Canfield Expert Card Counting System

There are two types of the Canfield card counting system — the Canfield Master Count and the Canfield Expert.
In this guide we will look at the Canfield Expert system. The expert count is much simpler when compared with the Canfield Master and it is a level-one balanced card counting system. The player efficiency is quite decent and it is one of the strategies that are highly recommended for new players.

The Canfield Expert system is very easy to master, is effective and simple, making it an ideal way for beginners to advance their blackjack game.

Getting started with the Canfield Expert

Your initial count should be at 0 when the deck is shuffled and you will need to keep track of the count during game play so it is accurate and effective.

When making a comparison between the Canfield Expert and the Hi-Lo counting system you will observe that the odds and strengths of the Hi-Lo count system are much better than those in the Canfield Expert. The only setback of this system is that it was designed specifically for the blackjack variation which makes use of a single deck.

This card counting system makes use of the basic terms of the count values – +1 and -1. The Canfield Expert count system distributes the values as shown below.

CARD 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A
SCORE +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 0 0 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 -0


In this system aces are not assigned any value and it is given a neutral value hence it does not cause any change to the count. But alternatively, you are able to count the aces so as to improve the strategy and odds of this system.

Since this system is based on the level-one balanced card counting system, you just have to focus mainly on the three values which are -1, 0, and +1. The main objective of this system is to keep track of the cards as they are being removed from the deck and then adjust your count. When high cards are dealt you subtract from your running count with -1 and when low cards are dealt add running count with +1.

Your final objective is for you to bet low when you have a negative count and bet high when you have a high count. A high count means that more high than low cards remain in the deck and this gives an advantage to the player.