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Blackjack Expert Explains How Card Counting Works | WIRED

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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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Here's the short version you're looking for: You can't do it.
Jimmy Joseph (1 day ago)
Terrific explanation!!!
csabee kov (2 days ago)
Here after the movie 21
Fixsalot (6 days ago)
let me guess. he's gonna make a computer next like the verge. such a waste of time.
Louis Lloyd (6 days ago)
Ok I get it but when do I activate my trap card
Unfeasible (6 days ago)
and I came here thinking he was going to show us a faster way to get to 21.. lol
Captain Levi (7 days ago)
Icin (8 days ago)
The movie 21 explains it better for the layperson
firestarterr123 (8 days 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 (9 days ago)
this dude blinks too much
Worthy (9 days ago)
Got the hang of it, just wanna know how do you know how many decks they have left
Worthy (11 hours ago)
footy1015 right thanks
footy1015 (16 hours 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 (12 days ago)
Suckers will always be pleasured by Casinos.
StuUngar (15 days 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 (17 days ago)
Doggerino Kripperino (17 days 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 (17 days ago)
michael (17 days ago)
i played that in rdr2 and lost against npc's.
Ken Mulligan (18 days ago)
I would need to bring a calculator to the table.
Felipe Torelly (20 days ago)
Am I the only one who ended this video knowing less than before? 🤔
Tyler Sawada (21 days ago)
Best form of blackjack to play in favor of the player is Spanish 21
Jono Vizion (22 days ago)
I love how you are doing slight of hand through out, lol, so much steez. love it.
nate brown (22 days ago)
5:04 shouldn’t the real count be 21 not 23?
Squeeker22 (22 days ago)
I’m only here for RDR2
Kleenex Gamez (22 days ago)
I understood nothing
B Roli (22 days 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 (24 days ago)
s it obvious that we gonna be rich when applied this method with online casino :))
Fred Flintstone (24 days 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 (25 days 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 (25 days ago)
The casino backs of if they find out you are counting rip
CenTz (25 days ago)
Finally, im ready to lose my money
NightHunter (26 days ago)
He lost me at 0:00
slayerdearly (27 days ago)
This seems hard to learn
Roger Banks (27 days ago)
Sherry ing (27 days ago)
freecodecamp - counting-cards makes me here...
Kārlis Briedis (28 days 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.
genesisblock (29 days ago)
so thats why they didn't let me bring my calculator into the casino
mArsch Hans (1 month ago)
Rip UFO 361
vavasssc (1 month ago)
I think my IQ just dropped
FcoSeven (1 month ago)
okay now teach us how casnios catch card counters.
Ministry of propaganda (1 month ago)
Too much math not my game
Goolz96 (1 month ago)
EDIT: I lost $10,000 Thanks man! I’m gonna go try this tonight! 😁
Mc Dickwong (1 month ago)
wtf did you even show me
Awsum Clips (1 month ago)
I literally have no idea what you just said
Graduated Links (1 month ago)
What does he mean by units??
OOO MMM (1 month ago)
The guy speaking is informative, but I could do without the dealer wanker doing the card magic tricks as the other guy talks, it's too distracting to concentrate on the ideas when the card dealer is showboating!
Skeptomenosellinas (1 month ago)
Interesting video, but a more interesting one would be a video that deomonstrates how to beat continuous shuffling machines
Chimichanga - (1 month ago)
word of advice don't do this in a casino unless you wana get banned they will find out if your counting cards.
Dizzy Iguana (1 month ago)
With the magic tricks the vid is 🔥
In Search Of Trance (1 month ago)
My brain hurts
Ken Rodgers (1 month ago)
Easy way... Group the cards into 4... 2345... 6789... 10 10 10 10 and Ace... Averages ... And keep track of cards left and you have it...
Ken Rodgers (1 month ago)
This is relative to the average total card... If higher or if lower than average presto
Ken Rodgers (1 month ago)
Multiply everything
Ken Rodgers (1 month ago)
More accurate and you can multiply by 2 to get whole numbers
Zülfikar Sarıdağ (1 month ago)
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Cindy Victoria (2 months ago)
I’m 15 and have no idea how black jack works why am I here 😂
Gabee gbyr (2 months ago)
Ok then , ill bring pen n A4 paper , an abacus to the casino with me.
GamerZ026 (2 months ago)
Does anyone understand alien language?
