stacked with 10s. We will give you a few methods here on Blackjack Heaven.

Blackjack Tips

On this page we provide some basic tips on how to succeed in Blackjack. It is always best to play Basic Strategy. However, if you don’t want to check into the strategy chart, every time before making a move you can use these basic guidelines. If you are completely new to Blackjack and you are looking for the basic rules please click here.

Take a card on 16 or lower because you can’t win unless the dealer bust.

But stand anyway if the dealer shows a 4,5, or 6 because he his more likely to bust

“Doubling down” involves doubling your wager and getting one more card when you feel strongly that you will beat the dealer when doing so.

Always split 8’s or 7’s against a dealer’s card of equal or lower value.

Always split 2’s or 3’s against a 4, 5, or 6.

Always split aces.

Never split face cards, 10’s, or 5’s.