The principle of the method is that a card deck with tens and aces is likely to bust the dealer; thus, the deck of cards is in favor to the player. However, on the other hand, a card deck with small numbers is in favor to the dealer. So how does the method of card counting come in?
First, the player should keep track of all the cards which were already played to be able to gauge how rich or how lacking the deck of cards is. The player then assigns a value of point to every card played. He or she needs to do some computation. A card counter does this. The main point is that a plus point is given to a card if it is favorable, and a minus point to a less favorable one. Thus, high cards are assigned minus one (-1) point while low cards are given plus one (+1). Those in cards in between are given zero (0). The card counter then keeps track of all cards played and designates either adding or subtracting points to each and updates the total from time to time. The total process is called ‘running count’.
Another term a player may encounter is the ‘true count’. This is obtained after the card counter divides the running count with the proportion of the card deck size remaining. This then determines the richness or lack in the deck of card.
Also, the counter should check the up card of the dealer. This is to weigh his options and determine if he will bet the maximum or not. The point is that a positive count is of course very good, and a high positive count is always the best. So, cards two to six is given …