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Devastated, Pinoko attacks her, calling her a fool and a murderer, sobbing that she could never understand. The woman quickly takes off, leaving Pinoko behind with Black Jack. In this episode, we take a glimpse into Black Jack's childhood. Kuro Hazama's classmate from middle school, Gerra, loves to laugh. Kuro asks him why he laughs so much and his classmate says it is because he likes being happy and bringing joy to other people. Gerra then tries to encourage Kuro to laugh too.

When Kuro visits Gerra's house, he learns that Gerra's parents abandoned him because they couldn't pay their debt. Then goons from the mafia came to his house and stabs Gerra in the neck with a dart. His injury was so severe that Gerra could never laugh again. Kuro promises to be a doctor so that he can cure him. When he comes to check on his friend during his college years, he finds him bedridden and still unable to laugh. Black Jack operates on him and it is successful, until he receives a call informing him that his former classmate has just died laughing.

The culture festival is here again for many high school. But wait, someone is wrecking them! Jaw a boy who think he is all that. But, He finds out he has a heart problem that will cause his death. He will not able to fight so he decide to protect people and the culture festival till he get better. But will he have a change of heart for others too?

The plane Black Jack and Pinoko are on crash lands during a blizzard, balancing precariously at the edge of a loose crevice. The passengers panic until a talented and famous violinist, Morozov calms them with his music. Rescue teams cannot get to them in the snow, so the captain leads them all to a barn km away. Because of the wind, passengers are prohibited from taking their luggage, including Black Jack.

Morozov stubbornly refuses to leave his violin, tying it to him with his scarf. A passenger sneaks a flask with him, but drops it in the fierce winds. It knocks Pinoko in the head, and her small body is pulled by the storm towards the crevice. Morozov dives to catch her, but his violin is blown away from the effort.

Devastated, he tries to reclaim it but is deterred. Black Jack tells him not to go out, warning him of frostbite.

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Morozov sneaks out in the night anyway. Black Jack finds the violinist unconscious in the blizzard, and his fingers frostbitten. Without his own instruments, Black Jack cannot restore the fingers and must amputate them back at the barn. Morozov comments they both now know not to let go of their most precious possessions. Pinoko notices money is mysteriously showing up at Black Jack's home. Soon, Black Jack and Pinoko discover a Japanese robin who is leaving the money, but why? They find out a boy is sick with from tumor, and the robin it trying to save him just like the boy had saved its mate.

Sharaku scares Pinoko with a story from a horror book. But, there might be some truth behind the story after all. A man with a face wrapped in bandages comes to visit Black Jack. What is he hiding? He has Dissociative Identity Disorder with two personalities. An apparently violent one emerged when his face distorted from a carbuncle. Black Jack operates and restores his face, but it returns.

After a second operation, both the carbuncle and personality are gone. Black Jack goes to collect the money, only to find the man waiting to kill him! What is going on?

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And will Black Jack and Pinoko manage to escape from this crazed man? Black Jack is hired to act the part of a man's son to operate on his ill older brother. Reluctantly, Black Jack agrees. While waiting to meet with him, the story of the two brothers is told to Black Jack and Pinoko. As a promise to their dying father, the elder brother worked hard to send his younger brother to become a doctor, though he was obviously not cut out for it. Under the pressure, the younger brother ran away and started his own successful company, but his son is revealed to be studying in America to become a doctor.

Black Jack refuses to operate immediately, demanding a week to prepare. When the time for the procedure comes, the suspicious elder brother identifies BJ for who he is and stubbornly refuses to be treated, as it is not his nephew. However, Black Jack had already gone and fetched the nephew from New York, and the operation proceeds after the two brothers reconcile. Biwamaru, an acupuncturist, heals people with his needle for no payment, even curing a few of Black Jack's patients, much to the doctor's disgruntlement.

He warns Biwamaru not to treat his patients anymore, though Biwamaru replies he goes where his senses tell him. The acupuncturist visits another patient of Black Jack, a young girl, and treats her using a needle and leaves. Black Jack rushes to the girl's house, bringing Biwamaru with him. He shows Biwamaru that the girl has an extreme fear of needles, causing her to have debilitating panic attacks. He treats her, telling Biwamaru that needles aren't always the way to heal patients. Later, Biwamaru returns the favor by using a needle to heal Black Jack's weak intestines.


