Blackjack Strategy: True Count

When playing blackjack, you should know how to keep a running count. The next step to learn, after that, is the computation for the true count. You might wonder what the reason for converting the running count to true count is - the reason for this is, the running count usually does not take into account the number of the deck of cards not yet played, and therefore you could overrate your advantage.

Let us take, for example, the running count of +6 with 2 decks that are not yet played in a 6 deck shoe game, has a greater advantage for the player than a running count with 5 decks of unplayed cards.

To make up for this difference, we standardize the running count by simply dividing the number of the decks that are not yet played in order to have the true count in every deck.

The formula for getting a true count is: running count, divided by the number of unplayed decks of cards.

Example: supposedly you have a running count of +6, and there are 6 decks of cards that are not yet played, if you divide the running count with the unplayed deck of cards, your true count for this is +1.

Mathematically speaking, this quite easy to compute, but you don't have to be 100% accurate in estimating the decks of unplayed cards in the shoe. At home, you can practice estimating the number of decks in a pile of cards.

In converting your running card to true count, this must take place in just a matter of only seconds. You don't have much time in converting, so it is suggested that you practice, to do this as quickly as possible. After doing so, you will be able to determine how much you are going to bet.

If you have a positive true count, the counter's advantage will be greater on the next hand. In general rule, with each unit addition of true count, you will add about 0.5% to the player's advantage.

In a normal 6 deck game, the casino's advantage after shuffling is at 0.5%; it is equivalent to the true count of a neutral deck, or zero "0".

The player is playing an even game against the casino if the true count is at +1. On the other hand, if the true count is at +2, the advantage of the player is at 0.5%, and then with the true count of +3 there is a 1% advantage of the counter.

This is how you convert running count to true count. It is as simple as dividing the running count with the number of unplayed deck of cards. Practice so you can do it quickly and effectively.

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