I've read through lotsa stuff on the forum here and other basic google searches, as well as the lessons found here: http://www.blackjackinfo.com/blackjack-school/blackjack-lesson-15.php Up to lesson 15.

So far, this is what I've understood it to be (roughly) -

2-6 | +1

7-9 | 0

10s / A | -1

I can count through a deck in about 40-45 seconds, almost always ending in a 0, sometimes with a 1 or M1 (minus 1), and I feel I've gotten a pretty good grasp on it. Hopefully I'll get that down to 30 seconds ending with a 0 every time, and eventually to a 20sec.

Basically I set a timer on my phone, shuffle the deck, and go: Have cards faceup in my hand, then count 1 by 1 through all 52 cards, usually ending in 0. Other times I'll have the deck face down, and place 3 cards face up on the table in front of me (I find this much easier due to cards that cancel eachother out.).

^ Am I doing that all right, or am I doing it wrong?

Few questions:

-At the end of each hand, you divide the "running count" by the remaining decks. I almost always play 6 deck bj. So let's say the count is a 10 and about 1 deck is used up, I divide 10 by 2 -> 5 ("true count"?). Now, when the dealer throws out the next hand, do I start at a +2, or do I re-convert the 'running count' back to 10 (multiply true-count by remaining # of decks in shoe) and start at a +10 when I count the next hand?

-If I'm new to the whole "figuring out how many decks are used" thing, and don't want to risk dividing the true count by the amount of remaining decks, could I play a hand or two and wait for there to be about 1 deck in the 'discard pile', then figure out the true count at that time? (So like, I'd only be figuring out the true count every 3 hands or so?)

-How long (for YOU) did it take to 'master' counting-cards to a level where you felt comfortable doing it in a casino?

-Any tips on learning?

Thanks for reading, sorry if my questions have been answered (couldn't find 'em ) or if this isn't the proper place to put this topic.

~RollingStoned