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There's a lot more to counting cards in Blackjack than meets the eye. Mike Aponte, former member of the infamous MIT Blackjack Team, takes us through the complicated process of counting cards. Still haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► http://wrd.cm/15fP7B7 ABOUT WIRED WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture. Blackjack Expert Explains How Card Counting Works | WIRED
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Rockwithme ping (1 day ago)
I shouldnt skip the math class
Dr. Thomas Fister (4 days ago)
2kEddie (4 days ago)
Michael Rogers (4 days ago)
Anybody wanna go to last Vegas with me?
Gary Lu Productions (3 days ago)
Michael Rogers No, but I can go to First Vegas with you.
Srihari Reddy (5 days ago)
I have a excellent skills in roulette if anyone can invest 1kakh$ every day I can win 17500$ my mail is [email protected]
XxclivexX (7 days ago)
Want a easier way to understand this? Well if you have Netflix your in luck! Simply watch a film called 21, it explains card counting and if very good film!
Hawk M (7 days ago)
It sounds like he is explaining it perfect but I didn't understand a thing... gotta watch it some more times before Vegas.
Rey and ari (8 days ago)
All the cards are the same number there’s only 4 cards that are different (jQk)=10 and the (As or 1)= 1 or 11 and the game consist to complete 21 or under and wins whoever have 21 or the one who gets closer
Rey and ari (8 days ago)
You just mAke this more difficult to understand
Hussain Q (8 days ago)
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gabriel Rivera (9 days ago)
He made some mistakes with his math
VinnyGamingYT (11 days ago)
Needed to watch this at 1.25x
CureFan123 (11 days ago)
You have to be Rain Man to actually pull this off
Gary Lu Productions (3 days ago)
CureFan123 That is so false. Many successful card counters are not even close to having Rain Man’s power.
José Eduardo Saba (12 days ago)
Please correct if I am wrong, but wouldn’t the count be 21 at 5:09? It was 22 until the last card, which was an ace, therefore +21. Sorry for any mistakes, English is not my first language
trer24 (12 days ago)
Good thing for casinos that most people are dumb. As evidenced by the YouTube comments they make.
karim lavji (12 days ago)
This does not teach someone who does not know what card counting is, it just reinforces what people who know about it already know
delta _y (13 days ago)
Of course he's Asian
John Youkhana (13 days ago)
Wtf I'm on cloud 9
HoneNi Heixiu (13 days ago)
You can count cards but you can’t count your greed and fear. If all that really works some genius will invent a mini robot that a player can use against the dealer, machine can do the maths and won’t have emotions
EJR77 (13 days ago)
You have to first learn basic strategy before learning to count cards. If you skipped that step go back and memorize this table first: https://www.blackjackapprenticeship.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/BJA_Basic_Strategy.jpg basic strategy is the statistically best way to play every possible hand in blackjack. Basic strategy, combined counting cards, combined with good betting strategy equals you, the player, gaining a statistical advantage over the house. Counting cards is simple, but its hard to master. If you really want to count cards, you need to practice and have a good system in place.
John Doe (15 days ago)
Good luck finding a single deck table that plays the cards face up. Casinos got butthurt
mike A (18 days ago)
If you use this enjoy your last ever hour in a casino. It is so obvious you will be "asked " to leave. You will be told you may not come back. You will be surprised when you go into nanother casino in another state or maybe country and are refused entry. They all share a database of card counters and use face recognition software. They can't take your winnings ( you have broken no law ) but they can ( without reason ) ban you and share that with all the other casinos. If your intention is to do this for a bit of fun DON'T.
crocodile2006 (18 days ago)
Forget this rubbish... just take rain man with you
marty mcfly (19 days ago)
Total jiberish no way to predict next card if possible this guy would never lose and be banned at every casino just a idot trying to look smart
Gary Lu Productions (3 days ago)
marty mcfly Smart people would know how to spell “gibberish”.
Dilation Virus (20 days ago)
I understand He is Asian
Juan Carlos (20 days ago)
I got it thanks , actually pretty easy once you get it ! Thanks now make millions huahahha
Mark Pcola (20 days ago)
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Lumos Sir (21 days ago)
i knew i wasnt going to understand anything and yet i still watched the whole thing. not disappointed
fungidungie Johnson (21 days ago)
Can you ask the dealer what the count is so you don't have to follow it so closely?
Gary Lu Productions (3 days ago)
fungidungie Johnson Why would he tell you? LOL
Manuel Garcia (21 days ago)
This dude will make u lose with those tricks up his sleeves
gest cert (21 days ago)
Well... I don't even speak English so good, so I didn't understand a word of what he said.
