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The Color of Blackjack : A revolutionary method to learn card counting Paperback – November 11, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144042697X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440426971
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Daniel Dravot is a professional gambler. He makes his living playing blackjack.

More About the Author

I'm a professional gambler. I'm on the road playing blackjack 300 days a year.

Here's a review from George C ~ blackjack expert and author - Says it all:
This book is an enticing and simplified methodology that squeezes every last drop from the KO count. A beginner shouldn't have any problems taking the original KO count and by using the color coded "cold, hot and warm" concepts shown by Daniel to optimize their play. You'll be playing at a skillful level just after applying the concepts that Daniel shows in the first four chapters. I simulated Daniel's betting and playing methodology using both the original KO and his simplifications. The improvement in SCORE was almost 4%. By-the-way, I used Qfit's CVData for the sims. Bottom line is this is a simplification of an already simple system that works well.
I've known Daniel for quite some time now and he not only talks the talk but walks the walk. He's made quite a nice haul over the last few years and it's outlined in the book. I highly recommend this book not only for new users but hard-core KO users will find it of interest also.
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Customer Reviews

I just Netflixed the movie "21".
Devon Toland
Daniel Dravot writes very clearly and provides clear advice from a very experienced professional in this field.
MR UMBERTO BONOLLO
If you want to learn card counting and beat casinos get this book.
Jeff Plecker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lola's Dad on March 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have successfully been using KO for years and adding this simple, powerful, common-sense approach to true-counting KO has given my game new octane! This book has changed my game forever. I suggest having a firm grasp of the concepts in KO Blackjack before you read this book. I have read every book ever published on the subject of blackjack at least three times. This book cuts through the theoretical drudgery and gives practical advice for the player who doesn't want to wallow in the mathematical minutia, but wants to play the game! Highly recommended from a real-world player!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adam J. Hand on November 2, 2009
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One of the problems with KO is that the ease of using an unbalanced system is offset somewhat by the fact that your estimated advantage is most accurate around the pivot point, and that because no true count is being taken, advantage is underestimated early in the shoe and overestimated later in the shoe. This excellent book remedies that problem. Overall, the win rate for Hi Lo appears in independent testing to be higher for single and double deck games than using KO, but if you don't want to keep a running count, KO supplemented with this book is the way to go. I haven't seen any data on the effect modifying one's bets using the ideas in this book has on the expectation from the baseline KO system, but given that those ideas address the specific reason why Hi Lo tends to outperform KO, I can't help but think implementing the system outlined by Mr. Dravot will narrow the gap between the two systems, if not close it entirely. In any event, betting more closely aligned with one's advantage can't be a bad thing. I would recommend becoming proficient in KO before implementing the ideas in this book, and Knock-Out Blackjack is definitely required reading before delving into this one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Howard Platt on May 13, 2009
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"The Color of Blackjack" is simply the best assortment of card counting information, with beautifully crafted graphs and figures brilliantly constructed for ease of understanding ever made, bar none!
You want to card count? You think it's hard? To bad, it is! You want a book that will make it easy, you found it.
I have bought many books and eventually settled on the KO system for its strength and ease. I always knew I was missing some power but I could not deal with that god-awful True-Count conversion. Then two months ago I stumbled across "The Color of Blackjack". It gives you the extra power of TKO without that hateful formula. This book cuts out the fat and tells you how to make money.
Don't get me wrong books like Knock-Out Blackjack are still great but I now consider them supplements to Dravot's book. Those books only explain concepts with no game play, Dravot teaches you to break the bank.
I only play 6 deck shoes so I learned his graphs ice cold, as well as betting ramps. For beginners he even has a unique way of teaching basic strategy which you can memorize in 10 minutes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Devon Toland on December 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just Netflixed the movie "21". It got me thinking about card counting again. Years ago I gave it a go and found the division part too much work. The chart idea intrigued me and I gambled on this book. Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner!

No wasted time on extraneous fluff or non essential stuff. This is all meat... a clear and concise path to beating casinos. It exposes the mystery of card counting. His easy method keeps the running count and follows it as it moves onto cold, warm or hot areas of the chart. No division. A light bulb moment! The charts rock. He also makes a slam dunk case for the extra power of TKO over KO and other systems.

This is a painless boot camp for aspiring card counters. Having tried other systems in the past, Dravot's methodology is easy and truly revolutionary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan F. MacRobert on April 14, 2010
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Although this book is rather expensive for a paperback, it is well worth the cost to blackjack players struggling to master basic strategy and card counting. The print is very readable, and
the illustrations are exceptionaly well done for a blackjack book. The design of the basic strategy chart is the best I have ever seen, and the explanation of true knockout count represents a real advance in card counting that can serve the nonprofessional counter very well indeed. Search [...]---and then Buy the Book!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Plecker on March 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Hi-lo, Hi-Opt 1, Hi-Opt 2, Omega 2, - Enough! I tried them all. I understood them but they were too hard to put into play in real life. They were like trying to run with 10 lbs weights on your ankles. Then on a blackjack forum I saw a new book called "The Color of Blackjack" being talked about. The ivory tower, math gurus simmed it to death and the numbers prove it is one of the most powerful systems out there. It's KO on steroids with no heavy math. I got it and it works!! The weights are off. I'm sprinting. Let me save you a lot of time. If you want to learn card counting and beat casinos get this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Stephens on December 12, 2008
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This book is a road map to card counting. The subtitle should be "cut to the chase". The first words are "How to extract money from a casino". I don't know about you but that's what I wanted to learn. It's lean and mean and it delivers. I've tried reading some of the soporific tomes written by math PH.Ds. The math of blackjack seems to be the favorite topic for their theses, but they never set foot in a casino. They don't know the difference between a pit boss and a pit bull. Actually, according to Dravot there is none. Learn a system from a guy on the front line.
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