Blackjack is one of the most popular card games played in casinos worldwide. It is a card gambling game, where the players have to place bets against a banker, which controls the game.
Blackjack is an American variation of a card game named Twenty-One, which was first recorded playing in the 17th century in Spain. This game rose to prominence in France in the 18th century and from there spread across Europe and to the United States. In the UK, this game was developed in a game called Pontoon, where the rules are bit different than the American variant known as Blackjack, which was developed in the early 19th century, due to the legalization of gambling, which popularized it.
Over the years, players have tried to find ways to cheat the dealer, which include marking the cards, which result in revealing the card’s value. Various ways of marking cards include scratches, ink spots, and pigments. Players also used teams, which made it easier to scheme by distracting the dealer or sending signals to other players, but the most common way is counting cards.
Card counting helps to keep track of cards that have been previously dealt from the deck and determine the odds of the next card dealt. This helps in assessing when the deck will be reshuffled. Some players count cards by hand or by using electronic deceives or smartphone apps. This was common practice by a lot of players looking to cheat back in the day, leading to casinos prohibiting card counting and banning players who are caught doing so, however, things have changed since then. Nowadays, a lot of live casinos have opened up websites which allow players to gamble from the comfort of their own homes. This also affects card counting, due to a few reasons.
A lot of online casinos have special software running on their website which tracks card counting. This software can detect counting patterns from players. In addition, most online casinos use 6 or 8 decks cards, which have 50% penetration, meaning the number of cards that cut off by the dealer, relative to the cards dealt out. This makes counting cards much harder since the player has no idea of when and how many times the cards are shuffled, which makes it almost impossible to count the cards.
Online casinos made playing casino games easier and more accessible while taking all measures necessary to prevent players from getting an unfair advantage, so players are free to enjoy the games without cheaters getting in the way.