December 14, 2018, 2:19 am

The KO Blackjack Card Counting System

Most online Blackjack players are familiar with card counting systems like Hi-Opt I and Hi-Opt II, but there are others that you can use, one of them being the KO, or knockout method.

The KO card counting system is what is called an unbalanced system. A balanced system is one wherein neutral, positive and negative values are given to the cards, and at the onset and conclusion everything reverts back to zero. That isn't the case with this technique, and in many ways it is more advantageous to the player.

The Basics of the KO Card Counting System

The basic process involves adding one neutral number as a positive value. For example in most systems, 7, 8 and 9 are assigned values of 0, but in KO you would include the 7 as a positive number (i.e. +1). The advantage here is that you don't have to go back and forth between the Blackjack card count and the "true" or running count.

The running count in Blackjack refers to the total number of cards that have been discarded or played already; this is different from the card count, since some of the hands are assigned zero values. Obviously it can be very difficult to monitor two running totals, to say nothing of the strategies and tactics. To top it off, you also need to make sure you don't get noticed by the casino dealer. Card counting is not illegal per se, but it is an activity frowned upon by some gambling establishments.

The other values in the Blackjack KO card counting system is similar to those in other methods, i.e., 2 to 6 (plus the 7) are +1, 10 to A -1, 8 and 9 are zero. Although this system may deviate from the usual, it can be a boon especially for those that have a difficult time card counting in casinos. With this method you only have to keep track of one count.

Using the KO card counting system in Blackjack

There are a couple of things you need to consider first before trying this system. The first is that if you are comfortable and making profits with the Hi Lo or Hi-Opt method, then there's no reason to switch. Second, as with any strategy, you should practice this one thoroughly before actually implementing it in the game.

The KO card counting system is a method that any Blackjack player can learn, provided that enough time is afforded it. Although it is not guaranteed to give you a payout every time you leave the table, it will curb your losses, allowing for more playing time, and consequently potential for more earnings.