The Omega II Count is a balanced level II card counting system that is used by many blackjack professional players. Omega II Count was made popular by the book titled ‘Blackjack for Blood” by Bryce Carlson published in 2001.
However, the card counting system is a bit difficult at which a player has to keep note of different point values as well as keeping track of the Running Count (RC) and True Count (TC).
The card counting system is one of the best systems available and it has a correlation of 0.92 without the Ace and correlation of 0.99 with the Ace count. The card counting system is very accurate and the point values used include -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2. The only major difference is that the common neutral cards – 7 and 9 are assigned a point value.
The point values are distributed as follows:
Face Card 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T A
Point Value +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 0 -1 -2 0
Betting Correlation (BC) = 0.92
Playing Efficiency (PE) = 0.67
Insurance Correlation (IC) = 0.84
The system is a bit complicated due to its wide range of point values. The Initial Running Count (IRC) starts from 0 and its ending count after all cards are dealt should be 0. In order to make the system more effective, a player should do a separate count of the Aces.
Thus, when keeping track of the Running Count, you would need to convert the RC to True Count (TC). The TC is derived by dividing the Running Count (RC) by the Number of remaining decks.
When the count is high this would indicate that many low cards have been played on the table and the shoe deck is now high card rich. The ideal of the system is to bet low when you have a low count and bet high when you have a high count.