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## Outsmarting the Blackjack System

If you are a blackjack player, you probably know that by just applying basic

knowledge and strategy, you can almost even the odds with the casino. However, what

you may not know is that there are various methods that you can use to give you an actual

To understand winning and losing, just keep in mind these two basic concepts:

** 1) If the majority of the remaining cards in the deck are high cards (10’s or face

cards), then you have better odds of winning

** 2) If the majority of the remaining cards in the deck are low cards (cards lower than

7), then the casino has better odds of winning

Additionally, keep in mind that if there are many aces remaining in the deck, then

you will have an advantage over the casino. In contrast, if there are many fives (5’s)

remaining in the deck, then the casino has an advantage over you.

The goal to win at blackjack at the casinos is to become talented at recognizing

exactly when you have the advantage over the casino, and when the casino has an

advantage over you. With this knowledge, you can place your bets accordingly to how

good of a chance you have at winning during that particular situation.

It will require a great deal of knowledge and experience in statistics and

probability to completely understand the odds of blackjack. However, to put generalize

everything in simple terms for the reader to understand: ** In the short term, the casino will have a slight edge over you, however, the laws of

probability will carry out in the long term, and you as the clever player will be able to

beat the odds and gain a sizeable advantage over the casino.

The process of card counting is procedure that you as the blackjack player must

master in order to gain a large advantage over the casino. However, be careful if you are

winning a hefty sum of money from blackjack. In such a situation, the casino may

presume that you are card-counting, and you may become possibly expelled from the casino.

### Simple Card Counting Systems

The Hi-lo System

In, the following, I will describe to the reader one of the simplest card-counting

systems there is that you can use to determine when you will gain the advantage over the

casino. This technique is called the Hi-lo system. Basically, the strategy here is that you

should bet more money when you have the advantage (high count) and bet less money

when the casino has the advantage (low count)

*** Step 1. Start your count at zero (0).

*** Step 2. Each time that you see a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 dealt on the table, add 1 to the

count. Each time that you see a 10, J, Q, K, or Ace, subtract 1 from the count. Disregard

all 7, 8, and 9 cards.

*** Step 3. Place a high bet if your count is positive. Place a low bet if you count

is negative. The higher the count, the more you should bet. Vice versa, the lower the

count, the lower you should bet

For example, if you see that the cards dealt on the table are 4, 7, J, and K, then in

your mind, you should be thinking: 4 and K cancels since the 4 card is +1 and the K card

is -1. Disregard the 7 card. That leaves the K card, which has a value of -1. So your count is now at -1. Since the count is negative, this is advantageous for the casino, meaning that

you should bet a low amount of money next game.

IMPORTANT: In every single card-counting method, you must always keep in mind the

count and never lose track of it, even if the last game is over and you are playing a new

game. For the last example, your count is -1 after the first game. Do NOT lose track of

that number. Keep the -1 count in your mind and apply the -1 count as your starting point

in the next game, and so on. Only start the count over if all the cards in all the deck(s) are

shuffled and dealt again from the beginning.

As I have said before regarding statistics and probability: In the short term, the
casino will have a slight edge over you
. In the long term, by applying this card-counting

strategy, you will gain a big advantage over the casino. This means that at the beginning

of game if the deck has just been shuffled and is about to be dealt (when the count is still

zero), bet only a low amount of money. As the cards have been dealt several times and

you have recorded the count inside your mind, begin to bet accordingly to the advantage

you have at that time. If the count is high, bet a high amount of money. If your count is

negative, bet a minimum amount of money.

By changing the amount of money that you bet according to the advantage you

have at the time, you will have the advantage over the casino because you will be betting

more money when you have the advantage (count is positive and high), and wager less

when the casino has the advantage over you (count is low and negative). Over time, you

will statistically gain more money than you lose and walk out as the winner.

Now that you have a basic understanding of the Hi-lo system, I will now present

to you a better system that will take into account different advantages of certain cards

over another. This counting system is called the Advanced Omega II.

*** Step 1. Start your count at zero (0).

*** Step 2. Each time that you see a 2, 3 or 7 dealt on the table, add 1 to the

count. Each time that you see a 4, 5, or 6 dealt on the table, add 2 to the count. Each time

that you see a 9 dealt on the table, subtract 1 from the count. Each time you see a 10, J, Q,

K, or Ace dealt on the table, subtract 2 from the count.

