Why Does Card Counting Work?
by Michael "Wizard of Odds" Shackleford
Every card counter knows that tens and aces favor the player, and small cards favor the dealer. But why is this true? Many blackjack books have touched on this. This article seeks to take the topic a little deeper, and challenge the blackjack community to further expand this topic.
To name just two sources that address this topic: Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere, and Knock-Out Blackjack by Olaf Vancura. Both authors correctly list most of the major reasons why card counting works, but neither specifically mentions an order of value. The following are, in order, the reasons that card counting works...
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