What Is the Red 7 System of Card Countng?

If you're on the prowl for a card counting system to use when playing blackjack, the Red 7 system is one that you might want to consider. Many folks like using this particular card counting system since it's rather simple to learn and put into practice. In addition, the Red 7 system is developed in such a way that users don't have to use division as many other systems require.

On this page, you'll find everything you need to know about the Red 7 system. We'll start things off with an explanation of the basic fundamentals of the system. Then, we'll move into sections focused on how you can actually count cards and size your wagers. You'll also find information on how you can avoid getting caught using it and how you can practice the system at home. Finally, we'll close things out with a section of frequently asked questions and additional blackjack resources.

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Understanding the Basics of the Red 7 System

Before we get too deep into the Red 7 system and how you can use it to get a leg up on the casino, we wanted to ensure that we get you up to speed on the basics of how the system functions. Below, we've included pertinent details about this card counting system. Be sure not to skim over this section as all of the information below is vital to understanding how the Red 7 system functions.

Dealer Dropping Cards on Blackjack Table

Running Count

The most important concept of the Red 7 system is the idea of a running count. As you count cards while playing the game, you'll need to keep a running count in your head. In the next section, we'll give you specific details on exactly how you do it. At a high level, each card that you'll see will have an assigned value with it. It's up to you to know that card's value and then add it to the running calculation of all previsions cards.

The running count is pertinent to the Red 7 system since its value is what will determine how you'll bet your hands. When used properly, the system will aid you in knowing when to bet more or less based upon the cards still left in the playing deck.

Starting Count

If you've studied card counting systems previously, then you're probably aware that the majority of them out there have you use a starting count of zero whenever you're kicking off a counting session. However, some systems, including the Red 7 and K-O ones, require players to adjust their starting count based on the number of decks being used in the game. Below, we've included a quick chart to help you visualize what starting count you should use depending on how many decks are used in the game you're playing.

  • One deck = Starting count of -2
  • Two decks = Starting count of -4
  • Four decks = Starting count of -8
  • Six decks = Starting count of -12
  • Eight decks = Starting count of -16

A simple rule of thumb is that you should multiply the number of decks in play by two and then make it negative.


If you are at a table with six decks of cards in use, you'll multiply that by two and add a negative sign, giving you a starting count of -12. With the use of this adjustable starting count, the Red 7 system doesn't require players to calculate a true count in addition to the running count.

True Count

Since the Red 7 system of blackjack card counting is an unbalanced system using adjustable starting counts, one of the best parts about it is that you don't have to run a true count concurrently with your running count. Those of you that are familiar with different types of blackjack card counting systems may already be familiar to the idea of a true count. However, other readers may not be.

If you've not studied card counting systems a ton yet, you should know that many of them out there require players to do division to convert their running count into a true count. The goal of a true count in these systems is to account for the number of decks in play. Without this step, some of the other systems out there would give players a false sense of where they actually stand with their count. To calculate a true count with these systems, you just divide the current running count by the number of decks still believed to be in play.

While not overly tricky, converting to a true count is an extra step that is required for many other systems. Luckily, the Red 7 system doesn't need you to take this step, so it saves you time and headache!


The primary purpose of the Red 7 system is to help you identify when you should be betting more or less money on your hands of blackjack. Using the system's running count, you'll have guidance on how much you should wager. We'll go into more detail on exactly how much you should wager in a later section.

Here's how the running count works: If your running count is high, that implies that you have a good chance of getting blackjack and the larger associated payout. However, if your running count is negative or low, the system is informing you that you have a small chance of getting a blackjack. In general, the higher your running count, the more you should wager on your hand. Alternatively, you'll want to bet as little as possible when your count is low or negative.

Counting Cards With the Red 7 System

If you feel comfortable with the basics of the system described above, we now want to move you into a section that discusses how you'll actually count cards using Red 7. For each card in the deck, the Red 7 system has an associated value tied to it. The chart below showcases these values. You'll want to study this chart and memorize these values as they are an integral part of how the system functions.

  • Determine your starting count based on the number of decks in play. See our guidance in the section
  • When you see an A, K, Q, J, or 10: Subtract 1 from your running count
  • When you see a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or red 7: Add 1 to your running count
  • When you see a black 7, 8, or 9: Do nothing (worth 0)

If you're playing at a table with a single deck of cards, you'll start your running count with a -2 based on our guidance in the section above. Then, if the dealer deals a queen, you'll take the value of that card (-1) and add it to your running count. This will bring your new running count total to a -3. Then, if a red 7 is dealt next, you'll add a +1 to your count, thus bringing your running count to -2. You'll continue this running count until the deck is shuffled. Then, you'll begin the process all over again.

For those of you paying attention, you'll notice the red 7 portion in the chart above. The system gets its name from the fact that red 7s are tracked separately from black ones. Due to this, it creates an unbalanced card counting system that doesn't require the use of a true count conversion.

How to Size Your Bets Using the Red 7 System

Now that you've got a good grip of the basics of the Red 7 system and how you can use it to count cards let's focus on how you'll use the system to size your bets. In general, the lower your count, the less you'll want to bet. Conversely, if you have a very high count, you'll want to bet more as you have a higher possibility of getting blackjack.

