Cat and Mouse Game, Part 1

Who’s the cat and who’s the mouse?

I recently watched the movie “21-Bringing down the house” for the second time.  If you’re not familiar, it’s about a team of MIT students who learned to count cards in blackjack and won quite a bit of money from the casinos.

The true story of MIT blackjack card counters

Over the past six months or so I’ve begun learning how to count cards myself.  There are several myths that have been perpetuated about card counting.  I don’t know if it’s from casinos or other card counters, but it was portrayed in the movie as well.  The common belief amongst main stream society is that you have to be an intellectual genius in order to count cards.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

I’m not saying counting cards is easy, quite the contrary, it takes a lot of time and repetition.  Certainly a person’s IQ could determine whether it takes a long or short period of time to master counting cards, but your last name doesn’t have to be Einstein to learn the methods.

Many of the level-one High-Lo systems of today have been watered down, because people have come to realize that playing mistake free is much more important than the benefits of a level three system with a side count of aces and plenty of adjustments to basic strategy based on the count.  This may not make sense to you, but the point is there are many systems out there that are easy to learn and implement.

The true mathematical geniuses were those that first came up with basic strategy and the systems to count cards.  Roger Baldwin, Wilbert Cantey, Herbert Maisel and James McDermott (known as the 4-Horseman of blackjack) using only a basic desk calculator and their tremendous brainpower, laid the mathematical foundation for basic strategy.  Next was Ed Thorpe, the author of “Beat the Dealer”, the first book to reveal a card counting system.  Now those guys were smart, but they’ve done all the hard work for you, now you just have to use what they’ve already figured out.

Math professor Ed Thorp devised the first card counting system and made it public with "Beat The Dealer."

The problems arise once you get to the casino.  These days it is much harder to find a game that you can get a substantial advantage (1-2%).  If you are lucky enough to find one or even if you find one that gives you a decent advantage, now you have to keep from getting thrown out.

To Be continued…………

About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

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