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Card Counting

Card counting systems for Blackjack are compared here, along with their Card Values, Betting Correlation, Playing Efficiency, Insurance Correlation, Ease of Use and Type. These terms are defined at the bottom of the page and are used to estimate the effectiveness of a Blackjack card counting strategy. Ease of use is rated from 1 (hardest) to 10 (easiest) and is based strictly on my own opinions (and a few phone calls from authors since I first published this pageJ). Brief descriptions of Blackjack software can be found at Blackjack Software Roadmap. Click on the Blackjack button on the left for more info on counting cards.

Card Counting Strategy Summary

Click on a card counting strategy name in the table for more information.

Strategy

A

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

T

BC

PE

IC

Ease

Type

Canfield Expert

0

0

1

1

1

1

1

0

-1

-1

.87

.63

.76

6

B1

Canfield Master

0

1

1

2

2

2

1

0

-1

-2

.92

.67

.85

4

B2

Hi-Lo

-1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

-1

.97

.51

.76

6

B1

Hi-Opt I

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

-1

.88

.61

.85

6.5

B1

Hi-Opt II

0

1

1

2

2

1

1

0

0

-2

.91

.67

.91

4

B2

KISS 2

0

0/1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

-1

.90 .62 .87

7

US1

KISS 3

-1

0/1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

-1

.98 .56 .78

7

US1

K-O

-1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

-1

.98

.55

.78

7.5

UC1

Mentor

-1

1

2

2

2

2

1

0

-1

-2

.97 .62 .80

4

B2

Omega II

0

1

1

2

2

2

1

0

-1

-2

.92

.67

.85

4

B2

Red Seven

-1

1

1

1

1

1

0/1

0

0

-1

.98

.54

.78

7

USC1

REKO

-1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

-1

.98

.55

.78

8

UC1

Revere Adv. Plus-Minus

0

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

-1

-1

.89

.59

.76

6

B1

Revere Point Count

-2

1

2

2

2

2

1

0

0

-2

.99

.55

.78

4

B2

Revere RAPC

-4

2

3

3

4

3

2

0

-1

-3

1.0

.53

.71

1

B4

Revere 14 Count

0

2

2

3

4

2

1

0

-2

-3

.92 .65 .82

1

B4

Silver Fox

-1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

-1

-1

.96

.53

.69

6

B1

Unbalanced Zen 2

-1

1

2

2

2

2

1

0

0

-2

.97

.62

.84

6.5

U2

Uston Adv. Plus-Minus

-1

0

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

-1

.95

.55

.76

6.5

B1

Uston APC

0

1

2

2

3

2

2

1

-1

-3

.91

.69

.90

2.5

B3

Uston SS

-2

2

2

2

3

2

1

0

-1

-2

.99

.54

.73

4.5

U3

Wong Halves

-1

.5

1

1

1.5

1

.5

0

-.5

-1

.99

.56

.72

2.5

B3

Zen Count

-1

1

1

2

2

2

1

0

0

-2

.96

.63

.85

4

B2

For a detailed description of the aspects of strategies for counting cards, see How to Create a Card Counting Strategy


Blackjack Card Counting System Sources

The sources for system comparison above can be found at Card Counting Strategy Sources. Full counting tables for most strategies can be found in free downloads of CV software products by permission of the various authors. They are not included here due to copyright concerns.


Card Counting Definitions

Card counting techniques include the following measurements:
  • Playing Efficiency PE indicates how well a counting system handles changes in playing strategy. Playing efficiency is particularly important in hand-held games (one or two decks.)
  • Betting Correlation BC is defined as the correlation between card point values and the effect of removal of cards. It is used to predict how well a counting system predicts good betting situations and can approach 1.00 (100% correlation.) BC is particularly important in shoe games (six or eight decks.)
  • Insurance Correlation IC is defined as the correlation between card point values and the value of cards in Insurance situation. A point value of -9 for tens and +4 for all other cards would be perfect for predicting if an Insurance bet should be placed.
  • Level The level of a strategy refers to the number of different values assigned to cards. Level 2 and 3 counting strategies are more efficient, but quite a bit more difficult for most people. Level 4 & 5 counting strategies also exist. But this is overkill.
  • Side Counts There are several methods of side counting used to increase strategy efficiency. For an outline of five side counting techniques, see Side Counting Techniques.
  • Type The TYPE column key follows:

    • B Balanced count requiring the calculation of a True Count
    • U Unbalanced count with no True Count
    • S Suit Aware count requiring different counts for red and black cards
    • C Compromise indexes used for greater ease
    • 1, 2, 3, 4 Level. That is the highest tag value

Note: Playing Efficiency (as defined by Griffin) is not relevant to unbalanced counting systems and is only an estimate. PE & BC stated here do not include side counts.

A list of the card counting index tables that can be found in CV products can be found at CV Blackjack Index Tables.

For Blackjack training see Blackjack card counting software.

 

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