The Revere Point Count

The Revere Point Count is another great Blackjack card counting system developed by Lawrence Revere. This counting system is more accurate and viable than Lawrence’s Revere Plus-Minus Count because it can be used at both single and multi-deck Blackjack games. It is considerably more complicated than the Plus-Minus Count, but if you are serious about gaining an edge at the Blackjack tables this should not be a problem. The Revere Point Count made its debut in 1971 when Lawrence’s book Playing Blackjack As A Business was first published. Revere was a master mathematician and was also an innovative businessman. Developing Blackjack card counting strategies was only half of Lawrence’s business. After one of his counting strategies because popular he would work as a consultant for the major casinos to help them counter his own systems. It was really an ingenuous business plan because it created a demand for new counting systems. In this never ending cycle Lawrence was always the clear winner.

How To Use The Revere Point Count Blackjack System

Learning how to use the Revere Point Count requires a lot of study and practice. You will need to memorize the card point values first and foremost.

Maintaining a running count using the Revere Point Count strategy is going to be moderately difficult. Here are a chart of the card values for this system:

The Revere Point Count System

This count system assigns a value to every card except eights and nines, several more than the average card counting system. This is going to increase the number of calculations that you are going to have to make in the fast-paced and loud casino atmosphere. Many novice card counters underestimate the concentration required to use the Revere Point Count in the live casino environment. Many prematurely attempt to use this formula and end up losing the count after only a few hands. I recommend practicing at home with friends for quite a few hours before trying it an a casino.

The running count is not the only thing you have to do. You must figure out what the true count is before you can alter your bet to reflect any possible advantage or disadvantage. To find the true count using the Revere Point Count you will need to divide your running count by the number of half decks left in the shoe. Most card counting systems require you to divide by the number of decks so half decks will be a new concept to many of you. If you think about it though it will equate to a more accurate true count. Estimating the number of half decks left in the shoe will also take some practice but it isn’t that difficult.

If you have a running count of +7 and there are approximately 1.5 decks left you would divide +7 by 3. Your true count will be a little over +2.3, which can be rounded up to +2.5 to simplify things. Here is a practice hand you can use to make sure that you fully understand how the Revere Point Count works. Let’s assume that your running count was at zero previously and there are 3 decks remaining in the shoe after this hand was dealt.

  • Player 1: 4h-5s-2c-5h
  • Player 2: Js-Qd
  • Player 3: 4s-5d-Ah
  • You: 4c-9h
  • Dealer: 3s-6d-8h

The running count will be +11 and there are three decks, which is 6 half decks. Your true count will be 1.83 which can be rounded up to 2. Rounding isn’t necessary but the Kelly criterion, a mathematical principle used in Blackjack card counting, indicates that you should adjust your bets in proportion to the value of the true count. If you have a true count of +8 the amount that you increase your bet to should be higher than it was when the true count was +2. It helps to have a game plan in regards to how much you increase your wager when the true count indicates a definite player advantage. The accuracy of the Revere Point Count is comparable to more complex methods like the Wong Halves Count but it will still take a considerable amount of time and effort to master.