Dealer Fanning Cards Out on Blackjack Table

One way to use the Red 7 system to size your bets is to use your running count as a betting multiplier.


If your running count is +4, you could bet 4x the table minimum. If you were playing at a $10 minimum table, you'd bet $40 on your next hand if your running count is +4. Using this strategy, you'd bet the table minimum if your count is +1, 0, or negative.

Another way to size your bets using this system is to create tiered buckets.


You might develop a strategy that says if your running count is between a +2 and +3, you'll bet 2x the minimum table wager. By going this route, your bets won't be as aggressive as the option discussed above. Ultimately, you can determine what betting strategy works best for you and your individual needs.

How to Practice the Red 7 System

Up next, we wanted to bring you this section focused on how you can begin practicing the Red 7 system at home. Below, we've got a step-by-step guide on things you can start doing now to put what you've learned above in practice. By following these tips below, you'll be counting cards in no time!

Learn to Count a Deck

To get things started, your first step of practicing the Red 7 system is to learn how to count a deck. Above, we've covered the details on the cards you need to track with this system and their associated values. Your goal with this step is to count all 52 cards and keep the running total in your head. Just deal yourself one card at a time, think of its value, and add it to your running count. Repeat until you've gone through the entire deck.

Record Your Times

After you've tried counting a deck using the Red 7 system a few times, it's a good idea to record your time doing it. By doing this, you'll set yourself an initial benchmark that you should work to improve on. Simply set a stopwatch on your phone and see how long it takes you to count the entire deck. After jotting that time down, keep practicing with a goal of cutting your initial time in half.

Learn to Count in Pairs

If you're starting to feel like a pro counting a deck and you see your times decrease, it's time to move on to this next step. For this round, you're going to begin counting cards in pairs as opposed to singles. By using this method, you'll learn to count even faster overall.

Here's how it works. Instead of dealing just one card at a time, deal yourself two. Then, add up the associated values of those cards together and add that total to your running count. Continue this two-card process more times until you've run through the entire deck. You should also time yourself with this exercise to help track your progress as you improve your card counting skills.

Try Distracting Yourself

After you've got the counting of a deck down in both singles and pairs, there's another step you should take to practice your Red 7 system mastery. Up until now, you've probably been counting in a relatively quiet space. Unfortunately, counting cards in a real casino is nothing like doing it in a calm home.

For this step of practice, you'll want to cause distractions for yourself. It's as simple as turning on the radio or television in the background. Your goal should be to have things going on in the background that might cause you to lose focus. By practicing in this environment, you'll be less likely to become distracted in a real-life casino.

Use a Friend

One of your final steps of practice involves the use of a friend. Grab a buddy that you trust to be honest with you. Then, ask them to observe as you count a deck of cards closely. While you do it, have them see if you're giving off any potential tells.

Some of the things they should look out for are furrowed brows, odd hand movements, or mouthing your count. If they see anything that seems weird, make sure they tell you about it. Then, your goal will be to eliminate those potential tells so that casino staff members won't be able to catch on to them and flag you as a possible card counter.

Test Your Counting Skills in a Casino

For this next step of Red 7 system practice, we want you to head to a local casino. While there, your goal is to count cards at real blackjack tables while others play the game. Simply stand back from the table and use the system to create a running count. Your goal with this practice step is to ensure that you can effectively count cards at a real blackjack casino table. Repeat this step until you're confident that you're able to keep up with the speed of the game.

Begin with Low Stakes

After you've run through all of your suggested steps above and you feel like you're ready, it's time to use your Red 7 system skills at a real-money blackjack table. We'd suggest you kick things off at a low stakes table. It's a good idea to cut your teeth on a low stakes table so you can calm any nerves and iron out any kinks that you might have in your system implementation. Then, when you're ready to advance to higher stakes, you can proceed with your level of comfort.

Tips to Avoid Getting Caught

Up next, we wanted to give you some tips on how you can avoid getting caught counting cards. While it's not illegal for you to use card counting systems like the Red 7, casinos are not fans of clients using them since it can increase the casino's possibility of losing money. If detected, you might be asked to leave the table or the casino. To decrease the likelihood of this happening, be sure to read and follow our tips below.

  • Play at different casinos.

    If possible, we'd always suggest that you play at different casinos as much as possible. However, that's not an option for many folks that may only have one casino within driving distance of their home. But, if you do have the opportunity, mix up which casinos you play at so that the employees at each one have a smaller chance of flagging you as a potential card counter.

  • Play with different dealers.

    Something else you should do is play with different dealers as much as possible. If you end up playing with one dealer for too long, it can allow them to pick up on potential body tells that you might be putting off. By playing with different dealers regularly, you'll be less likely to get caught counting cards.

  • Play at different times.

    Unfortunately, many folks are left with only a single casino option close to their home. If you fall into that bucket, it's a brilliant idea to play at different times of the day.


    If you only ever play in the mid-afternoon, you're exposing yourself to many of the same casino employees on a regular basis. Doing this can allow them to catch on to your card counting patterns.