Philipe Ferreira (23 days ago)
First learn how to count cards than learn how to play blackjack
Kevin Wang (24 days ago)
stop making videos like this
Jim Churchill (25 days ago)
Bottom line pay attention to what going on.
Hitoshi Igarashi (25 days ago)
How do you know how many decks are in the game?
Bram Hendriks (25 days ago)
it is simple, but most casino's use a csm (constantly shuffeling machine). This means counting cards doesnt effect the house advantage that much, unfortunally.
Gary Lu Productions (3 days ago)
EJR77 The way a continuous shuffle machine works is that the cards are put back into the machine after every round and then the cards are reshuffled. So, no, you cannot count cards.
EJR77 (13 days ago)
Constant shuffling machines don't change the count. Once a card is removed its removed. Thus if the deck is shuffled when the count is +15, the advantage is still there to the player because there are a large number of 10s, faces, and aces still in that shuffled deck. Shuffle the deck all you want, it doesn't change the probability and the count.
Murtuza Bhabhrawala (26 days ago)
Did anyone understand anything or it made you more confused?
pug lord (26 days ago)
Even though the true count is high.. and you get a black the dealer could also end up getting a black Jack.. or getting 2 face cards.. which brings to the only way to have a slight advantage would be ace tracking.. but with the csm machines they have at casinos it's almost impossible to get it right.. it's a pipe dream now.. they only way to have control of the game is having a good cut card and hand shuffle.. which no casino does now
iryumika (26 days ago)
3x25 =100 the math skills ;D
Translucent Origin (26 days ago)
LeVarBurger (27 days ago)
I mean I get it, but under no circumstance could I do this in real time lol
Jay Lofa (28 days ago)
So... Hit on 20 got it
Marek Breeden (28 days ago)
Shoutout to lee asher in this video :D
Artyom Arty (28 days ago)
i was playing fallout new vegas and had to learn how to play blackjack. I beat all the casinos with my 10 luck Now I am here
Esteban Martinez (29 days ago)
So how do you find x?
Flawed game imo if can do it but not legal or frowned upon...
TruthNerds (25 days ago)
It's not banned by law, but casinos generally forbid it. If they can prove it, you can be liable for damages, or even persecuted for fraudulence. Most likely they cannot prove it, and you'll just get banned.
TROLL (29 days ago)
I'm too stupid to understand this lol
Arlex Flores (30 days ago)
hard is math
Instantaniously UFC2 (30 days ago)
if u changing to poker size anyway in the end, why did u use bridge size in the beginning ?
Austin Katz (1 month ago)
Looked cool and all with that hope jazzy tune but it's irritating that it's explained once and then he just starts dealing and there's numbers everywhere and then he says "so we would bet 5 units"... What?
TheCataclysmicevent (1 month ago)
There are also deviations that come into play dependent on where the true count is. For the most part this is all you need to put the advantage in your favor but there are a few deviations that can increase your profit margins as well.
Ignacio Vasquez (1 month ago)
I struggle to count to 21
TruthNerds (25 days ago)
Right, how are you supposed to do it? You'd need five hands…
T0BBi94 (1 month ago)
Cant you just use this at one of those online casinos?
Aliff Ahmad (1 month ago)
during practice mode, i lost 3000$ ..nahh i just stick with poker then..
Rotti-X (1 month ago)
I don’t count and still got kicked out of the casino for being lucky
Kai DuBois (1 month ago)
Isn't it kinda messed up that counting cards isn't allowed in casinos? How exactly is this cheating? Listen to what he says at the end: "hopefully have enough leeway to interact with other players." Which means that, in the eyes of the casino, the only way to play this game " fairly" is by actively not paying attention to something you stand to lose money on? I'm not talking about having cards up your sleeve or something. I'm talking about literally just paying attention to what's going on in front of you. That's somehow considered cheating -.- Imagine if you were playing that game where someone shuffles three cups around and you have to pick the one with the item underneath. Usually they move as quickly as possible to make it difficult to remember which cup has the item. That's fair because at least you can see what's going on. Now imagine if they said you couldn't watch them shuffle the cups and had to pick at random -_-
PiPArtemis (1 month ago)
Yup. Still dont get it
ayaanle idris (1 month ago)
pure nonesense
Pointless Minutes (1 month ago)
Someone please tell him to speak in English
Thomas Schindler (1 month ago)
I've learned nothing
Jay Dawg (1 month ago)
How is it 23? Looks like 21 to me ...
Thegame .Dev (1 month ago)
Seems like card shuffling machines are a casinos best bet.
