Multi-Level Card Counting Systems

If you are new to card counting, you need to know the difference between a single level and a multi level card counting system. This isn't as terribly complicated as you may think. Level merely refers to the point assigned to a card. As you know, no one can keep track of individual cards as they are dealt. Instead, in card counting you keep track of groups of cards—namely good, bad and neutral cards. How good or bad they are according to the counting system is shown by their points.

In single level card counting systems, each card is given a point value of only -1, +1 or 0. Thus, all "good" cards are equal, all "bad" cards are equal, and all "neutral" cards are equal.

In multi level card counting systems, this is not the case. A card may have a value of +2, -3 and so on. Naturally, this makes it more difficult to use. But it is also more accurate. Critics will tell you that whatever additional advantage these systems can give you are offset by the difficulty in counting. The only way to find out is to try it for yourself.

Regardless of your opinion, multi level card counting is best left to experienced players. Beginners should stick with single level counting until they become more proficient. When you count cards in a real casino environment, you will not only have to count several cards at once, you will also have to deal with various distractions such as cocktail waitresses, noises and fellow players. Couple that with the fact you must not make it obvious you are counting cards. So do not try it until counting is second nature to you.

The two best-known multi level systems are the Zen count and the Omega II count. We explain them briefly below.

The Zen Count

This system is explained in "Black Belt in Blackjack" by Arnold Snyder. Its values are:

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

The Omega II Count

This is an advanced multi level counting system taught in "Blackjack for Blood" by Brian Carlson. It is not recommended for beginners. The values are:

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

There are many card courting systems both single and multi level. Experiment with them one at a time when you are more experienced. Use free software until you are ready to gamble with real money. Enjoy and keep winning in blackjack!

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