Omega Count

Omega II is a system that you can utilise to make informed decisions about your betting strategy when playing extended games of casino blackjack. The system falls under the category of level II card counting, and is not recommended for novice card counters.

If you are becoming interested in card counting systems, it is highly recommended that you start off with a basic system such as the Hi Lo Count and progress to Omega II once you can deploy Hi Lo seamlessly at the casino blackjack tables.

Having said that, Omega II is widely considered as one of the easier level II counting systems out there, but you still need to practice the basics if you want to deploy it successfully.

What is Omega II?

Omega 2 is what is known as a card counting system – a method of giving yourself an advantage over the house when playing casino Blackjack. Systems like this are highly controversial because they work extremely well when implemented by proficient players. Consequently, the casinos are dead set against such methods, but since card counting has been ruled by the courts as a skill, they can’t actually stop you doing it.

However, if they spot you trying to use a system like Omega II, it’s quite likely that you’ll be removed from the casino: right of admission is reserved, after all. Even if they don’t kick you out, they will most likely attempt to distract you, putting you off your count.

To use Omega II with success, you will need to practice a lot. It involves a lot of simple but very quick arithmetic, and you need to be able to perform this kind of mathematics in your head without using any tics like counting on your fingers or moving your lips – these are a dead giveaway. Nor can you rely on any electronics to help you keep count, because this IS considered cheating and will get you prosecuted.

The Concept Behind Omega II Card Counting

If you are already proficient with system such as Hi Lo Count, then you will already be in familiar water: Omega II works in a very similar way, but uses completely different numbers. It also produces more accurate results.

Omega II ignores suits, and splits the deck into different groupings by face value. Each grouping is assigned a point count, which you’ll add to or subtract from a mental running total when you see these cards appear.

In Omega II, the 2, 3 and 7 are worth +1. The 4, 5 and 6 are worth +2. We ignore the 8 and the Ace (they’re worth nothing in this system).

The 9 is worth -1, meaning you must subtract 1 from your total when you see it. The 10 and all of the Royal face cards are worth -2.

The value of your running total is the indicator of the state of the deck. If your total is high, this means many low cards are already out, creating good conditions for hands worth 20 – increase your bet. If your total is low, this indicates that many high cards have already been spent – drop your bet.