It is true that card counting is a way to eliminate the house edge in Blackjack and even slightly increase the odds in favor of the player, but there are many misconceptions about playing strategy that are much less accurate. Let’s take a look at a few.
Misconception n. 1: You must be a genius to count cards.
The truth is, despite your substantial knowledge, card counting is a relatively simple strategy. Basically, the count is determined by giving the cards a value of +1 or -1 to determine a continuous count. When the count turns favorable, players increase their bets to maximize their chances of taking advantage of the favorable odds. Most trustworthy card counters rely on simple strategies that minimize the chances of mistakes and keep money on track.
Misconception n. # 2: card counters never lose a hand
In most card counting movies, the star is shown winning hand after hand, constantly amassing a huge pile of cash. In fact, the benefit of card counting depends on a statistical advantage that could work out over time. Even the best card counters lose their share of hands at the tables. The difference, however, is that they have a better idea of when to place bigger bets that have the best chance of helping them overcome their losses.
Misconception No. 3: Casinos have a back room set up to physically handle the card counters.
Years ago this may have been true, but today’s casinos are big money companies that can’t afford the negative press. In fact, if a casino suspects that a player is counting cards, the most likely solutions are a quick combination of cards or the exclusion of the player from the casino. In any case, card counting is not illegal, and significant consequences other than being kicked out of your casino choice are less and less likely in modern gambling halls.