Feel like I’ll never count fast enough!

Using an app on my phone I can count exactly 44 cards in 30 seconds. Honestly super slow and that’s my fastest time. How long is this going to take to get better? Been practicing week to be honest.

And that’s just keep track of the running count. I don’t think I’m going to be able to do that, divide and constantly keep a true count, and adding up the value of my hand. So many numbers it hurts my brain.
The app is called 21 trainer. I’d like to see your guys scores if you download it! Thanks.


Getting better at this just takes practice. You gotta just put in the hours. First, count down a deck in a minute. Then push for 55 seconds...

One quick tip if you're having trouble holding the count in your head, if you're saying the number to yourself, don't say "minus 3, minus 2, minus 3..." Keep it shorter, Colin Jones uses M-2, M-3, I use D-2, D-3.
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delphigurusam said:
I guess not.
Thanks for your honesty. To the regulars here, this sentence tells us all we need to know about you: "I'd rather be lucky than smart when I'm playing blackjack."