You Don’t Have to Count Cards to Win at Blackjack on Judi online. Let’s get real now: most Blackjack players will not have the patience or inclination to devote the hundreds of hours and thousands of hands it takes to become an expert card counter. If you’re one of these players (most of us are), you can still play with an edge against the house with a method we call counting for non-counters. This method was developed by Fred Renzey, a world-class professional poker and Blackjack player, and is named the Ace/Ten Front Count.
It’s the only method we’ve ever seen that allows much of the advantage of card counting at a fraction of the time and effort. Below is a recap of the Ace/Ten Front Count. For a complete explanation of the method and the reasoning behind it, read Mr. Renzeys Ace/Ten Front Count article. The abbreviated explanation below will then make more sense and can serve as a refresher for whenever you play. Mr. Renzey states that the Ace/Ten Front count can give you a .25% edge over the house. We tested it for ourselves, so please read our Ace/Ten Test Results and judge for yourself if you think it’s worth the time to learn (hint: it is!).
At the beginning of a new shoe, bet one unit on all hands and use Basic Strategy. Keep a running count of how many Aces and ten-count cards have been dealt (10s, Jacks, Queens, Kings), but only for the first two decks dealt. After two decks are dealt, stop counting Aces and Tens. Your next action depends on the Ace-Ten count, as follows: If the Ace/Ten count is 40 or higher Stop playing! Go to another table and start afresh shoes. If the Ace/Ten count is 37-39 Continue playing using Basic Strategy and one-unit bets and finish the shoe. If the Ace/Ten count is 35 or 36 Bet two units the rest of the way and makes the following adjustments to Basic Strategy:
DOUBLE w/ 9 vs. 2
DOUBLE w/ 11 vs. Ace
STAND w/ 16 vs. 10
DOUBLE w/ Ace/8 vs. 5
DOUBLE w/ Ace/8 vs. 6
If the Ace/Ten count is 33 or 34 Bet four units the rest of the way through and makes the following additional adjustments to Basic Strategy (in addition to the ones above): If the Ace/Ten count is 32 or lower Bet six units the rest of the way through and make the following adjustments to Basic Strategy (in addition to all the ones above):
DOUBLE w/ 9 vs. 7
STAND w/ 12 vs. 2
TAKE INSURANCE After you’ve reviewed the Ace/Ten Front count, you may want to purchase the book from which it was taken – Blackjack Bluebook II. It explains the method in even greater detail, along with much other advice about how to increase your odds of winning by using counting methods that don’t require actual card counting. It’s one of the best all-around books on Blackjack on the market.
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