Card counting is the only strategy that works in blackjack. Forget all about Fibonacci, Martingale or positive and negative progression systems – although they might be profitable in the short run, becoming a good card counter is the way to go if you want to be really successful in blackjack.
What’s Card Counting?
Card counting is a complex blackjack strategy and a form of advantage gambling whose goal is to significantly reduce the house edge and give the player advantage over the casino, which is often quite big.
The system allows players to bet more with a less risk and tries to minimize losses during an unfavorable count, while also giving players the ability to change their decisions depending on the card count. Most variations of card counting in blackjack are centered on the theory that big cards favor the player, while low cards are more favorable for the dealer. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but that’s the basic theory of card counting.
Card counting was invented by legendary mathematician and blackjack player Edward O. Thorp. His book Beat the Dealer from 1962 is considered the Holy Grail for card counters, although most of the techniques can no longer be used in casinos, who have taken serious counter-measures to cut their losses.
Even before Thorp’s card counting guide, there were players ‘robbing’ casinos across the country. Jess Marcum was a gambler who is credited with the invention of the first point-count system, while in 1957, a group known by casino owners as the Four Horsemen (Wilbert Cantey, Roger Baldwin, James McDermott, and Herbert Maisel) published the first blackjack strategy and devised the first rudimentary card counting system with the help of mechanical calculators.
Since then, the system progressed, with many legendary card counting teams formed with one goal in mind – to beat the casinos at their own game.