Blackjack card counting – The Zen Count System

The Zen Count system is one of the most common card counting strategies used in blackjack. The system delivers accurate results and is categorized as a balanced level II count system. The only setback of making use of this system is that it makes use of many point values when compared to unbalanced card count systems. 

The Zen Count system makes use of the following point values, 0, +1, +2, -1, and -2. 

The point values of each card are outlined as follows:

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T A
+1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 0 0 -2 -1

Using the above chat, during game play, players would have to determine the running count and the initial count when the deck has been reshuffled is 0.  Thus, the running count will decrease or increase depending on the cards being dealt on the table. 

Face cards 8 and 9 carry a neutral value while the rest of high cards carry a -2 value and an Ace has a value of -1. 

Using the table above, low cards increase the running count and high cards reduce the running count.  The Zen Count system makes use of the True count which is determined by dividing the running count over the number of decks used in the variation. 

For example, if the running count is +4 and you are playing a variation with 4 decks then the true count will be +1. The Zen count system is more similar to the Hi-Lo Count System as it assigns a value to the Ace. 

Thus, if your true count is below 0 or in the negative region then you need to bet less while if the true count is very high in the positive region you can bet more units.

Depending on the True count, you can wager the following bet units during game play

True Count Wager
0 or less 1 Unit
+1 1 Unit
+2 2 Units
+3 3 Units
+4 4 Units
+5 5 Units
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