The Hi/Lo Counting System

The Hi/Lo Counting System


Some consider Blackjack card counting a thing of the past. This seems to be based on the fact most casinos, home games or back room parlors now use a number of decks instead of just one. Card counting with a number of decks is a lot harder but can still be worked into an advantage for the player.


The easiest method and most popular method is known as the high/low count. Keep in mind it is essential that you have a good memory and the ability to concentrate in order to be successful.


This method gives the player a rough idea of how many ‘high’ or ‘low’ cards are in the deck. It is also very important that a player practices this system before actually going out and gambling their hard earned money at a casino.


Once you’re in the casino it is important to be wary of your surroundings. The dealers and pit bosses are required to watch all players. They are in the business of making money. While card counting provides a player with a big advantage if they are good at it. This practice is not profitable for the casino and they will watch for it. 

Tips to not be obvious:


        Dress down for the occasion, or dress and act like a tourist

         Ignore the distractions, waitresses, casino noise and table chat can throw off your count.

         Get excited when you win.

         Talk to the dealer and other players at the table.


What happens when you’re caught or suspected of counting?  Gone are the days when they would haul you into the back room and break your fingers. Card counting is not illegal but casinos are not in business to lose money. If you are suspected of counting you will be asked to leave the casino.







The High/Low Counting System



The first step in learning the high/low system is you need to remember  the following values:


          Cards  2,3,4,5 or 6 value receive a positive count. {+1}

          Cards 7, 8, 9 receive no value and are remembered as a 0 {Zero}

          Cards 10,J,Q,K,A receive a negative count.  {-1}



So let’s pretend that we have the following table:




Do you know what the count is at? If you came to -7 you’re on the way to being a card counter.  Keep in mind when you are counting, that the optimal time to bet is when you reach positive numbers. This means that there are more ‘high’ cards left in the shoe.


So once you have practiced this you will have the running count down pat.  You know need to know who to calculate the “True Count” Keep Reading or Click


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