Ceyhun çüner (1 month ago)
I understood nothing at all guys!
verdatum (1 month ago)
Make no mention of the insane card-sharp skills going on in his video. Jeez.
Here's the short version you're looking for: You can't do it.
Thirteen Banger (1 month ago)
I'm just some Canadian guy and I say Lmfao the first youtube comment to actually make me laugh for real 😂
Jimmy Joseph (1 month ago)
Terrific explanation!!!
csabee kov (1 month ago)
Here after the movie 21
Fixsalot (1 month ago)
let me guess. he's gonna make a computer next like the verge. such a waste of time.
Louis Lloyd (1 month ago)
Ok I get it but when do I activate my trap card
Unfeasible (1 month ago)
and I came here thinking he was going to show us a faster way to get to 21.. lol
Captain Levi (1 month ago)
Icin (1 month ago)
The movie 21 explains it better for the layperson
firestarterr123 (1 month ago)
yeah but when i bet 500 bucks on red and 500 bucks on black, and basically my thoughts saying no way am i losing this, the machine says: the lucky number is zero..whats that all about
David Fasano (1 month ago)
this dude blinks too much
Worthy (1 month ago)
Got the hang of it, just wanna know how do you know how many decks they have left
Worthy (1 month ago)
footy1015 right thanks
footy1015 (1 month ago)
When they take the cards off the table and put them in that red rack on the side you can get a good idea. If you have a 6 deck shoe, the discard rack would fit 6 decks. It's a good estimation.
1.5 million views...anybody want to bet 99% of those people watched this video then went to the casino and still lost money?
Joji River (1 month ago)
Suckers will always be pleasured by Casinos.
StuUngar (1 month ago)
It takes a lot of practice...but there’s some pitfalls involved with counting. As Alan in the Hangover said, it helps if you have a spotter like in the movie 21. There is actually very little time when the true count is really in your favor. So you may spend hours trudging through negative counts or mostly even counts. Sometimes your deck will start off very high card heavy. Of course you have no way of knowing that, you’ve won most of your bets, but youve been min betting and now the deck is halfway done and the running count is -18. You also have to keep track of everything while small chatting, dealing with cocktail waitresses talking to you, and making the right moves. Ive been so caught up in my count that ive made the wrong move or added wrong on my total and stood when I should’ve hit.
Jimmy Issac (1 month ago)
Doggerino Kripperino (1 month ago)
This is all gradeschool mathematics. The real skill is keeping a total count of ALL cards played to get an accurate representation of decks remaining for which to divide the true count by.. and not get caught doing it... Incredible
Aimlevel (1 month ago)
michael (1 month ago)
i played that in rdr2 and lost against npc's.
Ken Mulligan (1 month ago)
I would need to bring a calculator to the table.
Felipe Torelly (1 month ago)
Am I the only one who ended this video knowing less than before? 🤔
Tyler Sawada (1 month ago)
Best form of blackjack to play in favor of the player is Spanish 21
Jono Vizion (1 month ago)
I love how you are doing slight of hand through out, lol, so much steez. love it.
nate brown (1 month ago)
5:04 shouldn’t the real count be 21 not 23?
Squeeker22 (1 month ago)
I’m only here for RDR2
Kleenex Gamez (1 month ago)
I understood nothing
B Roli (1 month ago)
Can someone explain this to me step by step? Do i have to be a genius for this? Or is this possible to learn?
DCChannel (2 months ago)
s it obvious that we gonna be rich when applied this method with online casino :))
Fred Flintstone (2 months ago)
True Story. Friend of mine is math genius. So he thought he would make a bundle by learning how to win in blackjack. He bought book and learned system. Went to casino with bunch of us and he was determined to win a bundle. All of us lost at blackjack except one. The math genius lost the most. The only one that won was drunk as a skunk . Go figure.....
Heidi Bottom (2 months ago)
3:35 "bet little or nothing when you don't have the advantage" actor bets $25... "and then proportionally more as your advantage increases" actor bets $10 hahah. two chips > one chip i guess?
Boli Letra (2 months ago)
The casino backs of if they find out you are counting rip
CenTz (2 months ago)
Finally, im ready to lose my money
NightHunter (2 months ago)
He lost me at 0:00
slayerdearly (2 months ago)
This seems hard to learn
Roger Banks (2 months ago)
Sherry ing (2 months ago)
freecodecamp - counting-cards makes me here...
Kārlis Briedis (2 months ago)
What if you have an 8 deck shoe of which you only use around half of the cards in the shoe? Pretty sure you can't count the cards there.

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