A bomb is detonated in a train station, in which BJ brings support to the injured. There are four suspicious suspects, who are held for questioning. A young woman who lost her sight due to the bomb is the only witness. Since the eye was destroyed, any operation to restore her sight would only work for five minutes at most. Black Jack agrees to proceed anyway, with the patient's consent. The witness IDs the culprit, who is immediately arrested. A gang of rough high school girls steal a locker key from a woman on the street. They open the locker expecting something worth money, but find a baby inside instead.

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The girls panic and decide to leave it there, but the heart of the leader softens and she takes him to be seen by Black Jack when he gets seriously ill. Black Jack treats him, but says he is malnourished and needs to be seen in a hospital. The girl resists and leaves, sneaking out at night to care for the baby, until she is caught by her parents.

What will happen to the baby? Why did she care so much anyway? A young man goes to a desert and falls to his death, but then returns to Japan a few months later. How can this be? Black Jack changed two peoples' faces and now each is deceiving the other. Will they find out each other's secrets?

This karte is the tragic life story of a model, how she became trapped in a marriage as somebody's piece of art, escaped but needed to be admitted into a hospital shortly afterwards. She flees from the hospital, fearing that she would be trapped again. Black Jack misses his train, and sees her collapse, he saves her at the train station saying that if she wants to repay him, she should buy him a bowl of ramen. But when she is well, she tells him that because he saved her, she fell in love at the hospital with the man that she married, she offers to pay Black Jack for saving her, but BJ says that he won't accept money from her, even in the size of a bowl of ramen.

This is the story of why the piece of skin beside the scar on Black Jack's face is a different colour. Black Jack is in Europe when gets to see his old friend Takashi, Black Jack explains to Pinoco that Takashi was the friend who gave him the most precious gift of all, a piece of his skin. Pinoko wants to get into high school, having received a middle school diploma through a mail-order service.

When she goes to apply for the entrance exam, she's laughed off campus due to her young appearance. Finding Pinoko dejected and with the urging of her friends, Black Jack bribes the chairman into letting her take the exam. Sharaku and Watou enthusiastically volunteer to help her study, but Black Jack warns them not to push her too hard as her synthetic body tires as easily as a child's. Pinoko studies hard and gets to the exam, but collapses with severe stomach pain. Black Jack operates on her, confirming his suspicions that her body can't handle the stress that comes with a competitive high school environment.

Pinoko then decides she'll try kindergarten next, but proves to be a bit too rambunctious for the little tykes. There is a very old tree in a park in the next town, to which Pinoko and the others discover. This karte is about their attempts to protect this old tree and the life of the old man.

This karte is about a female surgeon, the rumours say she is as cold as ice, that she is like a female Black Jack, thus the nickname she received at her hospital; Black Queen. This karte is about two people, how their fates became intertwined when Black Jack saved the life one of the two. Black Jack has a job in a small town near a factory, and tells Pinoko she has to stay home because of her bad cold. While on his way to his hotel, he meets a young girl who looks almost identical to Pinoco. How could this be? And she has a fatal lung disease, too.

Black Jack is given a chance to redeem his medical license, but refuses and is arrested. During Black Jack's imprisonment, an Italian billionaire who was encountered in the other series begs Black Jack to save his grandson, knowing that Black Jack was the only doctor with the necessary talents. The head of the medical association in Japan refuses to release Black Jack despite the billionaire's attempts at bribery, and the operation is taken on by Dr. White who attempts to do the operation using a robotic surgical aid. The billionaire visits Black Jack in jail and tells him of the boys miraculous recovery, but Black Jack states that the recovery was too dramatic, and the boy dies anyway.

Enraged at the death of his grandson, the billionaire puts out a hit on the son of the head of the medical association. Black Jack is released from prison and ordered to save the boy. Black Jack's father contacts him for the first time in 21 years and asks Black Jack to perform plastic surgery on his second wife, Renka. Black Jack, still holding a grudge on his father for walking out on him and his mother when they were injured in a bombing, does the surgery under the instructions to make the woman "The most beautiful woman alive.

