Adopting the Appropriate Card Counting Systems

The Appropriate Card counting system to adopt

As a beginner, adopting a card counting system tends to be very difficult. It’s about keeping memory of the point values as well as keeping track of the running count and also to including the conversion of the Running Count (RC) to the True Count (TC). All this sounds like complex math but there are just are few things you need to know when it comes to selecting a good card counting system for beginners.

Of course, they say practice makes work perfect so definitely you need to start from the bottom in order to reach the top. The first step is to look for a system that does not make use of a variety of point values. However, the best card counting systems make use of more than 4 point values assigned to cards so as to give clear results and these are the advanced card counting systems.

Generally, In order to understand the basics, you would need a system that makes use of a few point values that are easy to remember.  The difficult part is keeping track of the Running Count and the conversion of the RC to TC at which you would have to divide the Running Count over the number of decks used by the variation to give out the True Count and this becomes complex but all you have to know is that you need to do estimates.

The best card counting for beginners before looking at advanced card counting systems is the Hi-Lo Count System.  This type of system makes use of three point values which are very easy to understand.  The point values used are +1, 0 and -1. The positive point value is assigned to the low cards while negative point value is assigned to the high cards and this is shown below.


2       3        4        5       6        7      8       9      10      J        Q        K        A

Point Values:

+1     +1     +1     +1    +1      0       0       0      -1     -1       -1      -1       -1

The Hi-lo count system is classed as a low level card counting system suitable for beginners but gives a true indication of what the shoe deck may have.  The entire concept is keeping track of the Running Count and when it comes to the conversion of the Running Count to the True Count, the figure should simply be an estimate and this will also give positive results.

Hence, when using the Hi-Lo system, you should only know that low cards carry a positive point value and increase the Running Count while high cards carry a negative point value and reduce the Running Count.

Therefore, if the True Count has positive value that is higher than 4, this indicates that the remaining cards in the shoe are high card rich and your bet size can be increased. If the true count has a negative value towards -4 or more then this would indicate that more high cards have been played and the cards remaining in the shoe are low card rich at which you can now reduce your bet size or even surrender against the odds being shown on the table.

With the Hi-lo system, you are able to reduce or increase your bet size according to the True Count being derived from cards dealt on the table.

Card counting systems can also influence the odds of the game. For example, if the dealer’s face-up card shows an Ace and your True Count has a negative point value of -4 or more, you can be guaranteed that the dealer is not in a position of holding a blackjack and you do not need to take any insurance.  The True Count also gives you the ability to know when to surrender, double down or hit during game play.

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