Counting Cards with the Zen System – How to Count Cards in Blackjack


Welcome to this GamblingSites.org how-to video. Today, we’re focusing on another system
for counting cards in blackjack… the Zen System. This video will describe the system in detail
and help you decide if it might be the right one for you. If you haven’t watched our introductory
videos into Card Counting, make sure you watch those first before advancing here. The Zen System was popularized in a 1983 book
called “Blackbelt in Blackjack” by Arnold Snyder. It’s a two-level system, with cards worth
plus or minus 1 or plus or minus 2 points. In this system, the 8 and 9 cards are worth
0. Meanwhile, the 2’s, 3’s and 7’s are
all worth plus-1. … The 4’s, 5’s and 6’s are all worth
plus-2. … The Aces are worth minus-1. … And the ten and face cards are worth minus-2. … Those point values make the Zen System
balanced, where you’ll end up with a total of zero if you count all the way through a
full deck. Like with other balanced systems, you’ll
need to convert your count from the Zen system into a “true count”… dividing your running
count by the number of decks you estimate remain in the shoe. The system has excellent grades for Betting
Correlation, Playing Efficiency and Insurance Correlation. These are all graded on a scale from zero
to one, and the Zen Count’s betting correlation, in particular… which helps you decide when
to raise your bets… is fantastic… grading at a 0.96! That makes it one of the best systems in the
world for helping you decide when to raise your bets. Like with most other multi-level card counting
systems, the Zen Count System can be tough to use. It might be harder than some other systems,
but it should pay off in the form of increased profits at the table. Just make sure to practice plenty at home
before you try and use this system at the casino. … We have plenty of additional videos and
articles for you to make sure you are the best blackjack player you can be… including
more within the “Advanced Blackjack” section… so make sure to check out GamblingSites.org
for even more on the game.

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