Memory Techniques for Cards

Learn the memory techniques used in card games. The learning skills are outlined below:Reduce the Cards to a Code. If you try to remember the number and face of each card as it comes up, you’re in trouble. You’ll just get bogged down trying to memorize “Six of Spades,” or “Queen of Hearts.” It’s too much for the best of brains. The brain likes simpler things. Try reducing the card to a simplistic code: you’ll be more likely to remember a two-part letter and number code. Instead of “Six of Diamonds,” remember “6D.” For “Ace of Clubs,” try “1C.” For face card “King of Hearts,” go with “KH.” Your memory will function better with this simple code. You can practice remembering card codes with a deck of cards.Fill a Filing Cabinet. Okay. Now you’ve got a code system for naming the cards. Here’s another memory training technique for cards. Imagine a one-drawer filing cabinet. Inside are several files, one file for each suit. Picture the labels on top of each file. While you’re playing cards, a card will be thrown down by the dealer or another player. Mentally take that card and put it in the appropriate file. You’ll find this visualization makes it easier to remember which cards have been played-and which cards are coming up.Practice Makes Perfect. Knowing about the code and the filing system won’t be enough for success at cards. Sorry to say, you’ll have to practice. A lot. Ideally, get together with some friends to simulate a gambling environment. Practice remembering the card codes, and file them in your mental filing cabinet. Review which cards have been played. Which ones are due to come up? Have the memory techniques made a difference?Learn More About Gaming. Most gaming is based on statistics and the laws of probability. If you skipped those subjects in school, go to a bookstore and find a book on gaming and probability. Why? It won’t do you much good to memorize the cards if you don’t know what to do with them. So learn more about gaming, and the formula that tell you which cards are most likely to come up. When you can remember the cards and estimate what will happen next, you’ll be in a good position to succeed. That’s when you’ll start counting the chips!Memory skills and game theory are essential partners to card playing. The third essential is experience and practice. Don’t skip out on any of the three. It takes all three to bring in the serious money!