Up for the Count:  Part ONE. Hi-Lo Counting System Good for Beginners (or Anyone, Actually)

My friend, Matt, asked me to write about a fairly easy to understand card counting system.

Well, there are many of them.

But the one I like to use (cos it is damned easy)…is Hi Lo.

Below, I’ll explain.

The Hi-Lo blackjack card counting system, also known as the High/Low system or the Plus/Minus system, was started by a guy named Harvey Dubner.

Dubner simplified the Ten-Count system, to make it easier for players to use at an actual table.

The Hi-Lo card counting system is a card counting strategy designed for use by beginning and intermediate blackjack players. This is the easiest card counting system to learn and is generally recommended for blackjack players who just play here and there, on the side, and aren’t full time players.

Due to its ease of use, the Hi-Lo (High/Low) card counting system is the most common weapon of choice used in blackjack teams.

The Hi-Lo count is easy to learn. Any player who can add 1 and 1 together, is a strong candidate for mastering the Hi-Lo counting system. First, you’ll need to learn the respective value for each card in a deck:

2, 3, 4 , 5, 6
Count +1
7, 8, 9
Count 0
10, J, Q, K, A
Count -1

As you can see, the 20 small cards (2-6) are counted as plus 1 as they are played. The 12 middle cards (7-9) are considered neutral cards and do not change the count as they are played. The 20 big cards (10-Ace) are counted as minus 1 as they are played.

This system is considered to be a balanced system because if you counted down every single card in a 52 card deck, you would end up with a count of 0.

When you first sit down at a blackjack table, that is using a new full shoe of cards, the count at the table starts at 0. From the initial 0 count, you will be adding 1, subtracting 1, or adding 0, for every single card that is dealt.

Warning: If you accidentally miss cards that are dealt and your count gets off, you can shift your odds of winning without your knowledge.

MORE, Next week.

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