Free iPhone App Idea

Written by on Jul 16 2008

Since iPhone apps and Xcode are the buzz words of the week here’s an idea and even a mock-up for you. The idea is a training app for counting cards using the hi/low method. Wouldn’t you like to train your mind to count cards on your iPhone? Of course you would, so just nod and continue reading.

How does card counting work? Each card has a numeric value. Keep a running tally of the sum of the values as the cards come up. Here are the values:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (small cards)…………………. +1
7, 8, 9 (neutral cards)……………………….. 0
10, J, Q, K, Ace (big cards)……………….. -1

How app works:

  • Start the Game
  • Select a Speed Level (Slow, Medium, Fast, Faster)
  • Select the number of decks in the shoe
  • Start the game

The app shuffles the decks and shows the cards. It keeps track of the count. At any time the user can stop to see the actual and true counts that the app has tracked, they will compare these to their counts. Restart the game anytime.

Advanced Features:

  • Choose the number of players
  • Have the user enter their count before reveling the counts. That way you can keep statistics of their improvment.
  • Create table banter. Occasionally have the other players say stuff, like “Yay!,” “That was close,” “Shit!,” “Busted,” “ha ha ha,” “You’re not supposed to hit on sixteen, that should have been my king.”

There are actually two methods of counting cards: The running count which I just explained and the true count. True count is running count divide by the number of decks left in the shoe.


Hi I'm Allan,

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