Description of major card counting techniques

Card counting is the basic Blackjack's strategy. It is based on the different techniques, but the main goal is the same- to compute cards in all hands in order to beat the dealer. You may know that there are many variations of this game, such as Blackjack perfect pairs, Pontoon, Switch, Vegas Strip Blackjack, Progressive Blackjack and others. But all of them have the same strategy. According to the professional's testimonies, namely card counting helps to get prevail over the house. Probably, you would like to know major card counting systems.

They are balanced and unbalanced. Balanced systems count all deck of cards ending with zero. Unbalanced systems are those that will not end with 0. I must admit that counting systems are numerous, but the most widely-used are:

Hi-Lo Card Counting

In this system as in any other, cards have their values. Thus, 2,3,4,5,6 are counted as +1; 7,8,9 - as 0; 10,J, Q,K,A, as -1. Your mission is to watch over all playing hands and dealt cards. The count starts from 0. During the game you will have either to add or subtract 1 and 0. The smaller are played cards, the higher is your winning possibility. This system is called balanced because it not only starts with zero, but will have to end with zero too.

KO Card Counting System

In contrast to previous system, this one doesn't end with 0. The assigned value of cards in this system is following 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 = +1; 8,9 = 0, 10, J, Q, K, A = -1.

Hi-Opt I Counting

So, card values are: 3,4,5,6 = +1; 2, 7, 8, 9, A = 0; 10, J, Q,K=-1. Before using this system, be sure that you know all card values in order not to get confused. Hi-Opt I Card Counting advanced system and is mostly used by professionals.

Hi-Opt II Counting

Before using this system, learn Hi-Opt I first, because this one is a little complicated. Hi-Opt II requires a high focusing on the table. It is difficult to keep accurate counting, because cards have wide range of values. 2,3,6,7=+1; 4,5=+2; 8,9,A=0; 10,J,Q,K=-2