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Card Counting is a myth rather than a strategy for everyone. You should be very attentive and well-trained to be able to count cards. Card counting is a sure way to beat a casino. Gambling zone hate players who can count cards but cannot do a thing about because this strategy is completely legal.


Counting cards is rather difficult; nevertheless you do not have to be a genius mathematician to do it. In Blackjack you should not memorize the cards – all you need is to deduce a total score, which is called to be "a count". In other words, you should be good at adding or sometimes subtracting within the limits of 21 points. There are over 100 different card counting strategies offered everywhere, that is why you can find it difficult to choose the best one for you. If you are a beginner at Blackjack, try to use basic systems instead of complicated counting systems nad you will increase your chances to win. 


Popular Systems of Card Counting

Take your time to study some popular systems of card counting and decide for yourself which one you will apply in your Blackjack games. All cards of a deck have their values (positive, negative or zero). Cards of law value (2’s-6’s) are positive because they increase the presence of high value cards in a deck. Cards of high value are negative. Various counting systems have different variations of card values.


Hi-Lo Card Counting

Hi-Lo is the most understandable card counting strategy used by the beginners and despised by professionals. In this system each card is assigned a value of either -1, +1 or 0. You begin counting cards with every new shuffle. You add or subtract 1 point with every new card you see. When the count is rather high it is time to increase your bet because only high cards are left in a deck.

Values of cards

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (small cards)

+1

7, 8, 9 (neutral cards)

0

10, J, Q, K, Ace (big cards)

-1



KO Count

Values of cards

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (small cards)

+1

8, 9 (neutral cards)

0

10, J, Q, K, Ace (big cards)

-1


KO Count assigns all 7’s with +1 value, that is why the final count of a deck is a 4 (not a zero). This added value eliminates the need to convert running count into true count. Keep counting cards with KO system and you will win.


Hi-Opt I

Values of cards

2

0

3, 4, 5, 6

+1

7, 8, 9 (neutral cards)

0

10, J, Q, K

-1

Ace

0


This system presents noticeable differences in cards values. It can be very useful for all players of Blackjack. This is how this strategy works - the more Aces have been already used, the less chances for a winning you have. If you see a single-deck blackjack (this option is very rare to meet these days), Hi-Opt I strategy is the best to make a round sum of money.


Hi-Opt 2

Values of cards

2, 3

+1

4, 5

+2

6, 7

+1

8, 9

0

10, J, Q, K

-2

Ace

0


This counting strategy is more complicated that previous ones, and you will have to memorize the table of card values to apply it. Remember that with Hi-Opt 2 your final count should be zero! Hi-Opt 2 counting system makes your running count a true count. In order to do that you should divide your running count by estimated number of decks left in the shoe.


Example: if your running count is +8 and 4 decks are left, you should divide +8 by 4 and your true count is +2. The higher your true count is, the higher are your chances to win. Do not hesitate to increase your bet when you see such a situation.