How to Count Cards Using the Revere Point Blackjack System

Unusual ‘Half Deck’ True Count System from Revere

The Revere Point Count first appeared in Lawrence Revere’s book ‘Playing Blackjack as a Business’ back in 1971. This is one of several systems developed by the writer and entrepreneur and is a step up from the more straightforward ‘Revere Advanced Plus-Minus Count’. This system is a more complicated one than many, as you’ll have to use a range of values for the cards, as well as have a further calculation in working out the ‘true count’.

Just like virtually every other card counting system, the count tells whether the cards remaining in the shoe are advantageous to the player or to the dealer. When the count is a positive one, the player has the edge, so should therefore look at increasing the bet size, while a negative count is seen as better for the dealer meaning that bet sizing should be reduced.

This system is balanced, meaning that when all the cards have been dealt, the final count should return to zero. If using this system for the first time, it is an idea to practice the count with a deck of cards or play amongst friends, ensuring that you do indeed end up with a count of zero. 

Rules of the Revere Point Count

Being a balanced system you’ll start with a count of zero. You’ll now add or subtract to the running count based upon the following values:

Any three, four, five or six adds 2 to the count.

Any two or seven adds 1 to the count.

Any ten, jack, queen, king or ace subtracts 1 from the count.

Any 8 or 9 is considered neutral, so the count remains unchanged.

So, if the running count was +4 and the next card was a three, this would be increased to +6.

However, now you have the ‘running count’ you have another calculation to perform to find the ‘true count’. Usually, to find a ‘true count’, you’ll simply divide the ‘running count’ by the number of decks left in the shoe, although using this system you’ll divide the ‘running count’ by the number of half decks left in the shoe. For example, if you have a running count of +4 and you consider that there are two decks left to deal, you would divide +4 by 4 (two decks equate to 4 half decks) to give yourself a ‘true count’ of +1.

Now you have the ‘true count’ you’ll know whether the remaining cards in the deck are advantageous. A positive count indicates this, so you should increase your bet size. While there are no exact staking plans, the higher the true count is, the more you should increase the bet size. Conversely, a negative count should see the bet sizes decreased. A negative count means that the original house edge has now increased, so you might want to consider simply leaving the table, although doing this may mean you might miss an opportunity if the count swings into the positive again.

As with any other card counting system, you have to be aware that the casino is looking out for systematic play. This means that you have to be smart with your betting by mixing it up and not appearing that you are playing to some sort of plan.

Pros and Cons of the Revere Point Count

The biggest advantage of the Revere Point Count is the edge that it will give you over the house. Every game of blackjack has an inherent house edge, but accurate card counting can see that edge turned around so the player now has the advantage. Using this system, you’ll have a greater advantage than many other systems, making it one of the more attractive card counting systems out there.

The downside to this system is that it is more complicated than many others. First, the running count is more difficult than the majority of other systems. Whereas you’ll usually find just -1 and +1 values when card counting, here you’ll add in the further +2 and -2. While this might not sound over complicated, in a fast-paced casino with all the added distractions you’ll want the count to be as easy as possible to calculate. You’ll then have the further step of converting the running count into the true count, made even more complicated by the fact that you have to consider half decks.

Revere Point Count Blackjack Card Counting System – Overview

This card counting system isn’t one for the novice, so starting out with a more straightforward system can be a good idea. Having become an accomplished card counter however, moving onto using the Revere Point Count will pay dividends as the edge over the house becomes a greater one and your blackjack play will become all the more profitable.