card counting

Main Entry:  card counting
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a card game strategy (e.g. blackjack) in which a player keeps a mental tally of the cards played in order to calculate the probability of certain cards being dealt, therefore obtaining an advantage
Example:  Card counting is sometimes used to obtain a count of the distribution or remaining high cards in trick-taking games, such as contract bridge or spades.
Etymology:  1932
Usage:  also card counter, (n.)'s 21st Century Lexicon
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