## Card Removal

While playing a fictional game of blackjack, the player noticed on the first draw there are 4 aces drawn. In a deck of 52, there are four aces: diamonds, spades, clubs and hearts. This means, simply, there are now no aces left or in other words: there is a zero chance of getting another ace. At this point, the user will want to bet the smallest amount available the 2nd round.

Odds in blackjack are dynamic, meaning the odds change from round to round. This is dependent on what cards were played in different rounds. Removing a card from multi-decks has a lesser effect because the chance of pulling a card from a 5-deck game is minimized; it will not impact the player’s expectation as much as a single-deck game.

## Single Deck Card Removal

There are certain cards that when removed, hurts the expectation of the player. If a flush of one suit, say 2,3,4,5,6 of diamonds appears on the first draw, the expectation of the player is increased by +0.71%. These are great odds. But, on the flip side, if a single ace from the first draw changes the expectation of the player by -0.59%. These are not so great odds.

In the same respect, if a 3 and a king is removed (remember: suit does not matter one bit in Blackjack), the strategy is simple math: -59 + 71= 12. Therefore, if a 3 and a king are drawn, the chances somewhat nullify each other. At this point, the small cards have a positive effect when removed from play and the four royals have a negative effect.

Removal of a 6 and an 8= positive effect

Non-removal of a king or ace= very positive effect

Removal of the 7, 8, 9= no effect

## Blackjack

Obtaining blackjack may seem like a pipedream, but blackjack favors the player over the house. A player who receives blackjack will obtain a higher payoff than the dealer. Therefore, if the player sees a large removal of small cards on that first draw, they should bet the farm because the chances of getting a small card on the second pull are slim. A thing to keep in mind: this applies only if the player receives a large card.

### Splitting

The art of taking more in betting is simply knowing what is favored over what is not favored. If the shoe is just brimming with ten/ace cards not yet pulled, the player needs to split when receiving an Ace, 7, 8, or 9.

### Double Down

The basic blackjack strategy calls for doubling down on the first pull of a 9, 10, and 11. If the dealer pulls a weak up card (anything less than a 7), and the shoe is full of a ten/ace possibility, the deck is in the gentle hands of the player.

### Card Counting Processes

- There is a process for counting cards. This is not so much a strategy as it is different systems.
- +1 for the small cards, -1 for large cards
- Removing small cards is not the same system of card counting. In terms of small cards, there should be an appointed number to represent each card. For example, a 2 has a tag of 5, a 3 had a tag of 10, etc. If a 5 is pulled with a tag of 25, it has a greater chance than a 2 card with a tag of 10. In the same respect, the user should assign a -5 to the large cards, thus resulting in a greater chance of removal.