How long did it take you to learn to count at a professional level?! What can be considered pro-level, or how can I judge my progress properly to know what level I am at? I have been practicing for about a month now and have gotten sharper at it overall, but I don't entertain any thoughts that I'm ready for the big leagues just yet! (other than some real casino practice a few times a month at the 3dollar tables). I have read Play BlackJack Like the Pros by Kevin Blackwood, as well as flipped through Professional Blackjack by Mr.Wong (this obviously is still above my level to really apply efficiently) and would say that I am pat with BS for my home game as well as I18 and can count down a deck of cards using high-low avg. 30sec. I know i've gotten better, at first it took me 50+secs! But would really appreciate some input or stories of how you guys journeyed up through the ranks from white to black, thanks!