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Watch more How to Play Card Games videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Count cards to improve your odds at blackjack using this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Use the high-low method Use the high-low method, which assigns cards two through six a plus one, and cards 10 through ace a negative one, while middle cards are worth zero. Tip Small cards favor the dealer while large cards favor the player, so when a small card is removed it favors the player and when a large card is removed it is bad for the player. Step 2: Track all cards dealt Start from zero when the dealer has a new deck and add up all the cards dealt. When you reach a plus two or three, the odds shift in your favor. Tip Practice counting with your own deck. If you do it right you can predict the last card -- a whole deck always equals zero. Step 3: Cancel card pairs Cancel card pairs by matching a high card and low card to reach zero. When you reach a plus two or three, the odds shift in your favor. Step 4: Calculate true count Calculate the true count by dividing your number by the number of decks the dealer has left in his shoe or card collector. Step 5: Give it time Be patient -- you may have to go through several hands before you can estimate which cards remain in the shoe or deck. Step 6: Walk away Walk away before anyone gets suspicious. While card counting isn't illegal, casinos can kick you to the curb for counting. Did You Know? During operation Iraqi Freedom, the Defense Department issued 55 playing cards with the faces of Saddam Hussein's regime on them.
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