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Zen Count Strategy 101

August 2 admin

First introduced in a book written by Arnold Snyder called “Black Belt in Blackjack.”   Here’s the count.

A   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10

-1  1   1   2   2   2   1   0   0   -2

For example:

{If the first card shown on the table is a Jack, your running count is -2.

If the second card is a 5 then your running count = 0 i.e. -2+2 = 0

If the third card is a 7 then the running count = +1}

Hence, with the Zen Count System, you need to maintain the running count as the cards are played on the table. After maintaining the running count, the next step is for you to determine the true count based on the number of decks used by the blackjack variation.

The true count is determined by dividing the running count by the number of decks remaining in the shoe. For example, if your running count is 6 and the number of decks remaining in a 4 deck variation is 3 then your true count is 2.

The Zen Count System is more similar to the Hi-Lo Count System as it includes the Ace in the count. However, many professional players believe that the Zen Count System is more accurate than compared to the Hi-Lo Count System. The higher the count is the higher you can increase your betting units. With a higher count, this indicates that the deck is high card rich and the dealer is more likely to bust. Therefore, when you have been dealt with a 15 or 14 it is not advisable for you to hit but rather stand or surrender only if the dealer’s face up card shows a 10 or 9 when you have a hand value of 15 or 14.


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