Because the Ace-Five Count tracks only Aces and Fives, utilizing regular decks of cards has been shown to be questionably productive in drilling Ace-Five methods. What is needed is a deck of cards specially designed to properly drill the Ace-Five count – enter Boris’ Design-a-Shoe™ Facility.
With Design-a-Shoe,™ we can make up one or more .Cards files contain the “extra” Aces and Fives Kenny was talking about. For my personal drilling exercises, I began with a bare-bones Ace-Five practice deck consisting of 16-Aces and 16-Fives.
If you don’t sport a copy of Boris’ Design-a-Shoe™ Facility (it’s available online as Freeware and Shareware) you can make up practice decks by purchasing a dozen or so decks of cards and extract the cards you need. Used casino decks are ideal for this. Save the rest of the cards from each deck as they can be utilized later to make up other kinds of practice decks, or at least to “extend” the current ones. In the Drilling steps, we will see how this is done. The different .Cards files I used to accomplish each of the to-be-described steps are shown at the end of this article.
We begin with a pack of cards which consist of nothing more than 16-Aces and 16-Fives, putting the cards in alternating Ace-Five order. Deal the cards out one-at-a-time and then repeat the deal (using the same card order) 2 cards-at-a-time. In BOTH cases, notice how the Aces and Fives cancel each other out.
Sort the cards into Aces and Fives, placing one stack on top of the other. Again, deal the cards out, 1, 2 and 3 at a time. Notice how the count skyrockets and then plummets; or plummets and then skyrockets.
Give the Practice-Deck 3 reasonably perfect riffles. Again, deal the cards out, 1, 2 and 3 at a time. This time, the count will rise and full, eventually returning to 0. If you do not end with a 0-count, then you have made one or more errors in counting the point-values; assuming you have a complete Practice-Deck. Without shuffling the cards, run through them again and if necessary again and again, until you end up with a 0-count. Until you master this Togel step, do not move to Step 4.
At this stage, the goal is to repeat Step 3 (shuffling the cards each time), building up speed. While accuracy is of prime importance, speed is of next importance.
Having mastered steps 3 & 4, it is time to shake it up a little bit. We do this by throwing in some variables. In this case we simply add 16-8’s to the practice deck (good thing you saved the rest of the cards). 8’s are considered neutral cards, and are rated “0” in the BAPC accordingly. Adding 8’s does not change the count value at all – they are simply ignored; as they are in live play with the Ace-Five Count.
Having mastered Step 5, we advance one step further by adding 16-2’s and 16-9’s to the Practice-Deck. In the Boris Advanced Count, 2’s and 9’s are +1/-1 respectively. In the Ace-Five Count, they too are ignored; being present only to make the counting a bit more realistically difficult.
As you can see, the above approach increases in complexity along a reasonably smooth gradient; and then finally, takes off. If you wish, you can add a 7th and Final step:
Take a complete deck of cards and riffle it INTO the 80-card Practice-Deck used in Step 6. This 2 ½ decks more closely resembles live-action play; especially if you utilize a consistent series of casino-style riffles to shuffle the cards each time.
As you can see from the above 7-step process, we have indeed fulfilled Kenny’s recommendation of swinging “multiple bats” in the on-deck circle. In Part II of this article, we will take a further look at this idea of making up special decks in order to correct counting mistakes you may have trouble working-out.
While I am partial to using Boris for card-drilling, like with Blackjack play, Boris is good for VOLUME practice/play. Dealing live cards is also ALWAYS suggested. Because your Practice-Deck is “portable”, you can run your count-drills almost anywhere; something not always possible when using .Cards files. As you can see, there is a time and a place for BOTH methods – whatever it takes to become an expert.
Wrapping it all up
This article has been about how to learn a simple counting method and how to Drill it. This article is NOT about how to BET the Count. However, I will say that people tend to keep card-counts with the idea of betting higher in +Counts and lower in -Counts. While this kind of counting has some flaws in today’s shoe games, there are ways to bet the count to take advantage of today’s non-random shuffle procedures. How to do all this is a discussion for another article – Stay Tuned.
Go ahead – make up your own practice decks. Practice time awaits!