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Card Counting and Blackjack Tournaments

Card counting is touted as one of the best methods of reducing the house edge in Blackjack. It is, in fact, a great method of making money in a live casino and is perfectly legal, though frowned upon. However, card counting is not the best strategy when it comes to blackjack tournament play.

Card counting is a method by which a player keeps track of the ratio of high cards to low cards that remain in the deck after the shuffle. As the ratio shows that there are more high cards in the deck the player bets more; as the ratio shows that there are more low cards in the deck the player reduces his bet to the minimum. However, it is important to note that it takes a while for the count to get high. The card counter must keep count over a pretty substantial number of hands before he can be confident that there are a lot of high, or a lot of low, cards in the deck.

Blackjack tournaments take place over rounds. Each round is limited to a specific number of hands, which is usually around 30 or even fewer. At the beginning of each hand the deck is reshuffled. Tournaments generally do not contain enough hands between shuffles to allow players to get a good enough count. As a result, it is better to use more solid strategies such as basic blackjack strategy in blackjack tournament play.

Additionally, as stated before card counting is frowned upon. Many casinos reserve the right to remove you from the premises, and the tournament, if you are suspected of counting cards. Therefore, your best bet is to stick to more surefire strategies than card counting if you are looking to advance in a blackjack tournament.