Three Ways to Begin Practicing Your Blackjack Card Counting Strategy

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If you want to start counting cards while playing blackjack, you’ve come to the right place to learn how to practice. In this blog, I’ll showcase three easy ways you can begin practicing your card counting after you’ve chosen the system that works best for you.

But if you’re completely brand new to card counting for blackjack, I’d highly suggest you get a grasp of the basics elsewhere first. For the remainder of this blog, I’m going to assume that you’ve already selected one of many popular card counting systems.

To explore all of your options, feel free check out our page about blackjack card counting systems. Once you’ve got that settled, return here to learn how you can start practicing your selected method today.

In this blog, I’ll cover three steps that will help you become an expert card counter:

  • Deal to Yourself
  • Enlist the Help of a Friend
  • Head to Your Local Casino

Keep scrolling to read about the steps you can take to begin your practice.

Deal to Yourself

If you’re ready to begin practicing the blackjack card counting method you’ve selected, the easiest way to begin is by dealing cards to yourself. With this, you don’t need to travel anywhere or to have anyone else assist you.

To start, grab a full deck of cards and shuffle them. Then, deal one card face up at a time. For each card, assign it the proper value based on the card counting system you’ve selected. Then, deal another.

You’ll repeat this process and work to have the running count happen in your head. I’d suggest doing this for a significant amount of time to get yourself used to doing the math quickly and discreetly.

Once you start to get the hang of things, I’d urge you to introduce some distraction into the equation to better prepare you for counting in a real casino. The easiest way to do this is to turn on the television or a radio in the background while you practice your blackjack card counting.

If you want to step things up, consider turning on the tv and the radio at once to create conflicting noises within your surroundings. Continue counting cards quickly and work to tune out all of the distractions happening in the room.

Enlist the Help of a Friend

After you feel like you’ve got a good hang of things while counting cards to yourself, you’ll want to enlist the help of a good friend. Your friend can help with two different areas of your blackjack card counting practice.

The first way is by doing the dealing for you. Up until this point, you’ve been dealing to yourself while trying to practice your blackjack card counting. However, with their help, you can focus more on your counting efforts instead of working to deal cards out, too.

When you’re ready, don’t forget to introduce distractions like having your friend talk or turn on the television in the background.

In addition to helping with the dealing side of things, your friend can also provide you with feedback about your physical tells. In many cases, dealers in real-life casinos eventually catch on to card counters who are giving off some sort of physical tell.

As you work with your friend on your card counting practice at home, have them carefully observe you to see if you’re giving off any potential tells. Samples of tells they can be on the lookout for are you mouthing your count, concentrating hard, or doing anything odd with your hands. While you might not realize it, there’s a decent chance you may be giving off tells that your friend can pick up on.

If your friend can pinpoint any observations, be sure to work on them before trying to count cards in blackjack at a brick and mortar casino for real money. It may take a little work, but it’s worth it to try and conceal anything which may tip the dealer off that you’re counting cards.

Head to Your Local Casino

Finally, the last way you can begin practicing your blackjack card counting today is by heading to your local brick and mortar casino. What’s excellent about practicing in a physical casino is all the distractions you’ll have to deal with.

Up until this point, if you’ve only practiced at home, you’ve been in a relatively controlled environment without too many distractions happening.

However, in a real-life casino, there are tons of noises, lights, people, and smells to potentially distract you. By practicing in this environment, you’ll train yourself to tune all those things out and focus on your card counting.

Once you’ve arrived at the casino, select a blackjack table. You’ll need one with a few players to provide yourself with some options.

After you’ve selected the table, choose a player to act as “you.” Stand behind this person to observe and do the card counting in your head as if you were the one playing their hand.

Your goal is to practice your selected blackjack card counting method in your head. As cards are dealt, do the counting in your head then determine what move you would make when it’s your player’s turn. Compare what you think they should have done to what they did then measure the outcomes.

You’ll want to continue practicing your blackjack card counting in a physical casino until you’re confident in your ability to count no matter what distractions are happening around you. Then, once you’re ready to begin betting real money, remember to start with lower stakes to ensure you’ve got everything dialed in entirely before moving on to more significant stakes.

Wrap Up

Thanks for stopping by to check out this blog about practicing blackjack card counting. If you’d like some other ways to increase your understanding and skills of the game, check out this ultimate blackjack guide to learn everything you need to know. In it, you’ll have access to terminology, strategy guides, and so much more. Good luck with your future blackjack card counting adventures!

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for since early 2016. ...

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