New Member: ChadGridlock

I go by ChadGridlock, I picked up a book on mnemonics about a year ago, but didn’t really get started until 6 months ago. My interest and focus is on card memorization, reusable memory palaces, and long term palaces for strategy cards that can be number heavy.

For card memorization, the first letter of my mnemonic is the suit of the card, spade=s and the end of the word using the major system, 7 of spades=soCK.

I understand POA is very effective but I feel I’m better off sticking with this system since I have already spent so much time using it already.

I am still looking for a good way to memorize strategy charts, if anyone has suggestions I’m all ears. I want to pick an effective method before I begin to tackle it. One example of a strategy card would be Ultimate Texas Holdem.

Glad to be here,


Welcome to the site! :slight_smile:

Do you mean a chart like this?

Gosh, that’s a brilliant chart. Going to go try my “hand” at it now.


Very similar. I’ve read a few poker books, I have yet to dive into the game, though in the future I will. I was referring to the table game played against the house, but thank you for the link. I’ve thought about structuring a memory palace with loci that signify bet or no bet and put hands in some sort of order. Maybe store just the hands to play, I am opened to suggestions. When I learned basic strategy for blackjack, it was mostly by repetition, but some difficult hands I made some short mnemonics for them. It took sometime to learn and I’m looking to learn a lot of these strategy cards, so I figured mnemonics is my best bet to learn efficiently.

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This may not be relevant to the OP at all, since you’re not talking about Blackjack, but you may find some useful tips in a 50-minute documentary (from the early 90s, I believe) that featured Dominic O’Brien and his experience memorizing Blackjack hands and testing it out at about a dozen casinos in the U.S. It’s available on YouTube, called “Fear and Counting in Las Vegas.” It does go into quite a bit of detail about how he practiced/prepared for the experiment.



Thank you Bob! I haven’t seen that one. I play blackjack as well, I just got into it before mnemonics so I’ve already memorized the strategies by brute force. On a side note, I have a suspicion that Dominic O’Brien did more than just waste his time counting cards

He had what seemed to me—a nonplayer—to be a very complex scheme that he devoted several months to perfecting through a computer program he created himself. By the time he flew back home, he was several thousand dollars richer than when he began. And I believe he was eventually “asked” to leave every Vegas casino he played in. (He actually had friends “invest” in his experiment by giving him money to gamble with. They all made a profit in the end.)

I would think counting cards would be a real headache if you’re playing at a table with a 4-deck or, as he found at one place, an 8-deck shoe!

So, I am a card counter, and the beginning when he is talking about getting a computer to play out a strategy, its one of the first computer blackjack simulators on a personal computer. I use a simulator called CVCX and they are used to generate your expected hourly return, your risk of ruin,and other statistics from your input of a card counting system (I.E. Tag values 2-6=+1 10-A=-1), bet spread (I.E. $5 at count of 1 and below, $25 at 2, $50 at 3, $75 at 4, $100 at 5+) and bankroll size. Whether he made his own tag values or not, years have shown that differences in systems vary a few 1/10ths of a percent on your edge.
The people he met with and interviewed are all experts in blackjack and more(although I don’t know who Gary is). Arnold Synder wrote the book on advanced techniques like shuffle tracking, skilled cutting, and key carding including ace sequencing called The Shuffle Trackers Cookbook as well as publishing a monthly card counting newsletter and several books on the topic. Ace sequencing requires the player to memorize several strings of cards from 4-6 cards long each shoe and recall then the next shoe. Mnemonics is almost a necessity to be effective at this.
Dominic is using ace sequencing during his first casino visit, and he seems to also using card memorization to know what the dealers hole card is, which is also a very powerful edge. After that first session of using those techniques, it seems he just shifts back into card counting, which I thought was disappointing. It was still a enjoyable watch, and thank you for that recommendation.

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