KNOCK OUT Card Counting…Easier on the Beginner?

A friend of mine who spends a lot of his free time in Atlantic City said recently that he was learning a card counting system called KO, or Knock Out.

He wanted to know more.

OK then. Here is more.

Most card counters… beginners I mean, probably start with¬†balanced card counting systems such as the Hi-Lo, Hi-Opt I, and Hi-Opt II systems.

Balanced card counting systems are the ones in which if you counted down an entire deck of cards, you would end up with a count of 0.

Contrast that with unbalanced counting system, one where you will not end up with a count 0 by counting through an entire deck of cards.

Such as the KO.

The KO card counting system is one where if you counted down an entire deck of cards, you will NOT end up with a count of 0.

Basically, the KO strategy adds one extra small card to the Hi-Lo count, the 7, as a +1 value .

By using this system you will end up with a count of positive 4 if you counted down a deck of cards, because there are 4 sevens in every deck. The imbalance of this counting system is created to deliberately avoid the need to make true count conversions. The following chart shows each cards value, in the KO count:

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

The KO card counting system was designed to make card counting slightly easier on the player.

More, next time. Just absorb, if you will, the chart above.

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