Single Level Blackjack Card Counting Systems

card counting is a blackjack technique in which the player keeps track of cards that have already been used. One cannot keep track of every single card, of course. Instead, cards are given "points" to identify them as either favorable or unfavorable cards. The points given tell you what level the counting system is.

All blackjack card counting systems are either single level or multiple level systems. In a single level system, cards are given a point value of either -1 or +1 or 0. In a multi level system, there are also -2, +2, -3, +3 and perhaps more valued cards.

Single level card counting systems have the advantage of being easier to use. The more levels you add, the more complex the count becomes and the more likely you will err. Single level systems are simpler to use and learn.

An example of a single level system is the High/Low or Hi/Lo card counting system. When cards with face value 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are dealt, you count +1. When cards 10, jack, queen, king and ace are dealt, you count -1. If it is 7, 8 or 9, you count zero or nothing. This is a simple counting method and the one beginners learn to use first.

Now how do you use a single level system? Simple. The higher the card count is, the more favorable for the player. That's you. To capitalize on that, you increase your bets. When the count is low, it means what's left of the deck is unfavorable to you. You must reduce your bets to the minimum.

Try this card counting system for yourself and you will see how easy it is to master. Other systems are more complicated and most people would not have the patience to learn them. But the High/Low count is relatively easy.

You may ask how accurate the High/Low count is. The answer is that it is okay. It is not the best, most accurate card counting system there is. But for a beginner, it is quite ideal.

The High Opt1 or Hi-Opt1 is another example of a count that is single level. Cards 2, 7, 8, 9 and ace are counted as zero. Cards 3-6 are +1 and 10 alone is -1.

Now as you can see, single level card counting is simple to do. You just need to memorize which cards are counted as what number and you're set. Practice this and your blackjack can improve.

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