Counting Cards for Long-Term Wins: The Simplified Way
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Counting Cards for Long-Term Wins: The Simplified Way

The average joe's guide to mastering card counting in casino blackjack; no advanced math required!
4.8 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
110 students enrolled
Created by Geoff Bowman
Last updated 1/2016
English
Price: $70
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Count Cards and win money
manage a bankroll wisely
avoid common pitfalls that separate winning players from losing players
learn all the skills you need to start playing winning blackjack as a professional business or a lucrative hobby
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Requirements
  • you must be able to count from 1-30 at least
  • You must be able to add/subtract/multiply/divide small numbers in your head. (don't worry about speed, we'll practice that)
  • You should have or plan to have a small bankroll ready to play once you finish the course
Description

Learn to Count Cards and Make Money While Playing Ordinary Blackjack!

  • Learn the basic strategy foundation to playing good blackjack.
  • Learn to keep the count and use it to know when to strike!
  • Build easy skills that maximize your profit potential while reducing your risks.
  • Avoid common mistakes and pitfalls that have ended many a budding blackjack career.
  • Tailor your play and your technique to any sized bankroll and any beatable blackjack game (including multi-deck games!)

Sure most of us have heard that Blackjack is a beatable game if you can count cards, maybe you heard it from a gambling buddy or from a grandparent like I did. Maybe you saw a movie or TV show which featured a genius card counter, maybe you heard about the MIT team or any other college teams who feature the best and brightest sticking it to the house.

You may even want to be them.

But to you, like me, card counting may have seemed out of reach. So many of us are not mathematical geniuses or even mathematically inclined. We may not have stacks of thousands per hand we'd be willing to lose or have a team of players to help us spot the good tables.

What I'm about to say may seem hard to believe, but you need NONE of the above to learn to count cards and make money.

I started out myself as an ADD arts major, better with words than with numbers and that's an understatement (I could barely count down the register at the gas station where I worked!) I was absolutely shocked at how easy it was to learn this lucrative skill and since then I've played all over the US for big bucks and even trained and managed a team of my own. I finally decided it was time to take these advantage player skills I was teaching people 1-on-1 and share them with the world.

This course will take you from being just another chump gambler, to beating casinos at their own game! I will admit, this isn't for everyone. Not everyone can handle practicing for a few minutes per day to build these skills, not everyone can handle the pressure of putting money out on the table even with an edge, and not everyone can maintain calm, cool, and collected while taking their big paydays. Like I said, counting cards isn't for everyone, but EVERYONE can learn, and with this course you'll get the fast-track to success that I've developed over several years of research and experience to build my own blackjack career.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course applies to beginners and experts, veteran gamblers and those who have never set foot in a casino.
  • It is not required that you be of legal gambling age to take the course but you should be of legal gambling age before you implement it.
  • This course is not recommended for recovering or struggling gambling addicts or anyone in crippling amounts of debt. Counting Cards is NOT a financial "get out of jail free" card!
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 35 Lectures Collapse All 35 Lectures 04:20:13
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Intro to the Course
4 Lectures 23:59

Take a look here for guidelines on how to optimize your learning experience and get to beating casino blackjack as quickly and efficiently as possible!

How to take this course
03:08

Gambling has been around since the beginning of civilization. There have always been myths surrounding how to better one's odds of winning. Sadly the vast majority of these are inaccurate superstitions. Take some time to join me in learning what does and doesn't work to help you gain an edge.

Preview 08:00

Now that you know what strategies don't work, let's do a quick overview of why card counting DOES work. Enjoy this brief overview of the concepts behind the techniques you'll be mastering in the lectures to come!

Preview 11:05
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The Game: Basics
5 Lectures 27:58

Before you can beat blackjack you have to know how to play! Feel free to skip this lecture if you're familiar with the rules but it can and will serve as a great refresher.

Rules of Blackjack
04:20

The first foremost step in counting cards is learning basic strategy. The chart may be quite intimidating at first and so we're going to break it down into sections and give you a very tangible way to remember how to play every single possible hand. We'll start with hard hands, meaning all hands that have no aces or pairs in them.

Basic Strategy: hard hands
08:53

Hands with aces in them are referred to as "soft hands". These hands can be very adventageous for a skilled player! But only if you know how to play them correctly...

Basic Strategy: soft hands
04:51

When dealt a pair you have the option of playing a single hand as two. Learn how you can double your money, reduce your losses, and when it's better to stick to one hand.

Basic Strategy: splits
04:55

This is a warm-up for the bigger test! If you get any of these wrong, go back and study the section that hand comes from. Remember basic strategy is NOT optional for winning players and it must be 100%!

Basic Strategy Practice Quiz!
10 questions

Probably the most misunderstood play option in blackjack is surrender. Despite the name it isn't just giving up. A smart player will learn to use surrender to add even more to his edge over the house!

