SO YOU WANNA’ BE A BLACKJACK CARD COUNTER?
by Fred Renzey
Fred Renzey is an "advantage" blackjack player, and author of the highly rated "Blackjack Bluebook II – The Simplest Winning Strategies Ever Published", a vividly detailed 217 page handbook for casino "21". BJI readers can purchase the book at 10% discount in our store by clickinghere.
Sizing up the shoe with lethal cunning, striking fear into the heart of the pit boss, raking in mountains of chips, guzzling champagne in the whirlpool of your hotel suite – it all sounds so glamorous.
That’s the image portrayed on TV and in the movies of people who have become successful "card counters" at blackjack. Some of them have won millions of dollars doing it. Many more than that have won a lot less, while working at it harder than at their 9-5 job. Still more yet have tried it, failed miserably, and given up.
What is it that’s so attractive about systematically winning at blackjack? It’s the enviable goal of beating the house at their own game – achieving heroic status as a gamesman – and oh, yeah – making money doing it. Who wouldn’t want that? Well, you might want it, but considering everything it takes to make it happen, you might not after all. So then, exactly what is card counting anyway, and does it really work?
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