iPhone's Card Counting
Application Has Casinos Spooked
10 April 2009, Milton
Shaw, Staff Writer
since it was realized that the new iPhone has a card counting
application, casinos around the world have been in damage
control. Most have made the move to ban iPhones from their
problem with banning a device that is popular with so many
consumers is that you tend to lose considerable patronage.
And this is the last thing casinos need right now having already
lost players to online casinos.
cards, and effectively betting to the running count is a skill
that actually swings the mathematical edge of blackjack to the
player's favor. This means that all things being equal, a
card counter will in the long run, on the balance of probability
win more than he or she loses. Now in theory, card
counting isn't as difficult as it sounds. You don't
memorize every card dealt, but rather assign either -1 (10s and
pictures), 0 (7 through 9), or +1 (2 through 6) to the cards
dealt and keep a running number count in your head.
Basically the higher the number gets, the more you bet.
sounds very simple, its actually a very difficult thing to do
(and not look like you're doing it!) with all the distractions
of the casino environment.
iPhone application allows players to easily keep a running count
by tapping +1, 0, or -1 on the large multi touch screen.
Players can easily maintain an accurate count in even the most
distracting of environments, which is precisely what casinos are
for iPhone users with grand plans to use their new tool to play
blackjack online, note that counting is totally useless at
online casinos. This is because each deal online is from a
full virtual deck. If this were not the case, players
could not only count, but write down every single card dealt
between deals and the casinos wouldn't stand a chance.
course, this is also the case for all mobile phone blackjack
games. So while you've got a great little card counting
tool burning a hole in your pocket, its had to see how you can
use it to make money playing blackjack.
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