Basic Strategy: surrender
04:59

Don't do this test until you believe you can pass with 100%

Basic Strategy Test
21 questions
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The Game: Counting Cards
8 Lectures 01:11:31

Now that you know how to play with the best strategies, it's time to learn to count! Don't worry, it's no harder than anything you learned on sesame street.

Getting started with the running count
04:13

Basic Running Count Practice
8 questions

Since running count is so important to master, here are some learning tools for keeping track of the count as you train and to help you keep positive and negative straight. These are for all learning styles so just pick the one that works best for you and practice practice practice.

How to lock the running count in your head
12:49

This is the first video quiz of the course. Before you get started make sure you do 1 of 2 things:

  1. Grab a sheet of paper and number it from 1-10... OR...
  2. Open "Quiz 4" from this course in a separate window and then size both windows so you can see them at the same time.
For best results:
-Don't pause or rewind the video. You won't be able to pause or rewind your dealer!
-Answer as quickly as you can
-Avoid the use of the aids from the previous lecture if you want to accurately test how well you'd count in real life.
-Don't beat yourself up if you don't score 100% the first time, but pay attention to where it gets more difficult to keep track
Running Count Video Quiz!
20:03

Running Count Video Quiz!
10 questions

This video quiz will not only test you on running count but on basic strategy as well. Do you have what it takes yet to put the two together?

Running Count + Basic Strategy Video Quiz
08:30

Running Count + Basic Strategy Video Quiz
10 questions

Now that you keep a good running count we need to find a way to interpret it for however many decks you may come across in the games your local casino offers. Use this technique to calculate your edge no matter how many cards are left to be dealt.

True Count Explained
07:33

True Count Quiz
6 questions

It's important to learn to recognize how many decks are in the discard tray in order to get an accurate true count. Here's some drills you can do at home to build that skill.

Deck Estimation Explained
05:50

Here's the underlying concept behind the true count and how you use it to know when to bet big on those juicy decks, and when to hold out for a richer shoe.

How you will use the true count to win money
04:43

This video quiz will test you on everything you've learned thus far. Make sure you can play basic strategy and keep a running count perfectly, and that you know how to calculate your true count using the decks remaining!

True Count + Running Count + Basic Strategy Video Quiz
07:50

True Count + Running Count + Basic Strategy Video Quiz
10 questions
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The Game: Making your play pristine
3 Lectures 21:24

Variations, Indeces, Deviations, Index Plays... they go by many names in the blackjack world. But what are they and how do they help your game?

What are variations?
03:54

These variations are best suited for games where the dealer must hit on a soft 17. Make sure you know which game you're going to be playing!

Best H17 variations
11:16

These variations are best suited for games where the dealer must stand on a soft 17. Make sure you know which game you're going to be playing!

Best S17 variations
06:14

Variations practice quiz
12 questions
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The Game: Putting it all together
2 Lectures 13:43

Now you have all the pieces to play the game. Here's some good techniques on how to approach practicing them. Remember that doing them perfectly individually is great, but the real test comes when performing them all together.

Please visit this link for an example of a practice log (select "file>download as>Microsoft Excel to download an editable version):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wJan9LI1BBUkELCqQtNnG_34BmoRgeG0hBMlc9KuAB8/edit?usp=sharing

This practice log will actually double as a method of tracking your casino play once you're ready to reach that point.

How to practice the complete system effectively
04:06

I'm a designer and a computer geek in my spare time and I know a lot of you all are as well. This is an incredibly effective technique I've developed for training teammates and keeping my own play automatic. If you practice this technique then you will be able to count cards as easily as you can tie your shoes!

The Blackjack "Function"
09:37

Do you know all the steps in the blackjack function? This can help you make your play automatic! See if you can walk through it step-by-step in this quiz.

The Blackjack Function Quiz
12 questions
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Bankroll Management
6 Lectures 44:00

So now you're a master card counter! But shouldn't we add something to all these skills in order to make them pay the bills??

What is a bankroll?
01:50

Learn to avoid the biggest and most deadly mistake that beginning card counters make time and time again: OVERBETTING! Here we break down exactly how much is sensible to be betting on what counts and expert rules and guidelines to avoid breaking your bank before you get to see those profits.

Bet Spreading: The most important concept for beating casinos
13:46

ATTENTION: These math concepts are helpful but not mandatory to succeed at card counting.

Our first nerdy concepts go hand in hand and when you can and I highly recommend understanding the overarching rules behind them. You will not need to learn to calculate them yourself but please see the links below for some tools to help you out.

