Card counting is one of the most popularized skills for playing blackjack. It has been burned into popular culture thanks to movies like ‘Rain Man’ and ’21.’ Often times people have heard of card counting and know it has something to do with gambling and card games, but many do not know exactly what card counting is. But there are some things that the up and coming online blackjack player should know about this extremely popular blackjack skill.
For starters and for those who are just getting their feet wet with online blackjack play, card counting is a skill that blackjack players use in land casinos to help tilt the odds in their favor. This skill employs a counting system of some variety of another; some are more complex and others are very simple. Good card counting requires hours of practice in order to keep the count and do the math in your heard without any outward sign of what you are doing among the distractions of a casino floor. The purpose of card counting is for the blackjack player to know whether or not the remainder of the unplayed cards are rich in cards that favor the player, such as 10’s, face cards and Aces. When the count indicates that the cards are there the player will increase his wager in order to win more from the house.
Sound like a pretty neat trick, right? But this is a skill that must be done without the casino staff detecting that you are counting. While card counting is not illegal by any law, casino very much frown on it and will throw players out of casinos and even ban them for using it.
So what does this have to do with online blackjack? Well for starters I can tell you that you have no worry about getting caught counting cards in online blackjack and banned from an online casino for it. You do not have to worry because there is no physical casino to be thrown out of. The reason that online blackjack players do not have to worry about being thrown out of an online casino for card counting is because card counting cannot be used in online blackjack.
The thing that makes card counting possible is that cards are discarded from play once a round is over. In online blackjack, because of the Random Number Generator (RNG), there is an effect as if none of the cards are discarded. When a new round begins and the player clicks ‘deal,’ the RNG will pull a starting hand from all possible starting hands; no cards are excluded from the possibilities. Because none of the cards are excluded and any starting hand is possible at the beginning of each round, it has the effect as if none of the cards had been discarded. With no cards discarded, card counting becomes futile.
So even at the best online casinos card counting cannot be used. It is not the fault of the online casinos, but in the nature and programming of online blackjack. Instead online blackjack players should focus on using basic strategy, the math and odds of the game and their betting strategies to make the most out of their potential to win in online blackjack.