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Reading playing card spots

4 August 2018

When counting cards at blackjack, it’s important to see each specific card that has been played or exposed. Sometimes it can be difficult because the dealer is very quick in scooping up a bused hand or the cards are at the other end of the table and hard to see. Trying to see the numbers or corner pips does not always work, therefore, you should learn to read the “spots” of the cards.

To help in learning to read the spots, make a special deck with the numbers and pips on the corners removed.

Do the following: obtain a normal 52-card deck and a bottle of white-out, liquid paper or correction fluid that is used to white out typing mistakes on white paper.

Using a small amount, so that it will not leave ridges which will make shuffling difficult, cover the numbers and pips on each corner of the cards. You do not need to white out the court cards, since they are always counted as a 10, but you need to white out the number 10 cards.

Allow the cards to dry overnight before using them. Use this deck for your counting drills which will also aid in learning to read the spots on the various cards in the deck.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• When it comes to playing cards, when giving the full written name of a specific card, the rank should be given first followed by the suit, e.g., “Ace of Spades.” Shorthand notation should also list the rank first “A?.”

• In April 2003, the U.S. military fighting in Iraq issued a list of the 55 most wanted Iraqi leaders, dead or alive. The list came in the form of a deck of playing cards, which was issued to thousands of coalition troops in the field to help them find the senior members of the Iraqi government.

• One of the earliest known playing cards came from Chinese Turkistan around 1100. The suits were coins, clubs, cups and swords.

• During the Napoleonic Wars, some French prisoners occupied their months of confinement by making playing cards out of leftover bones from their dinners.

• Playing cards have been known to make an excellent feeler gauge since they are so precise in thickness, varying from .010 to .011, depending on the make of the cards.

• In the early 1700s in the New England area, the Puritans imposed fines on adults caught playing cards. Children and servants were required by law to be reprimanded by their parents or masters. However, after a second offense, they were to be whipped publicly.

• Early playing cards in the 1300s were individually handmade and painted, which made them expensive to produce and at first restricted the market to only the well-to-do.

• The first documented account about playing cards in the Western world was in 1254, when King Louis IX of France issued an edict that forbade card games within France under the fear of punishment with a whip.

• It was in January 1867 that the US Playing Card Co. began business as Russell, Morgan & Co., a general printing company. Starting in 1880 the company began producing playing cards. Today its playing cards brands included Kem, Bee, Aviator, Maverick, Tuxedo, Hoyle, Tally Ho and Bicycle.

• Jokers in playing cards is truly an American invention. They were first introduced in the late 1860s. Initially they were called “Best Bower”, then the “Jolly Joker” and finally “Joker”, they were used as an extra card if a card in the deck was lost or damaged. Jokers were and still are used as a wild card in some card games.
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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel