Blackjack Card Counting Definition

Before you think of making use of a card counting strategy or adopting any of the card counting systems during game play you certainly need to learn the definitions. Card counting in blackjack may seem complex but at the end of the day it is easy. All you have to do is learn the system and make use of it during game play more often. 

In this guide, I will outline the commonly used definitions such as true count (TC), Running count (RC), Playing Efficiency (PE), Insurance correlation (IC) and others. The commonly used definitions in most card counting systems are the Running Count (RC) and True Count (TC).  

With all card counting systems, each card is given a point value and low cards usually carry a positive (+) point value while high cards carry a negative (-) point value. The entire concept of a card counting technique is to determine whether the shoe deck is high card rich or low card rich. Due to point values assigned to each card, when cards are played on the table, the running count either increases or decreases. 

A Running count that indicates a positive sign shows that more low cards have been played than high cards. The True Count (TC) determines the accuracy of the cards remaining in the show deck The True Count is calculated by dividing the Running Count over the number of decks being used in the variation. 

Other definition used is the Betting Correlation (BC) that indicates the effect of each card being removed from the shoe deck.  The Betting Correlation provides clear accuracy of cards remaining in the shoe deck and it is effective for variations that make use of more than 6 decks. 

Another card counting definition is the Playing Efficiency (PE) that looks at the betting situation in relation to the true count. In indicates whether a player should increase his or her stake size and it is effective for variations that make use of one or two decks. The only setback is that it provides a clear picture for a variation that makes use of 2 or single deck. 

Insurance Correlation (IC) determines whether a player should take insurance or not in the event when a dealer calls for insurance. With the IC, a player is able to determine whether the dealer is holding a blackjack or not. 

There are various card counting definitions available and these increase as the card counting systems advances. 

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