Example Blackjack Card Counting Systems

card counting systems come in all flavors. Basic systems are the Hi/Lo Count and the Knockout Count. The former is balanced and the latter is unbalanced.

While the High/Low is standard for beginners, you should try other systems once you have mastered the basics.

The High Opt 1 Count

This is also known as the Einstein Count after its inventor, Charles Einstein, who first introduced it in 1968. Lance Humble and Julian Braun refined his basic system and published what came to be known as the High Opt 1 Count system in their book "The World's Greatest Blackjack Book."

Values for this system are as follows:

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A 0 +1 +1 +1 +1 0 0 0 -1 0

Unlike in the Hi/Lo system, the 2 and ace cards are counted as 0.

The High Opt 1 system has a side count for aces. It is an "ace-neutral" system. This count is more advanced than the Hi/Lo.

High Opt is short for "highly optimum."

The High Opt 2 Count

This system is even more advanced than the High Opt 1. It is a multi level system and has a side count for 8, 9 and ace.

Values are:

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A +1 +1 +2 +2 +1 +1 0 0 -2 0

Edward Thorp's Ten Count

Thorp is the father of card counting as we know it today. This is the count he advanced in the groundbreaking work "Beat the Dealer."

The system's point values are:

A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 -9

The Uston Advanced Point Count

This is an accurate system to use, but also difficult.

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A +1 +2 +2 +3 +2 +2 +1 -1 -3 0

The Red Seven Count

In this system, the red 7 cards (diamond and heart) are counted as +1. The black 7 cards are 0. The purpose of this system is to do away with the need to convert from running to true count.

Values:

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1/0 0 0 -1 -1

Conclusion

Card counting systems come in the hundreds. Experiment and find what you like best. Generally the more serious you are about blackjack, the more advanced the systems you'll want to use. Try any of the systems here and see how they improve your game.

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