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After he arrives at his house, a bomb detonates, much in the same way that happened to him when he was a boy. Pinoko, refusing to believe that Black Jack is dead, continues to try and dig through the rubble of their bombed out house. For a while, she lives in the diner owned by Black Jack's friend Tetsu, but is later adopted by a family that runs a local hospital.

Pinoko still rejects her predicament, and later spots someone in a black cloak, similar to the one Black Jack wore. It is then revealed that Black Jack had survived the bomb blast thanks to help from his friends, Toriton the killer whale and the father and son fishermen. Black Jack goes into hiding to prevent putting Pinoko in danger in case the group that was after him tries another assassination attempt, though he later comes out of hiding and takes Pinoko with him when he discovers an old picture in the clinic once owned by Dr.

Honma, Black Jack's mentor. Black Jack and Pinoko go to Europe trying to track down Dr Kreutzer, a man that Black Jack recognized in the photograph he found at Honma's clinic, which was his only lead on the people that tried to kill him. While at a hospital run by Kreutuzer, Black Jack runs into a little girl named Suzie who mistakes Black Jack for the devil because of his black clothing. Black Jack befriends the little girl later, who refers to him as "Dr.

Black coffee", and enters the hospital where he finds out that Kreutzer has been in a persistent vegetative state after a car accident for tow months. Black Jack is asked to imitate Dr. Kreutuzer and perform an operation on a cancer patient. At first Black Jack refuses, though he later accepts the job once Pinoko reveals to him that the patient he was asked to work on is the little girl's mother. After seeing him at Kreutzer's hospital, Black Jack goes after Dr. Stein, a major leading expert on prosthetic limbs and organ transplants. Black Jack also encounters a woman whom he was familiar with, Dr.

He discovers that Stein was about to perform an operation that would attach an experimental robotic arm to an aspiring pianist. Black Jack fails to get any answers from Dr. Stein, but does talk to the boy who was about to receive the robotic arm. The boy admits that he does not want the robotic arm which would enable him to play the piano with simple thought but would rather keep his human arm and learn to play the hard way.

Black Jack saves the boy's arm, and then attempts to follow Dr. Stein to England, meanwhile the assassins still hot on his heels.

With the help of a woman doctor named Ayako whom he met during his encounter with Dr. White, Black Jack attempts to reach England by riding in the Sky Hospital, a military aircraft that had been converted into a fully functioning clinic owned by Dr. While he is on board, a pack of rogue militants hijack the plane, interested in turning it back into a fighting craft and using to help their own people.

Though the passengers and crew of the plane resist the terrorists, one of them detonates a stun grenade in the cockpit. The pilots and one of the terrorists are badly injured by shrapnel generated by the grenade, and the plane itself begins losing fuel.

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Black Jack and Dr. White are forced to try and save the lives of the injured and safely land the damaged Sky Hospital. Black Jack and Pinoco go to a middle eastern town after leaving the damaged Sky Hospital. While there, they befriend a fellow Japanese man named Aritani there for business, who leaves after a drink.

Later that night Black Jack is arrested and accused of murder. He is cleared of the charges thanks to Aritani. Black Jack makes an agreement with Aritani saying that he would repay the favor with a free treatment. Later, Aritani is convinced to take the fall for his company which was funneling money illegally. But after claiming to be responsible for the dirty play, Aritani is thrown in front of a train in an assassination attempt disguised as a suicide.

Desperate to save Aritani's life, Black Jack uses some of his savings to buy out the hospital Aritani was being kept at after he inspires the proper owner with his determination. Black Jack saves Aritani and receives his first real lead on the group after his life. Black Jack finally arrives in England to find Dr. Stein where he hears of a man who's been in a coma, unaged, for 65 years. Stein wants to analyse him to find out why he hasn't aged, thinking it will give them information about eternal youth; but the patient's niece has hired Dr.

Kiriko to put an end to it. Black Jack successfully operates on the patient, but afterwards the patient ages and dies upon finding out that his family had died.

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  5. Stein also dies of a curious disease called "Phoenix disease" after revealing to Black Jack that it was him who urged Dr. Honma to try organ transplants on Black Jack when he had come to hospital torn to bits 21 years ago, and giving him the name of another doctor, Dr. George, currently in New York, who might be able to help Black Jack with his quest. Black Jack and Pinoko travel to New York. Bart, now the head at Dr.

