Systems Archive 3

Re: Probable Hoax

Posted by Ken Fuchs on 26 March 1999, at 1:56 p.m., in response to Re: Probable Hoax, posted by jake7 on 26 March 1999, at 1:33 p.m.

Sorry Jake. I usually don't respond to "Do you recommend K-O?" questions because someone else will usually pipe-in with an unbiased opinion.

But yes, K-O is a very good system. It is absolutely the system of choice for the new card counter. It is a must for the player who is having trouble with true count conversion. The price you saw was mismarked. So if you can get it at that price, it is a very good deal.

Here is a post I made a while ago hoping to explain some of the differences in balanced and unbalanced counts.

--------begin quote--------- When you count a balanced count, you will finish your count at the same point you started your count (if you count through all the cards). When you count an unbalanced count, you will not finish your count at the same point you started your count (if you count through all the cards).

Hi-Lo is a balanced count. If you start your running count at zero and count through all the cards in a deck, your running count will end at zero.

K-O is an unbalanced count. If you start your running count at zero and count through all the cards in a single deck, your running count will end at +4.

All counts have a single point at which the running count is also equal to the true count (we sometimes call this point the Pivot). Hi-Lo has a Pivot of zero. That is, whenever the running count is zero, the true count is also zero no matter how many decks have yet to be played. K-O has a Pivot equal to +4 times the number of decks in the game. Whenever the KO running count is at the Pivot (or 4*num_decks points higher than where the running count started), the K-O true count is exactly equal to +4. This is true no matter how many decks have yet to be played.

All point counts give us accurate information at their pivot. Hi-Lo's pivot is zero, which is not very useful to us, so a balanced count like Hi-Lo is typically true-count-converted prior to using it to make bets and such. K-O has a pivot of +4 which is typically a point when one is justified in making a large bet. This strategy can be used effectively without true-count-conversion.

All counts can be used in running count mode only, AND all counts can be true-count-converted to make them more effective. Balanced counts are almost always used with true-count-conversion and unbalanced counts are almost always used without true- count-conversion (running count only).

A good unbalanced count used in running count mode can deliver performance on par with a similarly weighted balanced count used in true-count mode.

Regards, -Ken Fuchs ---------------------end quote--------

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