TheCladi8or (2 months ago)
That is the absolute hardest, most ridiculous way to count or keep track.... JUST KEEP TRACK OF THE AMOUNT OF HIGH CARDS LEFT... WHEN THERES LOTS OF HIGH CARDS-- BET MORE
Furkan pasha (2 months ago)
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Mehmet Köroğlu (2 months ago)
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Kshitiz Gupta (2 months ago)
I am here because I just saw 21 .. -.- -. --- .-- -- --- .-. ... .
Kshitiz Gupta (2 months ago)
Awesome explanation
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BodhiZaffa (2 months ago)
a simple way to beat blackjack is if you lose, just double your bet. Keep doing that until you win again and win back what you lost. Statistically, its hard to lose more than 6 hands in a row.
Pranks313 (2 months ago)
How to count cards 101 Step 1. Realize there’s math involved. Step 2. Realize you failed math class then give up on counting cards. Step 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as needed
Bats N Bricks (2 months ago)
I tried this trick like four or five times and managed to count em right, but they found out that I'm counting. I still can't figure out how could they know...
Athletic Chicken (2 months ago)
Is it just me or does it confuse anyone else when he does his card tricks, kinda distracting, i came to learn to count cards not to look at a magic tricks
chandler smith (2 months ago)
Ace jack Q K +1 2-6 is. -1
wally west (2 months ago)
I don't wanna be racist, but this seems like math only Asians can do...
hangandrew (2 months ago)
this seems like calculous 2
Pablo Rotem (2 months ago)
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Reshiram52 (2 months ago)
Just set Luck to 10 and you're good to go
Leonard C (2 months ago)
Or you could just get a day job and apply your intellect to a meaningful pursuit. What is it with these kinds of people. Just a certain mentality of person.
Rockwell Butler (2 months ago)
banker player is better than dealer., like California rules.
Rockwell Butler (2 months ago)
Casino ban
Colin hurst-ashbaugh (2 months ago)
except they use automatic shufflers every 5 hands or so
choseni24 (2 months ago)
I got a question. If the first card is burned how can the count every be accurate? If its a 7, 8, or 9 thats fine. But if its 2-6 the count is +1. If 10-Ace its -1 correct? If thats the case does the first card not count?
Tantheman93 (2 months ago)
Ha. He would be Asian
Oscar Amaral (2 months ago)
Texas hold ‘em or die
Clarence LeFort (2 months ago)
Pegasus 2 count is the best.
Sonia Flores (2 months ago)
I nominate this comment section for outstanding comment section of the year
Evan Taaved Pert (2 months ago)
Hi Lo
The Laughing Lion (2 months ago)
so I hit on blackjack right?
WhatsHappening783402 (2 months ago)
Small Pound (3 months ago)
First of all, this video…wow! Great Job!
T.J. Kolberg (3 months ago)
I don’t get these comments. He did a great job, that was “stupid easy” (as they say). Great video, sir!
cerlyn tobias (3 months ago)
I could barely understand what he was even saying. That background music was horrible and way too loud.
Gio Mosqueda (3 months ago)
He lost me at the intro...
J H (3 months ago)
Ok so what do I need to do?
Prob_io (3 months ago)
Ooo a magician
Alexander Georg (3 months ago)
.... and when there is a shuffling machine on the table ... you can forget ALL of this ... :)
Jumee Hu (3 months ago)
Oh god... say what? 🙀You lost me sir at -1 +1.. yeah pretty much lost me at start lol
dBolotok (3 months ago)
You need to learn how to make instructional videos. We came here for words, not music.
Dwight Howard (3 months ago)
Who else had to go back and rewatch 1:19 to actually listen to what he was saying
Neo DC (3 months ago)
Wait, -1 + +1 = 3? Wait, what was the first one?
J U (3 months ago)
I understood nothing
Eagle Eye (3 months ago)
So confusing lol.
He is Lying..................!
Bubbas Ernie (3 months ago)
With practice, this doesn't seem that hard. I'm sure it's difficult in a real Black Jack setting and requires alot of focus. But the idea is not too bad.
iSirAnonymous (3 months ago)
Okay, but how do you play Black Jack?
Boston Dipper (3 months ago)
The concept itself is quite easy, its the mental mathematics and multitasking ability that eludes some people.
alien invasion (3 months ago)
Never expect to win in Vegas if you are an amateur

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