The Hi-Lo card counting playing strategy used in blackjack is the most popular winning strategy and it involves estimating or anticipating the value of the dealer’s card through elimination. This means that the player can be in control of the game knowing where it is headed and can place bets based on expected outcome. To use this technique, you need to have mastery of numbers, quick judgment and a knack for quick calculations. Here are the steps to using the Hi-Lo blackjack card counting system.
a) Learn the values of the cards and track the ratio of high to low cards to know when the deck is in your favor and when it is not. You will assign the cards values of +1 for 2 to 6, 0 for cards 7 to 9 and -1 for cards with value 10.
b) When you play a game of blackjack, increase your bets when the count is +2 and higher. When the count is high, it means that you have a winning advantage but remember that keeping track of the numbers is the most essential thing.
c) Practice card counting every time you play a game of blackjack, it is only through card counting that you can perfect the strategy and even reduce the effort you keep in the count. Since card counting is about remembering the tally, your memory of numbers should come in handy.
d) Because most casinos today don’t work with a single deck, expect your count to be affected by it. To determine the true count, divide your running count by the number of decks awaiting to be dealt e.g. +4/2 gives you +2.
e) Once you get every part right, practice in a noisy environment or practice with distractions to simulate a busy and tense casino environment to be in good shape when the time to win the millions come.