    George's hospital, asks Black Jack to help him operate on his mother, Catherine Bart, because she has Honma's Hematoma. Black Jack, remembering his mentor's words not to get involved in that disease, refuses. Later, Black Jack discovers the clock that was in the photo he found. Benitokage, the female assassin sent by the shady organization shows up and shoots Black Jack in the heart. She is also ordered to retrieve something that belongs to Catherine Bart. Black Jack is alive because his mother's pendant stopped the bullet from penetrating him.

    He operates on the doctor's mother and discovers a Type Hydra artificial heart. It is a heart that keeps on pumping even when it is extracted from the host. They replace the Type Hydra with another artificial heart that Black Jack requests and saves her life. They discover that the Type Hydra was designed by Hazama Kagemitsu, Black Jack's father through a microfiche that was inside Mio's pendant.

    The doctor's mother tells Black Jack how his parents met and how she got the artificial heart. The order to kill Black Jack is called off for now by the head of the organisation. Black Jack arrives at the cottage that Dr. George was living in but gets shot at by the doctor's daughter mistaking Black Jack to be her brother.

    It is later found that her brother is none other than the infamous Dr. Kiriko, who has been trying to relieve his father of the pain and euthanize him much to his sister's protest. Black Jack successfully operates on Dr. George but his operation is foiled by Kiriko who had given up already, much to Kiriko's own dismay. Black Jack revives Dr. George again but he has the incurable phoenix disease and dies from it anyway.

    Black Jack and Pinoco are in Canada. He goes into the mountains to find Dr. George's research lab however, Benitokage is still pursuing him along with her henchman. During a violent confrontation she is injured and the weather gets worse with heavy blizzard. Black Jack decides to rescue and help her. Black Jack tries to find answers to the mysterious Phoenix disease and finally stumbles across a document in the cottage cellar when Benitokage gains conscious and takes Pinoco hostage and attempts to kill Black Jack again, but an avalanche suddenly crushes the entire cottage trapping all three of them in the cellar.

    The document about the phoenix disease ends up being lost in the snow. Black Jack and Pinoko come to Africa looking for answers when they run into Sharaku who had come to excavate with his father. Black Jack, concerned with Pinoco's safety requests Sharaku's father to send her back to Japan with Sharaku that devastates Pinoco. She meets a grocery boy named Al who has a very sad story of his own. Al's parents had died in a flood that hit the area 10 years ago, the only family left is his twin brother Niko whom he gave away for adoption in hopes that Niko will have a better life than his.

    But he falls ill and needs an urgent liver transplant that only a family member can give. Niko agrees instantly but is afraid that if his adoptive mother finds out that he is not her real son, who also died in the flood, she might lose the will to live. But things work out for the better and the two brothers are reunited and both adopted by Niko's new parents. However, many villagers have already died from various ailments caused by Phoenix disease. Black Jack persuades the reluctant pilot to fly further towards Arnol Village. There they befriend a local kid, Mary, who takes them to Dr.

    Mary's mother falls ill and is rescued by Black Jack but in turn he collapses dues to a poisonous insect bite. Upon finding out that Black Jack is Hazama Kagemitsu's son he reveals that he was an apprentice of Dr. Honma at the time the Noir Project was found. He tells Black Jack the truth about Noir Project and the organization, and how the Head of the organization, Zen Mantoku, had used everyone as test subjects, spreading the epidemic of the dreadful Phoenix disease caused by a virus that was found by Dr. Kuma is seriously injured while trying to save Pinoco and Mary from a black panther.

    He is then saved by Black Jack and all the villagers who donate blood to save him. The helicopter returns with an urgent message for Black Jack regarding his father. Black Jack's father falls into comatose and Black Jack is urgently called by Renka. He thinks it's about saving his father but instead she asks him to stay and be a part of the family, however, Renka's daughter is under the impression that Black Jack is after her father's fortune.

    Black Jack refuses and plans to leave but the organization henchmen kidnap Pinoko and lure Black Jack in to a trap, where he is forced and threatened to give up his mother's pendant. Meanwhile, Black Jack's father passes away. Just then Benitokage appears and saves Pinoco and Black Jack, but another henchman knocks them both and takes Black Jack to meet Zen Mantoku, head of the organization and also Renka's father. Mantoku tells Black Jack the reason his father left him and his mother was to protect them from the organization and offers Black Jack to work for him and his organization instead.

