The High Opt 1 system is a card counting system that is used by advanced blackjack players only because it is a lot more complicated than the Hi Low system and the KO Count. The High Optimum 1 card counting system is definitely worth the extra effort as players will be able to calculate a more accurate true count when playing blackjack. The true count devised when using this system will give players a much more accurate depiction of the advantage that they may have over the dealer. Also known as the Einstein Count, the High Opt 1 system should only be attempted by experienced players who have an extensive knowledge of the game and who have mastered the other more basic card counting systems.
Using the High Opt 1 System
- Neutral cards: The number cards 2, 7, 8 and 9 as well as the Aces in the deck are all considered to be neutral and do not affect the running total at all.
- +1 cards: The number cards 3, 4, 5 and 6 all affect the running count by increasing it by 1 each time one of these cards are dealt.
- -1 cards: When a 10, Jack, Queen or King is dealt, the running total decreases by 1 each time.
The High Opt 1 card counting system is a level 1 system so every card dealt will not affect the running count by more than 1.
Converting the Running Count to a True Count
The true count is the really valuable count that players need to be aware of when using the High Opt 1 system. The true count is determined by taking the running count and dividing it by the number of decks that are still remaining in the shoe. Players will of course have to estimate the number of decks left in the shoe to the best of their abilities when making this calculation. The true count achieved when using the High Opt 1 system is a lot more accurate than the true count achieved when using the High Low system for example.