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Uston APC Count: Winning Strategy of Blackjack Pro

As far as it is known, card counting systems can be created and developed for blackjack players of different level of knowledge: some of them are easy to understand for beginners, other ones were developed only for advanced players who knew the basics of card counting perfectly.

Card counting systems can be of 4 levels, and the level of a system depends on the way how a player should count cards using this system:

  • level system: a player counts cards by adding/subtracting 1 point for each card of a deck
  • level system: a player counts cards by adding/subtracting 1 and 2 points for each card of a deck
  • level system: a player counts cards by adding/subtracting 1, 2 and 3 points for each card of a deck
  • level system: a player counts cards by adding/subtracting 1, 2, 3 and 4 points for each card of a deck

Uston APC Count is a 3-level counting system, and it was developed for advanced players by a notorious blackjack player, expert and writer - Ken Uston - in 1980s. He did not use this system personally though it was really workable and it was possible to find many admirers of Uston APC Count who chose it to be the best and profitable counting system.

Details

This system was perfectly described by Ken Uston in his book Million Dollar Blackjack; APC means Advanced Point Count and it is a complicated method of card counting.

The table given below shows how you should count each card of a deck if you decide to use APC Count for winning at blackjack:

A card 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A

Value +1 +2 +2 +3 +2 +2 +1 -1 -3 -3 -3 -3 0

As you can see, Aces are counted as neutral cards here: it means that you have to count them separately from your general count, and it can be one of this system's drawbacks. Maybe that is why Ken Uston chose another system himself, as this system is recommended only for advanced and experienced blackjack gamblers.

Uston APC Count is a balanced system, and it means that you should start your counting with 0 and end it with a zero too. Do not forget to count not only your cards, but also the cards of a dealer and other players!

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