The High Opt 2 card counting system is a very accurate but very difficult card counting system to master. This is mainly due to the fact that unlike most other card counting systems, the High Optimum 2 system is a multi-level system. A multi-level system is a system where the cards dealt can have a value of 0, +1, +2 or -2.
The High Opt 2 system is considered by many to be the most complicated card counting system ever developed. While it definitely is more accurate than other simpler systems, many players argue that the complexity of the system leaves room for many errors and can slow down the player’s pace.
Only players who are very experienced should attempt to use this system. The Hi Opt 2 system is the very last card counting technique that players should learn because players need to be able to perform calculations quickly and accurately.
Using the Hi Opt 2 System
When using this particular card counting system, cards are prescribed the following values when adjusting the running count as they are dealt:
- Neutral cards: All Aces are considered to be neutral with a value of 0.
- +1: The number cards 2, 3, 6 and 7 have a value of +1 when using the High Opt 2 system
- +2: The number cards 4 and 5 have a value of +2.
- -2: The 10, Jack, Queen and King will have a value of -2.
The true count is achieved by dividing your running count by the number of decks that still needs to be dealt. This is the same method used in most other card counting systems when players wish to convert the running count to a true count.
All Aces are considered to be neutral when using the High Opt 2 card counting system. However, many players realize that it is very important to keep track of how many Aces are still left in the shoe. This is why the generally try to keep a separate tally of all the Aces dealt. This can be quite tricky though because the High Opt 2 is already quite complicated system in and of itself.