*** Step 3. Place a high bet if your count is positive. Place a low bet if you count

is negative. The higher the count, the more you should bet. Vice versa, the lower the

count, the lower you should bet

For example, if you see that the cards dealt on the table are 2, 3, 6, 9, and K, then

in your mind, you should be thinking: 2 and K cards cancel because the 2 card is +1 and

the K card is -1. The 6 and 9 cards also cancel because the 6 card is +2 while the 9 card is

-2. That leaves the 3 card, which has a value of +1. So your count is now at +1. Since the

count is positive, this is advantageous for you, meaning that you should be betting a high

amount of money next game.

Other Card-Counting Systems

By now, the reader probably has an idea of how the card-counting system works.

Basically, start your count at 0, and then add or subtract a value depending on what cards

have been dealt. I will now present to you a summarized list of various different other

card-counting systems. You can apply the same basic concept shown in the previous two

examples to these as well. Begin your count at zero when the deck is first shuffled and

played. Then depending on what cards are dealt, add or subtract a value from your

starting count.

Please note that there is no foolproof “best method.” All of these card-counting

methods have their own strengths and weaknesses. However, as the difficulty level of the

card-counting system goes higher, generally the level of effectiveness increases as well.

Try to play with all of these methods to determine what you are most comfortable with:

Lower difficulty:

Hi-lo: +1 to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 cards || -1 to -1 to 10, face cards, and Ace cards.

Knock-Out (KO): +1 to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 cards || -1 to 10, face cards, and Ace cards.

Red Seven: +1 to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 cards || +.5 to 7 cards || -1 to 10, face cards, and Ace

cards.

Revere Advanced: +1 to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 cards || -1 to 10 and face cards.

Canfield Expert: +1 to 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 cards || -1 to 10 and face cards. Uston Advanced: +1 to 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 cards || -1 to 10, face cards, and Ace cards.

Silver Fox: +1 to 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 cards || -1 to 10, face cards, and Ace cards.

Medium Difficulty:

Zen Count: +1 to 2, 3, and 7 cards || +2 to 4, 5, and 6 cards || -1 to Ace cards || -2 to 10

and face cards.

Uston SS: +1 to 7 cards || +2 to 2, 3, 4, and 6 cards || +3 to 5 cards || -1 to 9 cards || -2 to

10, face cards, and Ace cards.

Canfield Master: +1 to 2, 3, and 7 cards || + 2 to 4, 5, and 6 cards. || -1 to 9 cards || -2 to

10 and face cards.

Higher Difficulty:

Uston APC: +1 to 2 and 8 cards || +2 to 3, 4, 6, and 7 cards || +3 to 5 cards || -1 to 9 cards

|| -3 to 10 and face cards.

High Opt II: +1 to 2, 3, 6, and 7 cards || +2 to 4 and 5 cards || -2 to 10 and face cards. Wong Halves: +.5 to 2 and 7 cards || +1 to 3, 4, and 6 cards || +1.5 to 5 cards || -.5 to 9 cards || -1 to 10, face cards, and Ace cards.

All of the card counting methods so far will work very well if you are playing

with a single deck. However, when multiple decks are used, those mentioned methods

will not work as efficiently. Advanced Card-Counting Systems

### I.

I will now introduce you to a more advanced card-counting system. All of the

card-counting systems mentioned so far work best if only 1 deck is being used to play the

game. However, casinos have caught on how popular these card-counting methods are, so

their solution to that is to use many decks to play the game. By using many decks of

cards, the card-counting systems mentioned so far do not work as effectively any more.

That’s why in casinos, you should be applying more sophisticated card-counting

methods. I will now introduce you to the card-counting method used by the infamous

blackjack master Fred Renzy. This method works well even if many decks are being used

in the game (which will happen if you play in the casino) because it only count a small

selection of cards that will surely give either the player or the casino the advantage. Be

sure that you understand how the basic card counting systems work before you move on

to this more advanced system. *** Step 1. Start your count at 18

*** Step 2. Each time that you see a 4 or 5 dealt on the table, add 1 to the count.

Each time that you see a 10 or an Ace of Spades or the Ace of Clubs, subtract 1 from the

count. Disregard ALL other cards.

