Card Counting
Card counting systems for Blackjack are compared here, along with their
Card Values, Betting Correlation, Playing Efficiency, Insurance Correlation,
Ease of Use and Type. These terms are defined at the bottom of the page
and are used to estimate the effectiveness of a Blackjack card counting
strategy. Ease of use is rated from 1 (hardest) to 10 (easiest) and is based
strictly on my own opinions (and a few phone calls from authors since I
first published this pageJ). Brief descriptions
of Blackjack software can be found at Blackjack
Software Roadmap. Click on the Blackjack button on the left for
more info on counting cards.
Card
Counting Strategy Summary
Click on a card counting strategy name in the table for more information.
Strategy

A

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

T

BC

PE

IC

Ease


Canfield
Expert

0

0

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

.87

.63

.76

6

B1 
Canfield
Master

0

1

1

2

2

2

1

0

1

2

.92

.67

.85

4

B2 
HiLo

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

.97

.51

.76

6

B1 
HiOpt
I

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

.88

.61

.85

6.5

B1 
HiOpt
II

0

1

1

2

2

1

1

0

0

2

.91

.67

.91

4

B2 
KISS 2

0

0/1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

.90 
.62 
.87 
7

US1 
KISS 3

1

0/1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

.98 
.56 
.78 
7

US1 
KO

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

.98

.55

.78

7.5

UC1 
Mentor

1

1

2

2

2

2

1

0

1

2

.97 
.62 
.80 
4

B2 
Omega II

0

1

1

2

2

2

1

0

1

2

.92

.67

.85

4

B2 
Red Seven

1

1

1

1

1

1

0/1

0

0

1

.98

.54

.78

7

USC1 
REKO

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

.98

.55

.78

8

UC1 
Revere
Adv. Plus Minus

0

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

.89

.59

.76

6

B1 
Revere
Point Count

2

1

2

2

2

2

1

0

0

2

.99

.55

.78

4

B2 
Revere
RAPC

4

2

3

3

4

3

2

0

1

3

1.0

.53

.71

1

B4 
Revere
14 Count

0

2

2

3

4

2

1

0

2

3

.92 
.65 
.82 
1

B4 
Silver
Fox

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

.96

.53

.69

6

B1 
UBZ 2

1

1

2

2

2

2

1

0

0

2

.97

.62

.84

6.5

U2 
Uston
Adv. Plus Minus

1

0

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

.95

.55

.76

6.5

B1 
Uston
APC

0

1

2

2

3

2

2

1

1

3

.91

.69

.90

2.5

B3 
Uston SS

2

2

2

2

3

2

1

0

1

2

.99

.54

.73

4.5

U3 
Wong
Halves

1

.5

1

1

1.5

1

.5

0

.5

1

.99

.56

.72

2.5

B3 
Zen Count

1

1

1

2

2

2

1

0

0

2

.96

.63

.85

4

B2 
For a detailed description of the aspects of strategies for counting cards,
see How to Create a Card Counting Strategy
Blackjack
Card Counting System Sources
The sources for system comparison above can be found at Card
Counting Strategy Sources. Full counting tables for most strategies
can be found in free downloads of CV software
products by permission of the various authors. They are not included here
due to copyright concerns.
Card Counting
Definitions
Card counting techniques include the following measurements:
Note: Playing Efficiency (as defined by Griffin) is not relevant to unbalanced
counting systems and is only an estimate. PE & BC stated here do not
include side counts.
A list of the card counting index tables that can be found in CV products
can be found at CV Blackjack Index
Tables.
For Blackjack training see Blackjack
card counting software.
