Top Card Counting Exercises - Learn Card Counting, Fast
Card counting requires time and practice, but there are tricks to speed up the process. Mr Blackjack shares his top exercises for learning how to count cards quickly.
When you're first learning to count cards, don't rush to the nearest casino and drain your bankroll. There are several exercises you can do at home for free first that let you practice this skill and improve quickly.
Grab a deck of cards and flip the cards one by one and keep the count. When you get to the end you will also be at 0.
Once you can master this faster and faster, you can move on to live situational practice.
Start by watching blackjack videos so you see action in full time, or refer to the OnlineGambling.com card counting practice area to sharpen your skills.
When you learn to count cards you must simplify the experience. One that I use is zero-sum elimination.
So if you see a 10 and a five together you don’t even look at it because it’s a -1 and a +1. You want to eliminate any hands that cancel each other out to keep track of the rest of the cards.
Similarly, you need to also glance over any hands that combine 0 sum cards like 7-8-9. These hands should also be eliminated.
If you apply this approach to your games, you will be able to look at a five-player blackjack table and quickly establish a running count.
The main takeaway for anyone learning card counting is to practice. It takes time to build these skills and turn them into reflexes.
Refer back to OnlineGambling.com to practice blackjack card counting so you can sharpen your skills. There is no substitute for practice. If you can’t do it in practice, don’t even try doing it live.
What this lesson covers
- Simple exercises to improve counting
- Tricks to shorten the card counting process
- Tools to help you practice card counting
Meet Mr Blackjack
With a career spanning two decades, Mathieu Blake knows his way around a blackjack table. He's taught and entertained over 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel NeverSplit10's . In this series he'll take you through basic strategy, card counting, and bankroll management. Take a seat with Mr Blackjack and become a winning player.
- How do you practice counting cards?
You can practice card counting by going through a deck of cards, by using the games in our Free Blackjack arcade. There are also several blackjack apps available that can train you in card counting too.
- How long does it take to master card counting?
It depends on your aptitude and the amount of time you can devote towards mastering card counting. For many players though, it takes them months to learn how to count cards in blackjack.
- Can I learn to count cards without spending money at the casino?
We recommend any serious players perfect their card counting and strategy skills on free games and apps first before playing for real money. Season six on card counting in Blackjack Academy covers the essentials you need to learn for this skill.
- Can any blackjack player learn to count cards?
Card counting requires a good memory and speedy sums, not to mention time and patience to master this skill. While any player can theoretically train themselves with enough dedication and focus, some players might find the process tedious or the rewards too small for the effort required.
- Can you count cards in other casino games?
Baccarat is another casino game that players can use card counting on to identify when they have the advantage.
- Does it matter whether I practice on single-deck or multi-deck games?
We recommend practicing with multi-deck games, as this gives you more practice determining the true count and deck estimation.
- What mistakes should I avoid when practicing card counting?
The biggest mistake most players make is trying to count at the casino before they’re ready. Long pauses, struggling to hold a conversation, and lack of emotion are all signs of new card counters that casinos pick up on.