Blackjack: Enhancing Profits When Card Counting
by Henry Tamburin
This lesson begins with a question.
“I am using a card counting system to play blackjack. Although I’m
winning more then losing, I’d like to increase my profits. What’s the
best way to go about this?”
One obvious way that card counting can increase profits is just bet
But that is ill advised unless you also increase your bankroll.
you do not do the latter you will increase your risk of going broke in
the short term. This is the classic “Risk of Ruin” that has in fact
ruined many card counters. Therefore, increasing your bet size
without increasing your bankroll is not one of the ways I would
recommend to enhance profits.
There is a way, however, to increase your bets without any increase in
to get a trusting partner who would be willing to pool his bankroll
with yours and split the profits or losses. This teamwork
can be beneficial to all partners.
The depth of the
penetration or the percentage of cards dealt prior to the shuffle is
another important factor that can increase profit.
For example, a
6-deck game in which 75% of the cards are dealt before the dealer
reshuffles is much more profitable with card counting compared to one
in which only 50% of the cards are dealt.
The fact is that the latter example (50%) is not really worth a
In some casinos, dealers have some leeway in where they place the cut
card and hence the penetration.
around for dealers in a casino to see which ones are dealing the most
cards and that is the blackjack table you should be playing.
can also subscribe to publications that maintain current databases of
playing rules including penetration for blackjack games across the
Double deck games are often better for card counting.
Essentially a game with fewer decks has greater fluctuations in deck
compositions allowing more opportunities to have a favorable advantage
and increase bets.
For example, in a single deck game the counter
has the edge nearly 40% of the time, whereas in an 8-deck game it drops
to about 20%.
You can also enhance profits by not
staying when counting goes negative. One way to accomplish
to back count games then jump in and play when the count goes positive
and leave when the count goes negative. This way you are only making
bets when you have the edge.
Unfortunately, most casinos are
sensitive to players who jump in and out of games because they
understand that back counting is a tool used to enhance profits.
Therefore, they will post “No-Mid Shoe Entry” signs or limit a player
to betting only the table minimum when entering a game in the middle of
But this is not a universal policy and there are still
plenty of casinos online and off that allows players to enter in the
middle of the shoe and thus back counting can be used carefully to
Another way to enhance profits is to put on a good “act” that will
allow you longevity when you play blackjack.
you get barred from playing blackjack because of your skills, your
profit potential will essentially be zero. Therefore, it is important
you not give yourself away.
One of the beauties of the simple
counting system, Speed Count that I teach is that it behaves much
differently than traditional counting systems with built in camouflage
resulting in Speed Counters being able to play longer and win more.
I would suggest you do the following. Get yourself a blackjack software
program that will test your card counting skills. I say this because a
counter’s edge is very small and a few errors in keeping the count
could easily wipe out their edge.
Counting is followed by Basic Blackjack Errors
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