How Difficult is Card Counting?

How Difficult is Card Counting?


– Is card counting
something that only geniuses
with photographic memories can master
or with a little practice
can anyone do it?
By the end of this video you’ll have
a realistic understanding of
how difficult card counting
really is and find out if
it’s a good fit for you.
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– When you start researching card counting
it can be a bit confusing
because there are kinda
these two extreme camps.
The first camp is the card
counting is basically impossible
or only for a very, very select few.
I’ve had some people tell me
that they feel like I’m making
card counting sound like
it’s easy money or too easy
but to be honest from
where I was coming from
relatively speaking, card
counting did feel like easy money.
At the time I got into card
counting I was waiting tables
making between 10 and 20 bucks an hour
and then I was substitute teaching
making less than $100 a day
and I spent a lot of time
practicing but when I got into
card counting, before long,
within maybe six months I
was making over $100 an hour
and not too long after
that, within a year,
I was making about $400 an hour
and I went on to
personally win over 600,000
and run teams that won close
to four million dollars.
So, it felt easy compared to
the other options that I had.
The reality is card counting
isn’t only for MIT whiz kids.
In my years running teams
and through Blackjack
Apprenticeship I’ve trained
electricians and housewives
and fast food workers
and writers to become successful,
professional card counters.
So it’s not just for geniuses.
The problem is that’s only
one side of the story.
So, then there’s the
other camp which I call
the get rich quick camp.
And this is someone that
hears about card counting,
spends some time
practicing, learns about 90%
of basic strategy and
gets okay at counting
and then goes to a casino
and starts doing it.
And the reality is that
person is going to lose money.
If you don’t learn to be 100%
perfect at card counting,
you will not make it.
You will lose money.
And this goes back to the very
inception of card counting.
Ed Thorp who wrote the
book Beat the Dealer,
it was a best seller when it came out.
Everybody and their mom
bought the book, read it,
thought that they were
gonna become a card counter,
went to the casinos without perfect skills
and 99% of people walked
out of casinos losers
as card counters.
So, here’s the deal, card
counting isn’t only for geniuses
and MIT kids but it’s something that takes
a lot more practice
than most people think.
It takes 100 to 200 hours of practice
to even start to be a winning player.
Be cautious of people that say
it’s gonna be any easier than that.
There’s a lot of people
out there that are trained
to sell card counting as
a get rich quick scheme
and it’s not.
It really takes dedicated
practice until you’re perfect.
The reason it felt like
easy money to me is
because compared to becoming
a doctor or an engineer
or computer programmer or
any of the other things
I was considering at the time,
card counting seemed like a piece of cake
to spend a couple hundred hours practicing
to be able to make the kind of money
that I was able to make.
But it does take a lot
of dedicated practice.
In my experience of training
players for the church team
that I ran or through
Blackjack Apprenticeship,
a lot of people overestimate their skills.
Running the church team,
we had about 40 players
come through our team
and we had one person ever
show up to his first test out
and ace it.
Everyone else still had
some flaws in their game
and they had worked
really hard on their game.
So, don’t overestimate your
own skills, sell yourself short
and end up costing yourselves
money at card counting.
That really should be a
venture for making money.
Okay, so here’s some advice
if you wanna take card counting seriously.
Honestly, card counting
isn’t any different
than any other skill that you
need to master with precision.
So, imagine you wanna become a pilot.
Maybe you see the Blue Angels
and you think I wanna do that.
Well, there are three things
that you’re gonna need.
You’re gonna need information, training
and ongoing resources.
So, the first thing you’re gonna need
is the right information.
You gotta learn what all
the dials are in the cockpit
and all the levers and gears and whatnot.
Secondly, you’re gonna need training.
You’re not just gonna watch
YouTube videos and read a book
and then go try to fly a plane.
That’s suicide.
You’re gonna need training,
maybe in a flight simulator,
you probably need an instructor.
Just to make sure you
know what you’re doing
and that you’ve trained
yourself to be able to be safe
flying that airplane.
Finally, you’re gonna
need ongoing resources.
You’re gonna need
mechanics and technicians
and air traffic control, whatever it is
so that you can continue to
do this job of flying planes
in a safe and effective manner.
Well, it’s the same with card counting.
You’re gonna need information, training
and ongoing resources.
So, videos and books can
be great for information
assuming it’s the right
information you’re getting,
but then you’re also gonna need training.
Someone recently shared with me the quote,
“Repetition is the mother of all skill.”
So, you’re gonna need training
resources that can coach you
to be playing perfectly, hand
after hand, card after card
until you can do it effectively
without any correction.
Finally, card counters
need ongoing resources.
That’s gonna be intel, that’s
gonna be betting software,
and community- both to ask
questions to and in my experience
just because it can be a bit
of a lonely grind out there
if you’re just out there on your own.
It always breaks my heart
when I talk to someone
who read about card counting,
practiced just enough
to have a false confidence
and then went into the casino
before they were ready and
now they’re contacting me
because they lost all their money.
They’re trying to fly the plane
before they really had
trained themselves how.
So, how difficult is card counting?
Well, the good news is, it can be done.
But it takes dedicated practice.
You have to master it.
It’s not something you’re
gonna learn in a weekend
and the worst thing you
could do it just head out
to the casino before you’re ready.
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27 thoughts on “How Difficult is Card Counting?”