    But Black Jack refuses, declaring that all the secret about the noir project has been already revealed to the world and also reveals the true identity of Benitokage, who then works together with Black Jack and helps him escape. Black Jack is wounded but he operates on himself, with the help of Dr. Kuwata who comes to his aid on Pinoco's request via email, using his dad's skin which he requests Renka as a deal to never interfere with their lives again.

    Finally, when Black Jack and Pinoco are set to return to Japan at the Airport, he is targeted with a Sniper Rifle at which Benitokage saves his life by sacrificing her own. Black Jack is ready to go back to Japan with Pinoko when he is requested to come to the Sky Hospital and check on Zen Mantoku, who also happens to suffer from Phoenix Disease, by a direct request of Dr. Initially reluctant, Black Jack agrees in performing the operation with the help of Dr.

    However, Renka, aggrieved by the loss of her husband and daughter, and enraged by the fact that Black Jack gave her the face of her husband's former wife, secretly plots to kill Black Jack and get the cure so she can make money from spreading the Phoenix disease. One of Renka's henchmen tries to hijack the Hospital, causing Mantoku to get out of the Capsule spreading the Phoenix Disease within the aircraft.

    Black Jack tells Dr. White to change course to the North Pole. Later the Sky Hospital receives a call from the US Alaska base and are told that the Doctors from all the world are trying to find the cure to the Phoenix Disease, one of them being Dr. Kuma revealing that they only have 21 hours to cure or die. If a player chooses to take insurance they place an additional bet equal to half of their original bet.

    This insurance bet wins if the dealer has Blackjack. The dealer now checks their down card to see if they have Blackjack. If they have Blackjack they expose their down card. The round is concluded and all players lose their original bet unless they also have Blackjack. If a player and the dealer each have Blackjack the result is a push and the player's bet is returned. Any insurance bets are paid out at 2: If the dealer does not have Blackjack any insurance bets are lost and any players who have Blackjack are paid.

    It is then the turn of the remaining players to take their actions. Starting with the player sitting furthest to dealer's left they have the following options:. The player can take this action after any of the other player actions as long as their hand total is not more than The hand signal to Stand is waving a flat hand over the cards. Hit — If the player wishes to take another card they signal to the dealer to by scratching the felt beside their hand or pointing to their hand. A single card is then played face up onto their hand.

    If the hand total is less than 21 the player can choose to Hit again or Stand. If the total is 21 the hand automatically stands. Double Down — If the player considers they have a favourable hand, generally a total of 9, 10 or 11, they can choose to 'Double Down'. To do this they place a second wager equal to their first beside their first wager.

    A player who doubles down receives exactly one more card face up and is then forced to stand regardless of the total. This option is only available on the player's two-card starting hand. Some casinos will restrict which starting hand totals can be doubled. Where the player chooses to do this the cards are separated and an additional card is dealt to complete each hand.

    If either hand receives a second card of matching rank the player may be offered the option to split again, though this depends on the rules in the casino. Generally the player is allowed a maximum of 4 hands after which no further splits are allowed. The split hands are played one at a time in the order in which they were dealt, from the dealer's left to the delaer's right.

    The player has all the usual options: A player who splits Aces is usually only allowed to receive a single additional card on each hand. Normally players are allowed to split two non-matching value cards, for example a King and a Jack. If Aces are split and the player draws a Ten or if Tens are split and the player draws an Ace, the resulting hand does not count as a Blackjack but only as an ordinary In this case the player's two-card 21 will push tie with dealer's 21 in three or more cards.

    Surrender — Most casinos allow a player to surrender, taking back half their bet and giving up their hand. Surrender must be the player's first and only action on the hand. In the most usual version, known as Late Surrender, it is after the dealer has checked the hole card and does not have a Blackjack.

    After all players have completed their actions the dealer plays their hand according to fixed rules. First they will reveal their down card. The dealer will then continue to take cards until they have a total of 17 or higher. This rule will be clearly printed on the felt of the table. If the dealer busts all non-busted player hands are automatically winners. If a player wins a hand they are paid out at 1: If the player has Blackjack they are paid at 3: This effectively results in a push overall for the hand.

