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"stephen bridges" Discussed on Nudge
"Counting cards gives players an edge over the casino. Counting cards while playing Blackjack is one of the only casino games where players can actually beat the odds. Rather than the odds being weighed against players, card counters will beat the casino over the long run. They'll win more than half the games they play. And card counting isn't cheating, it's totally legal. So why aren't casinos going bankrupt? How do casinos survive? And why aren't all of us quitting our jobs to count cards? Well, there's one surprising reason that stops card counters from endlessly cashing in. And it's not to do with the mathematics behind card counting, it's all to do with the psychology. Today, Stephen Bridges, who is arguably the world's most well known card counter, joins me on Nudge to explain the behavioural science secrets behind card counting. He explains what card counters need to do to win and how casinos bend the rules. Keep listening and you'll learn how to beat the odds. All that after this quick break. The podcast I'd like to recommend today is Billion Dollar Moves, hosted by Sarah Chen Spellings, and it is brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network, the audio destination for business professionals. An episode I'd like to recommend is actually an episode where I was a guest. It is called Shocking Tips to Lead and Build Influence with behavioural expert Phil Agnew. I don't know if I'm an expert, but thank you anyway, Sarah. On that episode, we talk about how to become more likeable, some tips for being an influential leader, how to build and scale your company whilst also appealing to your consumers in a scalable way, and what makes someone more likely to eat an imperfect cookie. So it's a really great show and it's a wonderful podcast. So please do go and listen to Billion Dollar Moves wherever you get your podcasts. Whenever I think of card counting, I think of that scene from the movie Hangover. In the movie, the characters lose all their money during a wild stag do in Las Vegas. The three main characters, Phil, Stu and Alan, are desperate to come up with a way to win back their money and find their friend. That's when they stumble across the idea of card counting as a way to win back their cash. The three characters take their seat at the blackjack table and then the character Alan begins to count the cards. As Alan quietly counts the cards, his expression shifts from excitement to focus. His eyes dart back and forth between the cards on the table and the calculations swirling in his head, while equations and numbers start to appear floating around his head, highlighting his intellect, his skill, his pure, raw intelligence. And that's always been my view of card counting. I've assumed it can only be done by incredibly smart mathematicians, the type of people who think a fun Friday night is discovering a new formula on Excel. But that's not true. Or at least that's not completely true. See, card counting isn't impossible to master. You don't
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