Counting cards in Blackjack is not as hard as you think. It's like learning a musical instrument: anyone can do it, but only a select few actually put in the time to get good at it. This site was created to teach you everything you need to know to gain an edge over the casino and actually win money in the long run. This website will help you perfect your skills, without you having to risk your precious bankroll.
The game was created to allow you to practice card counting and betting strategy without incurring the risk of using real money. Here are some important things to note:
Because there are so many rule variations in Blackjack, The "Change Rules" tab in the top left of the game will allow you to change the regulations to imitate most rule variations you'll see in the casinos.
The game advises the best play for a given situation. It will tell you when to hit, stand, double down, split, and surrender. This advice is based on Basic Strategy and is shown here.
The house edge shown in the bottom right is the house's winnings per hand over a long period of time. So for example, if the house edge is -1%, that means you will win about $0.05 per hand if you bet an average of $5. So if you played 1,000 hands, you could expect to win around $50. In addition to house edge, the number of mistakes you have made is also shown.
The "Settings" Tab allows you to change the quickness of the game, show or hide the card totals below the cards, and have the game play itself.
If you want to see how much money you will win in the long run, you can have the game play itself. Setting the quickness to instant will have the game play as fast as possible and demonstrate how your bankroll will behave over the span of thousands of games.
If you want to actually become a profitable Blackjack player, you will need to learn Basic Strategy and how to count cards. This website is broken into three parts:
It is important to know the Rules of Blackjack before you begin to practice card counting. Though the rules vary from table to table, the underlying rules of Blackjack remain the same.
Once the rules of are understood, you can move into learning Basic Strategy. Basic Strategy advises the best thing to do in any given circumstance. For example, if your first two cards are a 10 and a 3, and the dealer is showing a 7, basic strategy would tell you to hit in that situation. The house will still have a small advantage, but mastering basic strategy reduces the house edge significantly.
This is where Blackjack can actually become a profitable enterprise. There are many different card counting strategies, but by far the most popular is the High-Low Strategy (used by the MIT Blackjack Team) because it is simple yet effective. High-Low Strategy assigns a +1 value to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and a -1 value to 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. A more detailed explanation of the High-Low Strategy can be found here.