    In some casinos the players' initial two-card hands are dealt face down. All additional cards dealy to the player are given face up. The initial cards are revealed by the player if the hand goes bust, or if the player wishes to split a pair. Otherwise the dealer reveals the cards at the end of the round when it is time to settle the bets. This style of game is rare nowadays: Dealer's second card is dealt after all players have acted, and the dealer checks for Blackjack at this point. Player Blackjacks are paid at the end of the round if the dealer does not have Blackjack.

    If the dealer has Blackjack the rules regarding Doubled and Split hands vary from casino to casino. Some casinos will take both bets while others will only take the initial bet and return the other. It should be noted that some casinos have started to offer a reduced payout on Blackjack, most commonly 6: This is very bad for the player, increasing the House Edge significantly. Any game offering a reduced payout on Blackjack should be avoided by players. The maximum number of hands that can be created by splitting depends on the rules in the casino: When splitting 10 value cards, not all casinos will allow players to split non-matching 10 cards.

    For instance, in some casinos you could split two Jacks but could not split a King and a Jack. Also, some casinos will limit which card ranks can be split. House rules will dictate whether the player is allowed to Double after splitting, and whether a player who splits Aces is allowed to receive more than one additional card on a hand.

    A few casinos may offer Early Surrender in which the player can take back half of their bet and give up their hand before the dealer checks for Blackjack. This is very rare nowadays. In European style games There is normally no Surrender option. If Surrender were offered it would of course have to be Early Surrender. The side rule is rarely offered. When it is in effect, a player who collects a hand of five cards two cards plus three hits without going bust is immediately paid even money, irrespective of the dealer's hand.

    Blackjack can be played at home, rather than in a casino. In this case a fancy Blackjack table is not needed: Unless the players have agreed in advance that the host should deal throughout, to ensure a fair game the participants should take turns to be the dealer. The turn to deal can pass to the next player in clockwise order after every hand or every five hands or whatever the players agree. If playing with a single deck of cards, it is desirable to re-shuffle the cards after every hand.

    Nightclubs and pubs in Sweden often offer a Blackjack variant that is less favourable to the players. All the essential rules are the same as in the casino version unless the player and dealer have an equal total of 17, 18 or In the casino version the player's stake is returned in these situations, but in Swedish pubs the house wins.

    First and foremost, as a general rule the player should never take Insurance. Unless using an advanced and mathematically proven strategy that will alert the player to the rare situations in which Insurance is worthwhile, it should be avoided as a bad bet for the player. Next, it should be understood that every possible combination of player hands and dealer up card has a mathematically correct play.

    These can be summarized in what is known as a Basic Strategy table. However, certain plays in the table need to be modified according to the specific combination of rules in force. To be sure of playing correctly, it is necessary to generate a Basic Strategy table for the specific rules of the game being played. Various tools are available online to do this. We would recommend this Blackjack Basic Strategy Calculator. It should be noted that even playing perfect Basic Strategy for the rule set in play, the player will still usually be at a disadvantage.

    Card Counting provides the player a mathematically provable opportunity to gain an advantage over the house. It must be understood that this does not guarantee that the player will win. Just as a regular player may win though good luck despite playing at a disadvantage, it is perfectly possible for the Card Counter to lose through an extended period of bad luck even though playing with a small advantage over the House.

    The basic premise of Card Counting is that mathematically speaking, low cards on average are beneficial to the dealer while high cards favour the player. There are many subtle reasons for this but the most significant are:. So the Card Counter looks for times when there are more high cards left to be played than a regular deck would have. Rather than trying to remember each card that has been played, the Card Counter will usually use a ratio system that offsets cards that are good for the player against cards that are good for the dealer.

    The most commonly used Card Counting system is the HiLo count , which values cards as follows:. To keep track the player starts at zero, adds one to the total every time a low card is played and subtracts one from the total when a high card is played. It may seem counter-intuitive to subtract one for high value cards that are good for the player, but a high card that has been played is one less high card that is left to be played. Where the Running Count is positive the player knows that there are more player favourable cards remaining to be played.

    When kept correctly the Running Count will start at 0 and, if all the cards were to be played out, would end at 0.