You Don't Need a PhD to Master Card Counting



Card counting isn't impossible to master. You don't need a PhD in statistics. In fact, one thing that makes card counting hard isn't the actual counting, it's something else. To dig into this, let me introduce my guest today. I think he's the world's most well -known card counter. With almost half a million subscribers on his YouTube channel and 45 million views in total, Stephen Bridges is probably the most recognisable card counter out there. Here he is introducing himself. Yeah, my name is Stephen Bridges and I'm a card counter, which basically means that I legally beat casinos at Blackjack. So I play high stakes and I film a hidden camera show about doing that. And I get into all sorts of trouble with the casinos whilst trying to beat the game. Now, some of you listening might be wondering what card counting actually is. Maybe you're like me. Maybe your perception was that card counting was a myriad of formulas and equations, incomprehensible to a layman like me. Well, it's not quite like that. So in essence, card counting involves keeping track of the cards that have been played in a game of Blackjack. And keeping track of them gives you an idea of what cards are remaining and what cards are likely to come. And then you can use that to gain an advantage over the house. So specifically in Blackjack, if there's a lot of tens and aces on the way and you're playing Blackjack perfectly, then you can gain an advantage. So in those situations, I'll bet loads of money. And when I don't have an advantage, I'll bet the smallest amount of money possible. So this really is playing the game in an unconventional way, although it wouldn't be considered cheating because you're just using the same information that all other players have access to at the table. And the thing I usually mention when anybody asks me if what I do is cheating is I'd say, can you name any game in the world where thinking too much or thinking in a particular way would be considered cheating? And usually the answer is no. And it's just imagine playing a game of chess and being told, oh, you can't think four moves ahead. Three moves ahead is fine, but not four moves

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