Whenever people hear the term “card counting,” right away they have visions of geniuses with remarkable intelligence or “Rain Man” like talents. One of the many misconceptions about card counting is that in order to be able to count cards, you need to be a mathematical genius. I will concede that it helps to have a higher IQ, but really card counting can be learned by almost anyone.
- The true geniuses were the originators of blackjack basic strategies and card counting systems. They had to figure all of the mathematics behind each move, and formulate mathematical facts about proper play.
- A man like Ed Thorpe is a true mathematical genius. He is considered the “father” of card counting. For him to figure out how you can have an advantage over the casino playing Blackjack, is thinking on a level beyond which most of us are capable.
- However, today card counting mostly consists of memorization. If you practice enough and memorize what you need to know, pretty much anyone can count cards.
- I feel it is more important to be a good actor than highly intelligent. If you asked me which card counter I thought had a greater chance of success: someone who is of average intelligence but full of personality and a great actor, or someone who is an intellectual genius but socially inept or average. I would choose the actor every time.
- Much of the reason I didn’t continue counting cards is for lack of acting ability. I didn’t want to play the “cat and mouse” game that you must play to be a great counter. You can get away with card counting for a while by going unnoticed, but to be able to play for the long term you have to ingratiate yourself with the casino and have them believe there is no way you could be a counter. That is done with smoke and mirrors.
I will be coming out with my second professional gambling book in the series of three, and it will focus on Blackjack and card counting. I will go through the steps of how to learn card counting and how to apply it to become a true professional gambler.