Card counting has been around for as long as people have been betting on card games. In the casino industry, it’s usually done in the Blackjack series of games as this is where it becomes the most effective. However, it is quite the talent. The player has to remember large lists of numbers and odds based on the cards left in the deck, plus the exact list of cards that have already been played. All of this needs to be done while continuing to play as if you have the same information as every other player at the table.
That being said, there are many people who have learnt the rules for counting cards and are fairly successful at putting them into practice. This is something that makes the normal player a little on edge – it’s not a good feeling to know someone else has an advantage over you at the table.
The good news is, there are some telltale signs that you can look out for and move away from the table and rather try playing Aus pokies for real money if you’re not happy playing next to a card counter.
Betting Style Is A Dead Giveaway
A betting pattern is usually part of the signature style of the player, and it’s easy to spot for those who watch gamblers regularly. A card counter that isn’t very good at avoiding suspicion will have a clear betting style. One of the simplest tells is when the cards left in the deck start to get low, the card counter will start to increase their bets. This is because they have a clearer idea of what cards are coming next than they did at the beginning of the game.
A card counter will also generally increase their bets when there are more high cards on the table, especially if more of the lower cards have been played already. This is because it’s easier to reach Blackjack when there are more high cards in play. It’s a strategy that doesn’t always work, but is worth keeping an eye out for.
Unusual Plays Are A Sure Sign
There are two basic plays that most people who love Blackjack never take. In fact, it’s a common saying that “only dumb people and card counters would ever” make these plays. The first of these is to take insurance on their hand, especially when a high bet has been placed. As a player, you are basically signalling that you don’t rely on your own hand and think the dealer could have Blackjack. It’s a clear red flag for other players that you are counting cards, but many still do it.
The other red flag card counters send up is splitting 10s. This means that they have two cards with a 10 value and they choose to take another card. The general rule is to not do this unless you have a particular strategy that you’re playing – and this is for those who know the game inside and out, usually professional players. Splitting 10s is also a good way to make casino bosses suspicious of you.