*** Step 3. Place a high bet only if your count is AT LEAST 20 or above. Place a

low bet if you count is lower than 20. The higher above 20 the count goes, the more you

should bet. Vice versa, the lower the count is under 20, the lower you should bet

For example, if you see that the cards dealt on the table are 4, 5, 10, Q, and Ace of

Diamond, then in your mind, you should be thinking: 4 and 10 cancels since the 4 card is

+1 and the 10 card is -1. Disregard the Q card and the Ace of Diamond. That leaves 5,

which has a value of +1. So your count is now at 19. Since the count of 19 is still under

20, the casino still has an advantage over you – that means bet a lower amount of money next game.

### II.

I will now introduce you to an even more advanced card counting system! This

technique was utilized by one of the most brilliant blackjack minds of all time: Arnold

Snyder. This card-counting system is more complex than the previous, however, it will

work even better when multiple decks of cards are used. The reason is because it will

take into account the number of decks being used, as well as applying the statistical

measures of how much the casino will have an advantage over you in a short term basis

to a long term basis.

*** Step 1. Start your count at -2 * # of decks. For example, if 8 decks are used,

then start your count at -2*8=-16. Likewise, if 6 decks are used, start your count at -12. If

9 decks are used, then start your count at -18, and so forth…

*** Step 2. Each time that you see a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of Diamonds, or 7 of Hearts

dealt on the table, add 1 to the count. Each time that you see a 10, J, Q, K, or Ace,

subtract 1 from the count. Disregard the 7 Spades, 7 of Clubs, 8, and 9 cards.

*** Step 3. Place a high bet only if your count is AT LEAST 0 or above. Place a

low bet if you count is lower than 0. The higher above 0 the count goes, the more you

should bet. Vice versa, the lower the count is under 0, the lower you should bet

For example: you play a blackjack game where 4 decks of cards are being used.

Begin your count at -8. Then, you see that the cards dealt on the table are 2, 7 of Hearts, 7 of Spades, and J. You should now be thinking that 2 and J will cancel each others out

because the 2 card is +1 and the J card is -1. We disregard the 7 of Spades. This leaves

the 7 of Hearts, which has a value of +1. So your count now goes from -8 to -7. Since the

count of -7 is still under 0, the casino still has an advantage over you – that means bet a

lower amount of money next game. Over time, you should eventually get the count to be at least 0. That’s when you should bet a high amount of money.

### III.

This final card-counting system has a similar concept to the last one, but is even

more refined. This system involves just a little bit more math at the beginning. In the long

run, however, this system will allow you to play it very safe when the casino has any kind

of advantage, and risk it big when you have the major advantage over the casino.

*** Step 1. Start your count at 4 – (4*# of decks). For example, if 8 decks are

used, then start your count at 4 – (4*8) = -28. Likewise, if 6 decks are used, start your

count at 4 - (4*6) = -20. If 9 decks are used, then start your count at -32, and so forth…

*** Step 2. Each time that you see a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 dealt on the table, add 1 to the

count. Each time that you see a 10, J, Q, K, or Ace, subtract 1 from the count. Disregard

all 8 and 9 cards.

*** Step 3. Place a high bet only if your count is AT LEAST -4 or above. Place a

low bet if you count is lower than -4. The higher above -4 the count goes, the more you

should bet. Vice versa, the lower the count is under -4, the lower you should bet

For example, if you play a blackjack game where 4 decks of cards are being used:

Begin your count at -12. Then, you see that the cards dealt on the table are 4, 7, 9, and

Ace. You should now be thinking that 4 and Ace will cancel each others out because the

4 card is +1 and the Ace card is -1. We disregard the 9 card. This leaves the 7 card, which

has a value of +1. So your count now goes from -12 to -11. Since the count of -11 is still under -4, the casino still has an advantage over you – that means bet a lower amount of

money next game. Over time, you should eventually get the count to be at least -4. That’s

when you should bet a high amount of money.

In the end, you must remember that there is no guarantee to winning. However,

by applying the card-counting systems that have been laid out in this eBook, you will

gain a significant advantage over the casino because you will be able to specifically

identify when to place a high bet, and when to place a low bet, depending on your odds of

winning at that particular time. You will need a good eye and lots of practice to mentally

calculate numbers in your head without looking even slightly obvious. You WILL have

the advantage at the blackjack table if you can apply these card-counting strategies.

Again, this doesn’t mean that you are always guaranteed to come out a winner. However,

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