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Card Counting On Black Jack 21- Advantages And Disadvantages Of Back Counting

The process of Back-Counting, is professionally known as “Wonging”, It’s basically a process when someone is standing behind the dealers table in which also has players on, and when the cards are being dealt, a count is also being taken. The proposed idea of Back- Counting was brought forward by Stanford Wong, and naturally because his name is Wong, the process was also named that.

The player will enter or “wong in” to the game when the count reaches a point at which the player has an advantage. The player may then raise their bets as their advantage increases, or lower their bets as their advantage goes down. Some back-counters prefer to flat-bet, and only bet the same amount once they have entered the game. Some players will stay at the table until the game is shuffled, or they may “wong out” or leave when the count reaches a level at which they no longer have an advantage.

Back-counting is generally done on shoe games, of 4, 6, or 8 decks, although it can be done on pitch games of 1 or 2 decks. The reason for this is that the count is more stable in a shoe game, so a player will be less likely to sit down for one or two hands and then have to get up. In addition, many casinos do not allow “mid-shoe entry” in single or double deck games which makes wonging impossible. Another reason is that many casinos exhibit more effort to thwart card counters on their pitch games than on their shoe games.

There is a difference between card counting and back counting, in which every hand is not played by the player. This adds benefits or advantages, For one, If there isn’t an obvious statistical advantage here, no hands will be played by the player. So while this is minimizing fluctuations and variance, the advantage of the player also increases. Another benefit is that it will not be necessary for a player to make bet changes often, and in some cases, not at all, the process of back counting eliminates this as well.

There are a few disadvantages to back-counting. One is that the player frequently does not stay at the table long enough to earn comps from the casino. Another disadvantage is that some players may become irritated with players who enter in the middle of a game, and superstitiously believe that this interrupts the “flow” of the cards. Lastly, a player who hops in and out of games may attract unwanted attention from casino personnel, and may be detected as a card-counter.

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