Blackjack
Side Counts
For more advanced players, there are many types of Blackjack side counts
including: Ace side count for betting, Ace side count for playing,
Insurance side count, Betting side count, Multiparameter side count and
side bet side counts. You can configure multiple side counts at once.
You can also use Counting by Inference tables at the same time. (For
a list of casino card counting strategies see Blackjack
Card Counting) The following describes each method:
Ace Side
Count for Betting Purposes
This method is only valid with Ace neutral strategies (e.g. HiOpt I,
HiOpt II, Omega II, Uston APC, DHM, Expert and Revere Advanced PlusMinus.)
If you are using any of these systems, the true count is quite accurate
for strategy purposes, but less accurate for betting purposes. To correct
this use the following procedure:
 Calculate the number of excess Aces (may be negative) in the remaining
cards
 Multiply the number of excess Aces by the absolute value of the point
count value assigned by the current strategy to Tenvalue cards (usually
one or two)
 Temporarily add the result to the running count
 Recalculate the true count for betting purposes only
Ace Side Count
for Playing Purposes
This method is only valid with Acereckoned strategies (e.g. HighLow,
Halves, Red Seven, Zen Count, and Revere Point Count.) Note: using an
Ace SC for one of these strategies requires a different set of strategy
tables. Few people use this technique these days. If you are using any
of these systems, the true count is quite accurate for betting purposes,
but less accurate for playing purposes. To correct this, use the following
procedure:
 Calculate the number of excess Aces (may be negative) in the remaining
cards
 Multiply the number of excess Aces by the absolute value of the point
count value assigned by the current strategy to Tenvalue cards (normally
one or two)
 Temporarily subtract the result from the running count
 Recalculate the true count for strategy decision purposes only
 If this is an Insurance decision, temporarily subtract double
the result from the running count
 Recalculate the true count for Insurance purposes only
Ten Side Count
for Insurance Purposes
A perfect side count for Insurance purposes would count Tens as 9 and
all other cards as +4. But, I know of no one that uses this. A simpler method
is to use an unbalanced count found in the 1981 version of
Wong's Professional Blackjack. Here, Tens are counted as 2 and
all other cards as +1. Insure if the count is greater than four times
the number of decks. The Ten count can also be used for the Bust Out bet
if you can find that rule anywhere.
Betting Side
Counts
For greater efficiency, some people use different count values for playing
decisions and betting. This is not common. With CVBJ or CVData, a table
is used to set the side counts needed to change the playing count to the
betting count. For example, if you use HiOpt I for playing and HiLo
for betting, set Ace's to 1 and Two's to +1. This is the difference between
the two strategies. To use this technique, you must keep your primary
count and this separate count. For betting purposes, temporarily add the
two counts running counts together and calculate the true count.
MultiParameter
Side Counts
MP tables are normally used to improve playing efficiency by including
the effect of the cards counted as zero. For example, in HiOpt II, 8,
9 and Ace are counted as zero. The following occurs:
 Calculate the number of excess eights (may be negative) in the remaining
cards
 Multiply this number by the index value in the multiparameter table
for the current hand.
 Temporarily subtract this from the running count
 Recalculate the true count according to the current strategy's instructions
for playing purposes only.
Example: Suppose you have 9 vs. 2. The deck has two excess eights. The
HiOpt II MP index for 9v2 with a side count of eights is 2. Multiply
that 2 by the 2 excess eights. You now temporarily reduce your RC by 4
making it less likely that you will double. This makes sense since the
excess eights make it easier for the dealer to get a 20. This would have
been missed by the normal HiOpt II count since it ignores eights.
Side Bet Side
Counts
Specialty counts include: Over/Under 13, Lucky Ladies, Royal Match and Red/Black. These counts
can be used to determine when it is advantageous to make these side bets.
For info on setting up these strategies, see Blackjack
Side Count Setup.
