Revere Point Count Card Counting

First appearing in Playing Blackjack as a Business, by Lawrence Revere, the Revere Point Count (RPC) is an advanced, balanced card counting system. Developed early on in the card counting revolution of the 1970s, RPC is a system so accurate and powerful it's widely used by professional blackjack players today. It's a little harder to master, but is more accurate than simpler, unbalanced card counting systems.

How the Revere Point Count Works

Lots of card counting methods use only values of -1, 0, and +1 for cards, but RPC instead eliminates the -1 in favor of including -2 and +2 values. The card values for RPC are as follows:

Revere Point Count Card Point Values

 2         3          4          5          6          7          8          9          10        A

+1      +2        +2        +2       +2      +1            0          0          -2         -2

Using these point values, he's a short example of how the count operates:

  • 1st card is a 10, so the count is -2.
  • 2nd card is a 4, so the count becomes 0.
  • 3rd card is a 2, so the count is now +1.
  • 4th card is a 5, making the count +3.

Running Count and True Count

That covers the basic operation of the Revere Point Count, but that's only the beginning. The RPC system actually requires the conversion of a running count into a true count not only in multi-deck games, but even blackjack games played with a single deck. To calculate the true count, players must take their running count and divide it by the number of half-decks still left to be dealt.

For instance, let's say you're playing a two-deck game. Your running count is +3, and there are one and a half decks left in the shoe, or three half-decks. Dividing the running count by the number of half-decks left (+3 divided by 3 half-decks) yields a true count of only +1. It's this calculation that helps lend more accuracy to the RPC card counting method.

A few players will keep a side count of Aces running while using RPC, but it's unnecessary. Though it can be useful to know how many Aces have been played, side-counts aren't needed to make betting decisions because of the Revere Point Count's balanced nature and because there's no Ace value to alter the running count.

With unique values, conversions, and half-deck counts, the RPC takes practice, but it offers a very accurate advantage calculation tool for skilled blackjack players.

Books about the Revere Point Count

The greatest resource for learning the Revere Point Count method of card counting is the book Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere, the creator of the system.