The dark art of counting cards at the game's table has always been a mainstay of many professional blackjack player's arsenal. But casinos have gotten wise to the practice. In order to mitigate the effects of counting cards, casinos have introduced both automatic shuffling machines as well as multiple decks for each game. This certainly throws a spanner in the works. Having said that, if you can master blackjack deck estimation, then you can move the odds ever so slightly more into your favour.
By recruiting the smartest and most daring students at several top universities across the US, Bill Kaplan was able to form the greatest card counting team in the history of Blackjack. The MIT team devised a system of play and set off to conquer casinos up and down the country. Using a spotter to see when the game play was hot, another team member would then take a seat at the table to clean up with high stakes bets. Their efforts made them all millionaires in their early 20's.