  1. I can count down a deck from 2 mins when I started 7 weeks ago and now can do it in 25 sec. Lots and lots of practice. Count down a deck while watching something distracting like TV or a Netflix movie or talking on the phone…it really helps. To see if you're on the right path to card counting go to your local casino find the fastest blackjack dealer there and backcount that table (the more players the better) and see if you can keep up with him/her.

  2. Yes learning how to count cards took me like an hour. It's all simple all you do is add or subtract. It's being perfect that takes time. I have been counting cards it has been a two weeks I discovered this website and. and I am frustrated it's so hard to get perfect. I would say it would take me a few months, I am better then before :). It's same as riding bycycle when you were a kid, I trust the process because anybody can master any skill if given time and effort. Frustration is good thing, it means your brain is adapting

  3. I used to think only math genius can count cards, now I know it's all BS, anybody can do it if given enough time and effort

  4. The thing about counting cards is that most of the time (95% of the time), ALL the tables are going to be either super negative, which is super bad or just going to be a bit negative or positive which gives you no more chance of winning.

  5. I remember 15 years ago when I was practicing card-counting for hours at home, it was a totally different experience when I counted cards in a real casino for the first time! Took me weeks before I comfortably sat down at a blackjack table for the first time, despite counting a deck of cards in less than 20 seconds at home. Nice video Colin!

  6. Programmer/IT guy here. I can safely say that learning about technology/coding is a lot easier than counting………It's taken me four months to learn the Wong Halves system perfectly.

    Colin, have I wasted four months learning the Wong Halves system?

  7. Card counting is the easiest part. It’s the discipline it takes to stay focused and bet properly. I’ve reached over $30,000 in their card counting practice app from $1,000. And this is restarting the deck properly after 5 decks! So it’s definitely possible. But the app is true random. Shuffling IS NOT RANDOM. There is a way they shuffle and it’s absolutely possible to shuffle track to know the good places to cut the deck. Try to stop your losses during a loss! That’s the gambler in you. Don’t get glued to the seat in a negative shoe. Sometimes you lose. It’s not a sure thing. Be prepared for that. Be prepared either way when you set $200 on a $500 minimum table at a true count of 7 and get a pair of 7s you split for another 7 against a 6. How would you handle a dealer 21 and lose $600? What would you do? Go $500 the next two hands? How will you act when THAT LOSS is a 20 against a blackjack? what if the count remains high and you keep playing max bet after that? When do you walk away? How long will you pout about not hitting for a 777 twenty one and not fall down a hole? Can you live with the stress? If it CAN happen it WILL and HAS happened. Just give it time. Do you have the time to reap the rewards of the tiny edge we have? If you do, more power to you. Like these videos say, we’re in it for the long haul. There is going to be daily losses.

  8. 5:40 Yup, Colin is talking about me. Only I didn't hit him (or anyone else) up about it because I'm just doing this for fun and to back count, get into a table, see if I can win a few hands in a row, then leave. I have no idea how Colin and the teams do it where you play several thousands of hands.

  9. What are you supposed to do if your only options for playing are with continuous shufflers which basically line the cards up so the dealer always makes their hand whenever significant bets are placed or 2 deck pre shuffled?

  10. "Lonely grind". I'm right there. lol. Haven't met anyone at a table that even knows how to play a 12 or 16 much less a soft 18 and I'm still red chipping due to a low bankroll $700 (started with $200 and have won $1500 overall).

    It would be really nice to have even one fellow counter as a friend. I'm at the least fortunate enough to have a fiancé that understands the math and supports the endeavor even if she doesn't want to play herself. 😀

  11. Here's a collection of resources for the curious beginner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O35_FmBuSsg&list=PL4HeBZsaiIf6mJXu-2NPuC5e6VbO-veLb

  12. Colin with a 51 percent edge there are lots of card counters that lose because they dont have the bankroll to handle the losses and some people just are not lucky. A 51 percent edge is not much and of you dont have some kind of luck on your side you wont win. I know people that had better luck than card counters and I have seen plenty of card counters lose their shirt when a was a dealer and pit boss, a lot of times we would allow counters because they kept losing lol

  13. When I learned card counting, I started counting down a deck, then moved on to playing and counting 1 deck and then learned some deviations/indices, but I didn't understand the true count at the time. What motivated me to do true count was when I dealt myself 6 decks the first time and quickly realized the count moves much different compared to the single deck game. Also, most decent blackjack games are 6-8 decks anyway. When I got some skills at true count, I practiced 2 decks, then 3,4,6, and then finally 8. If you can play and count 8 decks effectively, you can handle ANY beatable blackjack game casinos offers.

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