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Hi-Opt I and II Count

Unlike K.O. count, the Hi-Opt I and II card counting systems are balanced. In effect, by following them, you end a shoe count with a total of zero. In this article, we will introduce you to how they operate.

Put the Aces to the side

Hi-Opt I and II are simple systems for putting Aces to the side, if you are playing at a Blackjack table that uses one or two decks. In a game, you can expect, statistically, to receive one Ace per quarter of the shoe. If, for example, when the dealer has distributed a quarter of the deck, no ace has appeared, you can consider the shoe to be rich in Aces. For betting reasons, you can add 1 to the count temporarily. On the contrary, if two aces have been dealt, the shoe is considered poor and you must add -1 to the count for betting purposes. Since there are only four Aces to follow in a simple game, omitting the aces in the count allows the player to improve his method of playing his hand. The Hi-Opt I and II systems are relatively complex to practice. So, we advise you to only use these systems on a table with a shoe that contains one or two decks. If you sit at a table using a shoe that holds more than this, use the Hi-Low system instead.

Card values in the Hi-Opt I system

In the following table, we lay out for you the value of each card used in the Hi-Opt I system.

Card2345678910JackQueenKingAce
Value0+1+1+1+1000-1-1-1-10

Card values in the Hi-Opt II system

The Hi-Opt II system is difficult to master. In the following table, we lay out for you the value of each card used in this method.

Card2345678910JackQueenKingAce
Value+1+1+2+2+1+100-2-2-2-20

The Hi-Opt I and II systems at multiple-deck tables

To determine the True Count, you must use a system. To do this, divide the total obtained by the number of decks being used in the shoe. This allows you to weight the advantage.