    However, if you come at different times of the day, you're more likely to work with different casino employees, thus lowering the chance of you being flagged as a potential card counter.

  • Don't sit at one table too long.

    Another way to keep casino employees from being able to establish your card counting ways is to ensure that you don't play at one table for too long. Our general guidance is that you should change tables once or twice every hour.

  • See if you're being watched more than usual.

    In any real casino, you're always being watched. Between the many cameras and pit staff, eyes are always on you. However, if you're suspected of being a card counter, you'll often find eyes on you more often than average. Should you ever feel like this is the case, we'd suggest you take a break and consider coming back some other time. Otherwise, you might end up being escorted out of the casino you're playing at.

  • Tip your dealers.

    Something else that can help you avoid detection as a card counter is occasionally tipping your dealers. Serious card counters that are closely watching their profit margins are known for not tipping at all. So you don't potentially fall into this bucket, make sure you toss your dealers an occasional tip.

  • Don't give tips to your tablemates.

    If you're counting cards correctly using the Red 7 system, you're going to have some great insight into how you should bet based on your running count. However, it's essential that you keep this information to yourself. While it might be tempting to share your system insights with your fellow tablemates, doing so can get you flagged as a potential card counter. Instead, keep the tips to yourself and make sure you execute the system as correctly as possible.

  • Don't drink too much.

    If you're going to use the Red 7 system to count cards at a casino, it's a good idea to limit the amount of alcohol you consume. While it's okay to have a small amount of alcohol, we'd suggest you take it lightly. Alcohol can impact your decision-making abilities and your ability to concentrate. Both of these skills are vital when counting cards while playing blackjack.

  • Don't concentrate too hard.

    Another good thing to keep in mind while counting cards with the Red 7 system is to not think too hard. Don't get us wrong; you'll have to think some. However, what's important here is that you don't overthink. If you do, you might end up making gestures like a furrowed brow that the dealer can use to identify you as a potential card counter. Use our suggested practice steps above to make sure you don't have any tells when counting cards.

  • Keep your bet spread small.

    Our last tip for you to help fly under the radar when counting cards using the Red 7 system is for you to keep your bet spread small. Here, we're suggesting that you don't increase your bets by any more than 5x the table minimum. Even if your running count from the system has a higher recommended bet multiplier, it's a good idea set a cap and stick to it so you are not flagged as a potential card counter.

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Blackjack Strategy for Beginners

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Frequently Asked Questions

After checking out everything above, there's a chance that some of you still have some questions about the Red 7 system at this point. If you're one of them, don't miss our collection of FAQs below. Here, you'll find some of the questions that we hear from our readers most often about this blackjack card counting system.

Is it easy to learn the Red 7 System?

If you've skipped ahead to this FAQ section without reading the majority of the information above, be sure to circle back up and review all of the details provided. By using this page and all of our tips and tricks provided, we're confident that most individuals can quickly learn how to understand and begin to implement the Red 7 system of blackjack card counting. With a little bit of time studying and practicing, you'll be ready to start using this system in a relatively short amount of time.

Am I breaking the law if I use the Red 7 System of counting cards?

No. Counting cards using the Red 7 system or any other system for counting cards while playing blackjack is not illegal anywhere around the globe. This is true as long as you are doing the counting with your mind. However, if you end up using some form of device, like a small computer, to aid you with counting, you're cheating and potentially breaking the law depending on where you play the game. To avoid any legal troubles, be sure only to implement the Red 7 system with your brain and nothing else.

It's worth noting that while counting cards isn't illegal, casinos don't like it when patrons use systems to do it. Because counting cards can give players a leg up on the casino, it's not uncommon to hear of casinos asking players to leave if they suspect they are counting cards. To avoid this situation, be sure to check out our section above about how you can avoid getting caught while using the Red 7 system.

Will I make money using the Red 7 System?

When using the Red 7 system, it's possible that you might make money while playing blackjack. However, it's vital for you to understand that you are not guaranteed to make money. When used properly, the Red 7 system of blackjack card counting can help you increase your chances of winning.

Does the Red 7 System work for online blackjack?

Depending on the type of online blackjack you plan on playing, you may be able to use the Red 7 system of blackjack card counting. For starters, if you play a traditional online form of blackjack, you won't be able to use this system or any other one. This is because most traditional blackjack games automatically reshuffle the deck after every hand. Unfortunately, this kills the ability for trends to be established with a card counting system.

However, if you're planning to play a live dealer format of blackjack, you might be able to use the Red 7 system. In many cases, live dealer formats allow you to easily see all of the cards on the table as well as the shoe. Unless the table is using a continuous shuffling machine, you should be able to implement the Red 7 system while playing online. Just remember to start your count over each time that the cards are shuffled

Is this the card counting system that I should use?

The Red 7 system is an excellent one that many individuals use to count cards while playing blackjack. However, it's not necessarily the best fit for all individuals. The good news is that there are lots of different card counting systems out there. To learn about others, check out the link to our card counting hub page above. Here, you can view details on many other popular available systems. As you investigate your options, look for a system that's easy for you to learn and implement without too many struggles.


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