High Opt II Count System
A Level 2 Variation on the Classic Hi-Opt 1
As you have probably gathered, the Hi-Opt 2 system is an upgrade to Hi-Opt 1, the name refers to this system being ‘highly optimal’. The original system was more straightforward, where the only values the player would use in the count were -1 and +1. Version 2 expands this to include +2 and -2 as well. This does make the Hi-Opt 2 system a little more complicated, but it also increases the potential profitability of the system compared to the original.
To use the Hi-Opt 2 system you’ll need to keep a running count of the card values. This system is balanced, meaning that by the time you reach the end of the deck (or decks) the count should have levelled itself out to zero. When you are learning this system, you can test your accuracy by ensuring that the count is zero after you turn the last card. Essentially, the higher the count is, the more you should be betting, although, as you’ll see in the next section, it does get a little more complicated than that due to the addition of the ‘true count’.
The Hi-Opt 2 Card Counting System – Rules
Being a balanced system you’ll start your ‘running count’ with the first card that is dealt from the shoe (whether the shoe has just a single deck or more than one). You’ll now add or subtract values to and from the running count based on the following cards:
Four or five add 2 to the running count.
Two, three, six and seven add 1 to the running count.
Ten, jack, queen and king all subtract 2 from the running count.
Eight, nine and ace are all considered neutral, so the running count remains the same.
For example, if you have a running count of +2 and the next card is a seven, the new count will be +3.
However, this is not quite the end of the story as you’ll now have to evaluate the ‘true count’. You’ll work this out by taking the ‘running count’ and dividing it by the number of decks left in the shoe. For example, if the running count is +12 and you have four decks left (you can approximate the number of decks), the ‘true count’ will be +3.
When you have the ‘true count’ you can put your betting strategy into action. If the ‘true count’ is positive you should increase your bet size and the higher the number is, the more you should increase your stake. Of course, if the count is negative, the opposite applies and you should look at reducing your bet size or leaving the table. Of course, you have to be careful to not to make your play look like you are actually card counting, so aim to mix it up a bit, instead of following a set betting system.
There is an added part to the system based around the Aces. Yes, the aces are considered neutral when it comes to the count, but it is in an idea to keep an eye on how many are still in play. For example, if there is just one deck remaining and you figure that there are 6 aces in there, the likelihood of blackjack is higher, so you should also consider raising your stake in this scenario.
The Pros and Cons of the Hi-Opt 2 Card Counting System
This system has two big advantages. The first is that it beats many other systems when it comes to beating the house edge. All card counting systems, if used correctly, should turn the house edge on its head and give the edge to the player, but this system gives the player more of an edge in comparison to level 1 systems. The second advantage is that being a balanced system, it promises greater accuracy than other non-balanced systems.
The biggest downside of the system is that it is slightly more complicated than others, although you certainly wouldn’t say that it’s the most complicated out there. With variable values to add and subtract and the calculation of the ‘true count’ this is not a system for the beginner, so learning the Hi-Opt 1 first before progressing onto this further system might be an idea
Overview of the Hi-Opt 2 System
If you are looking for a system that will give you that all-important edge at blackjack, this is certainly one to consider. It’s accurate and does give you more of an edge than many comparable systems. This is ideal for the practiced card counter, who can cope with the many distractions of the casino, the varied values of the different cards and the extra calculation of the running count all at the same time.