Red 7 is deemed as a card counting system that is best for card counting beginners or even blackjack beginners. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s an inaccurate system. On the contrary it is very accurate, very basic and very professional, which is why it’s great for beginners.
The best way to use it is to combine it with some blackjack strategy in order to gain an even bigger advantage. The Red 7 system was invented by the legendary card counter, Arnold Snyder, and you can read about it in his famous book called Blackbelt in Blackjack.
If you know how Hi-Lo works, you will be able to use the Red 7 immediately. Similarly to the Hi-Lo counting system, here too players assign points to different types of cards. Two, three, four, five, six and red seven are assigned +1. Ten, jack, queen, king and ace are assigned -1, while 0 is assigned to eight, nine and black seven. What you need to do with these points is to add and subtract them and when you have reached a positive count you can increase your bet safely.
The count begins by multiplying the number of decks with -2. For example, if there are 8 decks, your count will begin from -16. As cards are dealt you just add and subtract points according to their face value, and when the count reaches +1, +2 or +3 you can increase your bet. Also, the Red 7 comes with a strategy of when to hit or stand in situations such as: stand on 16 if the dealer has a 10 while the count is 0 or higher, stand on 12 if the dealer has a 3 while the count is 0 or higher, stand on 15 if the dealer has 10 while the count is +2 or higher etc.
The Red 7 count is much more accurate and favored compared to the Hi-Lo. With the Hi-Lo you have to make a rough estimate of how many decks are left in order to convert the running count into a true count. With the Red 7 you get the true count from the very beginning. Also, the principle of the method ensures that the decks are favorable until you reach the moment when you can increase your bet, and there is very little chance that you will fail.
The Red 7 can be learned quickly because it is simple, although there are advanced versions of it. According to Snyder, you will have an advantage in 80% of the cases, and you will make less mistakes because you don’t have to memorize anything or convert the running count, thus your card counting will be more accurate. Nevertheless, begin with the basic Red 7 by practicing home with multiple decks. Doing that while playing for real money would be a bit foolish.
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