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Knock-Out Blackjack: The Easiest Card Counting System Ever Devised

The fact that Knock-Out Blackjack: The Easiest Card Counting System Ever Devised is still being published to this day speaks volumes of how good of a system it actually is. For those new to card counting, Knock-Out Blackjack or KO is perhaps one of the best systems to adapt. First introduced back in The Book of British Blackjack published in 1992, KO was initially called “All Sevens”. There have been many books since then that detail how the system works but none that are as comprehensive and anecdote-filled as Knock-Out Blackjack. And since Blackjack has fundamentally stayed the same since the time of the book’s publication (1996), the concepts detailed in its pages are still relevant and applicable up to this day.

The System

Knock-Out Blackjack starts off with an introduction that is sure to interest players who want to know more about the game and system’s origins. The next chapter then details the basic concepts of the KO system. Following this is a chapter dedicated to helping the reader understand the nuances of card counting and why it actually works.

With the introductory chapters done, Vancura and Fuchs then moves on to discuss the KO system in the next chapter. Knock-Out is essentially a level-one unbalanced count system that is similar in a lot of ways to the Hi-Lo system. In KO, cards are assigned point values. High value cards (10s or Better) are assigned a point value of -1 while low value cards (Deuces up to 7s) are assigned point values of 1. Unlike Hi-Lo, the neutral cards in the KO system are just the 8s and 9s. And while both systems are relatively easy, Vancura and Fuchs’ explanations about nuances of the KO system makes it ideal for card counters who are still starting out.

Is Knock-Out A Great Card Counting System?

There’s no doubting the fact that KO is a great counting system thanks to its combination of simplicity and power. Instead of asking whether it’s a great system, the questions that a card counter should ask him/herself should be: “is this the card counting system for me and does this book help me be good at it?” Answering the second question is actually a lot simpler than the first. Regardless of your skill level, Knock-Out Blackjack: The Easiest Card Counting System Ever Devised will help you better understand the KO system. Whether the KO system is for you though is something that only you should be able to answer.


Remember that Knock-Out isn’t the only card counting system out there. There might be other systems like the Omega II or Hi-Lo that you might prefer if you get to know more about them. With that being said, knowing about KO can help you learn about other systems better. If you’re still starting out as a card counter then make sure that you brush up on the KO system by reading Knock-Out Blackjack: The Easiest Card Counting System Ever Devised. Those who are already familiar with the system but want to brush up on their betting strategies and tactics would also do well if they read the book. As a matter of fact, even experts like Bryce Carlson (author of Blackjack for Blood) have been known to recommend the book as a great starting point for both aspiring and veteran card counters.