Card Counting Systems


So you’re tired of losing money at blackjack and figure it’s time to look into card counting to gain an edge. Now you need to decide which card counting system you’re going to attempt to learn. Hi-Lo (or High-Low) is the most commonly used card counting strategy, but it’s certainly not your only option. Although all systems for counting cards are based on the same core concepts, different systems have different ways of tracking the cards, processing the info, and using that info to shift the odds in the player’s favor. With differing methods comes differing performance. One of the most common questions I hear is “which card counting system is the best?”. Well, the answer isn’t as obvious as you might have hoped.

Let’s take a look at how some different card counting systems perform in terms of playing efficiency, knowing when to take insurance, and knowing the optimal betting amount.

Card Counting Systems

* Data from QFIT.com

Best Card Counting System

“Best” is a matter of preference, so here’s a quick breakdown of performance areas to help you decide for yourself which is the best card counting system for you.

Best Card Counting System

While Kiss, KO, Red 7 and REKO are probably the easiest systems to learn and use, they’re going to underperform compared to other systems in the area of playing efficiency. The less decks you’re playing with (single deck or double deck), the more important playing efficiency becomes. On a 6-deck or 8-deck shoe, you should be more concerned with your betting correlation when counting cards. The debate amongst card counters over what is the “best” card counting system will go on forever. It’s really just a matter of personal preference, so take your specific circumstances into consideration and make your selection!

Coming Soon: Card Counting Systems Reviewed

  • Advanced Omega II
  • Canfield Expert
  • Hi-Lo (High-Low)
  • Hi-Opt I
  • Hi-Opt II
  • Kiss II
  • Kiss III
  • KO
  • Red 7 (Red Seven)
  • REKO
  • Silver Fox
  • Uston Adv. +/-
  • Uston APC
  • Uston SS
  • Zen Count

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