Knock-Out Blackjack by Olaf Vancura and Ken Fuchs

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A book by Olaf Vancura and Ken Fuchs

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The book “Knock-Out Blackjack” (by Olaf Vancura and Ken Fuchs) introduces the K-O count.   K-O is the simplest set of tools ever devised to successfully beat the casinos.   What have you been missing? Step into the ring, the bout begins here!


“Simple and powerful, clear and entertaining” — Edward O. Thorp, Author of Beat the Dealer

“***** Outstanding.” — Michael Dalton, Editor/Publisher of Blackjack Review

“My new recommendation for the one book every new player should read….destined to become a classic.” — Arnold Snyder,Publisher of Blackjack Forum 

“…nearly miraculous results.” — Don Schlesinger, Creator of Illustrious 18, Author of Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way

“Best for the aspiring card-counter” — Anthony Curtis, Publisher of Las Vegas Advisor


The Knock-Out System is a Level-1 unbalanced point count. As such, K-O does NOT require true count conversions (the painful and error-prone arithmetic in which the card counter must first estimate the number of decks remaining and then divide the running count by this estimate) or any side counts. The Preferred Knock-Out System also includes a Reduced and Rounded set of strategy variation indices. These top 18 basic strategy departures are “rounded” to just three, easy to remember, count values — each of which has a fundamental meaning to the K-O technique. Despite the ease of K-O, the system performs admirably against all popular card counting tries. 

Table of Contents (1998 edition)


Chapter 1: AHistorical Perspective of Card Counting

Chapter 2: The Basic Strategy

Chapter 3: An Introduction to Card-Counting

Chapter 4: The Unbalanced Knock-Out System

Chapter 5: The Knock-Out System – Rookie

Chapter 6: The Knock-Out System – Preferred Strategy

Chapter 7: The Knock-Out System – Preferred Betting

Chapter 8: Enhancing Profits

Appendix I: Rules of Blackjack
Appendix II: Blackjack Jargon
Appendix III: A Comparison of the K-O System to Other Systems
Appendix IV: The Full Knock-Out System
Appendix V: The Effects of Varying Penetration on K-O
Appendix VI: Benchmark Risks of Ruin
Appendix VII: The K-O for 4 Decks
Appendex VIII: Customizing the Knock-Out Count
Appendix IX: Recommended Reading


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