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Card Counting is a strategy focusing on high cards. Basically, you must keep track of the proportion of high to low cards in the game. This technique is usually utilized in blackjack. However, there are related techniques that can be applied to other card games, such as bridge.

Basic card counting technique involves giving each card a point score, and then keeping track of the sum of the card scores as dealing continues. Keep in mind that you will not be trying to remember all the individual cards, so basic card counting technique is not as hard as it seems. Card counting is easier than it has been portrayed to be in some popular movies, and you do not need to be some kind of genius to learn how to do it.

The Hi-Lo counting system is one of the simplest and most popular ones among card counters. Every time a low card is dealt, you add a point to the total score. In a backwards kind of way, low cards are a good thing, because they mean that there are only high cards left to be dealt. High cards mean you decrease the point total, because you are running out of high cards in the remaining stack. Intermediate card values neither increase nor decrease the point total. In a manner of speaking, you are scoring the remaining cards, not necessarily the cards that are dealt.

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There is also a technique called Wonging, named after Stephen Wong, its inventor. Wong suggested observing a blackjack game, then entering it or “Wonging in” when the odds are in your favor to get high cards. Once the card deals reach a point when you no longer have good odds, you leave the game, or “Wong out.”

How Card Counting Stands in the Gambling World

The status of Card Counting is very ambiguous. It is not necessarily considered cheating, on par with practices like using loaded dice or having hidden cards on your person. However, many casinos do frown upon it, and have been known to throw out players who have been caught at it. This does seem unfair, since Card Counting is not an illegal practice. What gives casinos the right to throw people out, then? Remember that a casino is a private establishment. The owners do have a certain amount of leeway when it comes to removing “undesirable” people from the premises.

If you are really determined to try card counting at a live casino, do so at your own risk. Remember that many blackjack dealers are highly trained in detecting card counters. You will also have to worry about the casino’s surveillance systems.

Many casinos also structure their games to prevent the possibility of card counting. For example, many establishments do not allow participants to enter a game “mid-shoe,” which means that the technique of Wonging cannot work.

The situation, however, is quite different when it comes to playing blackjack online. There are no dealers or cameras watching you to ensure that you refrain from card counting. Should you choose to employ card counting tactics (insofar as that is possible in an online casino as opposed to a live one), you will not have to be careful to escape the watchful eyes of a dealer, or a person watching via security camera.

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