While there are a couple other ways to be a successful blackjack player, which I cover in the next section, the most common path is to count cards. It not actually that hard to learn, but most players don’t even try because they can do it. The fact is that anyone who can learn about the blackjack rules variations and memorize basic strategy has the skills to count cards. It just takes some work.
Here’s a quick tutorial to help you get started counting cards
The first thing you need to do is choose a strong counting system that’s not too hard to learn. Card counting systems are often classified by levels, based on the maximum amount you have to add or subtract to a running count. A level-one system requires adding and subtracting one from a running count, and a level- two system requires adding or subtracting one or two from a running count. You can find several good level-one systems, so I suggest starting with one of them.
The power of card counting comes from keeping track of the ratio of high and low cards remaining in the shoe or deck. You keep track of this ratio by tracking the cards that have been played. When low cards are played, you add to a running count, and when high cards are played, you subtract from a running count. As the count gets higher, the edge moves more in your favor. When the count gets lower, the edge moves in the casino’s favor. The most popular card counting system is the hi lo. It’s a good system, and if you decide to use it, you can learn it as easily as most systems, and it’s powerful enough to use for the rest of your life. I recommend the system developed by Arnold Snyder called the Red 7 system.