An Overview of the Hi Opt Card Counting System

All winning Blackjack players share a common trait, and that is looking for, and using every available edge. While other card counting systems sacrifice efficiency for ease of use, the same cannot be said for the Hi Opt (highly optimum) method.

There are two versions of the Hi Opt card counting technique, and both are referred to as the Einstein Count. While this moniker might scare some people off, the process is not really all that complex, albeit it is more involved than the usual Hi-Lo or KO procedures.

In Hi Opt card counting version I, the following values are consigned to the Blackjack cards: for all 2s, 7s, 8s, 9s and Aces the value is zero, for cards 3 to 6, it is plus one, and for tens up to Kings it is negative one.

In Hi Opt card counting version II, the following values are assigned: 2, 3, 6 and 7 are plus one; for 4 and 5 it is plus two; 10, Jacks, Queens, Kings negative two, 4 and 5 are plus one; Aces, 7, 8 and 9, as in High Opt I, are allocated a zero value.

The reason for the designation of more values to the numbers is that it allows the Blackjack player to keep better track of all the cards, and also make more accurate bets and wagers. With more allocation of values, Hi Opt II is, statistically speaking, more precise, but it should be apparent that both card counting techniques are quite complex.

If you are thinking of using these Blackjack card counting methods, you need to conduct serious training. It goes without saying that you should be familiar -and have successfully used- the other systems like Hi-Lo before attempting any version of Hi Opt in the casino.

Some Blackjack aficionados might even question the need for using the Hi Opt system; they will argue that the benefit that you will receive is only minimal, and not worth the effort and time you invest in learning the procedure. Others will hold the opposite viewpoint though, and say there is an edge. If you look at the percentage and numbers, it will show that Hi Opt I and II are the most exact card counting systems for Blackjack.

The Hi Opt technique is utilized by a lot of professional Blackjack players. However, even if you are not a pro, by being dedicated to the process, you will be able to make use of it when you are in the casino, giving you an advantage that few players will possess.