Master the Hi-Lo BlackJack counting system
The game of blackjack is so popular in both brick and mortar casinos and their online counterparts because it has a relatively low house edge.
What makes it special is that this edge doesn’t remain the same from the start of the game to the end, and it depends a lot on what cards are left in the deck. In most online casinos as much as six decks are used, which means that it is very difficult to count effectively and improve your chances as a result.
Hi-Lo counting system
This means counting cards is impossible and with simple systems such as the Hi-Lo, pretty much anyone can improve the odds of winning. Contrary to popular belief, players are not expected to memorize every single card that is dealt, but instead focus on their total value. This brings us to the manner in which the Hi-Lo counting system grants point values to every card and these are as follows:
- The cards ranging from 2 to 6 have the value of +1 and they are the ones that benefit the dealer, because he is bound to hit once more if his total is below 17. If enough cards are left in the deck he has better chances of improving his hand there are other than going bust.
- The neutral cards are the seven, eight and nine, and just as the name suggests they are given a value of zero because they don’t benefit neither the player nor the dealer.
- The high cards are the ones that players should be glad to find at the bottom of the deck, with all face cards, the 10th and the A’s qualifying for this select group. For counting purposes they are assigned the value of -1 and when the deck is rich in them, the players should increase the bets.
If the player does his job well and knows for a fact that the lot of high cards are left in the deck, he would be wise to increase his wagers. By contrary, if a lot of low cards are populating the shrinking deck a wise player will sit out from the table and wait for a new game or look for one elsewhere.