House Edge Calculator: http://wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/calculator/

EV calculator: http://www.qfit.com/calcrisk.htm

Blackjack simulation software (not free): http://www.qfit.com/blackjack-simulation.htm

Blackjack Nerdy Concepts: Expected Value and House Edge
07:37

ATTENTION: These math concepts are helpful but not mandatory to succeed at card counting.

Our next nerdy concepts involve being able to gauge whether the difference between your expected results and actual results is normal, or a result of poor play, poor bankroll management, or god forbid a casino is cheating you! Learn how you can avoid swings beyond what your bankroll can handle.

Blackjack Nerdy Concepts: Variance and Standard Deviation
07:03

ATTENTION: These math concepts are helpful but not mandatory to succeed at card counting.

Our last nerdy concept involves risk of ruin, A.K.A. how to know if you're playing a beatable game or not. Based on your bankroll size, your bet spread, and the house edge, the risk of ruin is an important indicator of just how likely you are to see profits rather than total losses. For those with large bankrolls, this is a very very important number to consider before placing that first bet.

Blackjack Nerdy Concepts: Risk of Ruin
08:45

If you don't like the look of that Risk of Ruin or you're worried about variance being too hard to overcome, here's a way you can ensure that you're always playing with the most edge possible and never playing when the odds are in the house's favor. This can make games that were previously not worth the risk, suddenly wildly profitable games! Don't be a chump and skip out on this technique!

The BEST way to lose less and win more
04:59

Make sure that you understand how to ensure that your bankroll doesn't run out before your statistically guaranteed wins! This quiz will test what you've learned in this section

Bankroll Quiz
8 questions
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Taking it to the tables: The Casino Environment
6 Lectures 55:15

Read me before galavanting off to the pits. There's some important warnings to consider!

Why you aren't ready for the casino yet
01:32

While this course will prepare you to win blackjack games regardless of amount of decks or table limits, it's important to note that there are certain games that aren't worth bothering with and some that aren't even beatable. Still others aren't even really blackjack games! Learn to discern between them in this lecture.

Game Scouting: Good and Bad Playing conditions
09:15

Here we'll go over "Pen". What it is, why it's so important, and how it can make the difference between a wildly profitable and nearly unbeatable game even under the same rules and conditions.

The PEN is mightier than the counter
09:19

Would you sit down at these tables? Find out if you have what it takes to scout a juicy game.

Gaming conditions true/false quiz
6 questions

Dealers aren't our enemies, but make sure you don't mistake them for your friends. Also never EVER expect them never to make mistakes. To err is human after all!

Here's how to interact with dealers to make sure you keep your winnings going but also keep them happy to deal to you.

Never trust your dealer!
08:28

For all expert card counters, that inevitable tap on the shoulder is not an "if" it's a "when". Luckily, getting approached by casino management and removed from play is almost never as scary as the movies and the news would have you believe, and most of the time it isn't even a permanent ban. Here's what you need to know about staying one step ahead of the suits and what rights you have as a card counter and a customer if they do catch up with you.

(PLEASE NOTE: This advice is mainly for U.S. based players. If you play in other jurisdictions you will need to consult the law in those jurisdictions about what the regulations are on card counting as well as the rights of card counters and patrons in general. NONE of this information is official legal advice so if you need legal council please contact a qualified law professional in the jurisdiction in question.)

Heat and Backoffs: Part 1
08:42

For all expert card counters, that inevitable tap on the shoulder is not an "if" it's a "when". Luckily, getting approached by casino management and removed from play is almost never as scary as the movies and the news would have you believe, and most of the time it isn't even a permanent ban. Here's what you need to know about staying one step ahead of the suits and what rights you have as a card counter and a customer if they do catch up with you.

(PLEASE NOTE: This advice is mainly for U.S. based players. If you play in other jurisdictions you will need to consult the law in those jurisdictions about what the regulations are on card counting as well as the rights of card counters and patrons in general. NONE of this information is official legal advice so if you need legal council please contact a qualified law professional in the jurisdiction in question.)

Heat and Backoffs: Part 2
17:59
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TEST OUT!
1 Lecture 02:02

Some parting words of congratulations and final advice before you head out to make your fortunes.

READ ME BEFORE GOING TO THE CASINO!
02:02
About the Instructor
Geoff Bowman
4.8 Average rating
10 Reviews
110 Students
1 Course
Card Counter, Blackjack Entrepreneur, Info Junkie

I've lived my entire life by two principles:

1. Improve the lives of others.

2. Know more than you did yesterday

After years and years of this I've picked up a considerable amount of unique skills which I feel it is my duty to pass on to others via udemy. Here are just some of my credentials:

-Professional Music composer, 8 years

-Professional Filmmaker/Videographer, 12 years

-Blackjack Team Co-Manager and Advantage Player, 4 years

-Professional Live webcast director, 6 years

-Rewards program hustler, 3 years