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How To Determine The True Count

In card counting there are actually two counts, the running count and the true count. There is a big difference between the two.

The running count is the count that you use 99% of the time. It is that count where you are constantly going "+1, -1, 0, +1" and watching all the cards come out. The running count is what most inexperienced blackjack players simply refer to as "the count".

The true count is a number which is based off the running count. It is also the number card counters use to determine their next bet.

To get the true count you divide the running count by the number of decks left in play.

To figure out how many decks are in play just look to the side where the dealer piles cards at the end of each round (burn tray) and estimate how many decks are in there. So If there is 2 decks in the burn tray and you are playing 6 deck blackjack, there is only 4 decks left in play.

Use this counting/betting guide

The idea is to make the true count conversion at the beginning of each hand to determine whether or not to change your bet. There are many different betting systems but most of them start increasing the bets when the true count goes +2 and higher.

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