Card Counter

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Late at night on the strip walks a man with no name
Or many names, depending on the day.
Most other players are fools to think they know the rules
When to hit and when to stay
But this one's found the way
So hold a number in your mind
Keep it close where none can find
You adding and subtracting one by one.
Don't need to be Rain Man but your zero starts exact.
Two through six add one to the count; ten or ace subtract.
And that's the running count
Divide by decks left to make it true.
True count tells you what to do.

Card counter
Where others lose he'll win instead.
Card counter
Is the man with the numbers in his head.
At least the Eighteen Illustrious
Schlessinger and Wong
Know the count won't steer him wrong

So build a table in your head
Watch the cards turn black and red
Then look up every index with your brain.
The higher the count the more you double, split, and stand
Hope your best plays look insane.

Plus plus minus minus plus...plus one, plus two...
Is the dealer cheating me? Watch out for security.
Can the pit boss tell I used the count? I'm looking out!
Is it time to run away? Can I make just one more play?
Do they even know what I'm about?

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from Phase Transition, released October 21, 2013

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Glen Raphael New York, New York

Glen Raphael is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who performs songs on such nerdy and diverse topics as quantum physics, bedbugs, and the Statue of Liberty's mid-life crisis. Glen has won Best Original Song awards at NCSA events and is the current organizer of the New York City Folk Music Meetup. ... more

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