The running count is a statistic used in blackjack that reflects the number of times a player has drawn cards to stay in the game. The count is also known as the “hit count.”
The running count begins with the dealer and goes clockwise around the table. If a player has hit (covered) or doubled down (put money on two cards of the same rank), their running count is incremented by one.
If they subsequently draw another card, their running count is reset to zero. .
A player’s running count can provide valuable information about their chances of winning. For example, if a player’s running count is at five, this means that they have hit five times and are now in a better position to win than if their count was at four.
Conversely, if a player’s running count is at zero, this means that they have not hit yet and are very likely to lose the game.