Contrarian Thinking Strategies – Card Counting For ULJs

Card counting is for the most, an ordinary way of beating the house edge, which is always against the player. The house edge is defined as the hourly rate paid by the casino for playing. In plain words, the house edge is the amount the player loses in the long run when playing.

Card counting is the method of assigning numerical values to the cards played by the player in the game of blackjack. Each card has a value assigned to it. The system is designed so that a card counter can tell at a glance the remaining cards in the deck. This gives the player a clear idea of what cards remain in the deck, and he is able to increase his wager based on these numbers.

Card counting is usually practiced outside casinos, called dice-games. It is perfectly legal, but only in casinos where there are large enough rooms. Casino halls are generally limited in size, and a casino supervisor can easily spot card counters. There are also cheaters, and the idea of card counting being used in private parties without a state-licensing is virtually unheard of.

Card counting is not necessary, and not recommended. The player has to remember that, even with perfect blackjack hands, the cards dealt are not in his favor. The numbers on the table turn out to be random, and card counting does not increase the player’s chances of winning any money. It’s useless, and even though the house may pay some of the counters smaller tips, it’s still not worth it.

PHerson also wrote that card counting was unworkable in most casinos. He advised instead that the player should concentrate on the table, and try to maximize the earnings. Another book by Edward O. Thorp, a mathematics professor, further reinforced this idea. In his book Math and Magic, published in 1962, Thorpe discussed phenomenon that he called point spreading. In that book, published effects of dice settings at a Las Vegas casino, dice carrying an extra weight (a piece of ivory or plastic) that travel around the craps table have momentary pockets of higher or lower numbers. When a die is thrown, the crowned ( face of the die will almost always land on the number of the die’s travel State.

Las Vegas casinos game experts have not yet figured out a way to make use of this effect, but some betting games, including craps, are 17 or better, meaning that a die could as easily land on any number as any other. Blackjack, by comparison, is perhaps a 50-50 proposition, with or perhaps worse odds. Thorpe’s 1962 study was only possible in Las Vegas, where the casino houses had the right machines for making the die travel in an instant. However, the idea of compensating the player for the casino’s loss of money it spends on such a technique is not entirely impossible.

Computer simulations of a dice-setting machine admitted that the technique would be profitable if the number of coins the player threw was related to the calculated probability of the outcome of the roll. It is evident then that the casinos are counting on players themselves to maximize their rake.