You've Got Heat by Barfakel This book could be loosely described as a diary of a part-time blackjack player. The reality in today's casinos is a little tougher in terms of getting an edge without getting caught. The casinos were overwhelmed. The Theory of Blackjack by Peter A. So if the topic of what it really is like to count cards interests you then this book is worth checking out. He suggested table-hopping and back-counting tables.
1. Blackjack Bluebook II by Fred Renzey
The book features a lot of tables from my site in the chapter on basic strategy, used with permission. The analysis of the Pro Count is by Norm Wattenberger, and there is nobody I would trust more for that. At pages and a small font, this book is not light summer reading. In all fairness, much of the content is in the form of tables, for a host of different blackjack rules, that are safely glossed over. I'd recommend this book for the serious student of the game, especially those interested in progressing to something stronger than a level-1 count.
Golden Touch Blackjack introduces the Speed Count, an easy to use strategy, designed to bridge the gap between basic strategy and card counting. There are no negative-value cards, true-count conversions, or tables of index numbers. It is unlikely that you will ever encounter a negative count. Fred Renzy says the advantage is between 0.
One of these days I hope to simulate it myself. This is certainly a very unique kind of blackjack book. This book takes an irreverant look at various different facets of blackjack by arguably the cockiest known blackjack player. The advice given is mathematically sound, targeted to the beginning level counter. That, in my opinion, is an unforgivable act against his fellow man. Dave, the bad karma will come back to you some day. I can't recommend this book because the basic strategy is incorrect.
Where Patrick differs with the conventional basic strategy is to avoid doubling and splitting against strong dealer cards.
Following his strategy will result is losing more over the long run, but also less short term bankroll volatility. Not much technical information but an enjoyable read.
This book presents the Knock-Out count. It is a unbalanced counting system in which no running count to true count conversion is required. I respect the system and know many legitimate counters use it. This book follows the ups and downs of an eight week campaign of a card counter against the city. Session by session the author takes you through both the financial and emotional ups and downs.
This book is full of practical advice for survival as a card counter as well as being an enjoyable read. Although a bit dated, this book is a classic by one of the greatest minds and most interesting characters in the world of blackjack. Move over John Patrick, you have some competition. Moore's book tells us we can beat blackjack by using an incorrect basic strategy combined with a betting system.
If you want my opinion, stick to what the experts like Wong, Schlesinger, Braun, Griffin, and Snyder have been saying for years: It isn't easy but if there were an easier way then everyone would be doing it.
Meanwhile, my heart goes out to the tree that was cut down to make this book. At one time this was probably the best book on blackjack but it has since become dated. Revere has the best treatment of the basic strategy I have ever seen and explains clearly and mathematically his argument that you can make a lot of money at blackjack.
Many of the tables are in color, which makes memorization easier. His book contains three count strategies but his more powerful Plus-Minus or Point Count you have to order separately. Every book by Wong is truly outstanding but Professional Blackjack is his best, in my opinion. In the back are several appendices of interesting statistics. This book is not for the beginner but the gold standard on card counting.
This is everything you could ever need to know about Spanish 21, and Pontoon, as it is called in Australia. Included is a detailed card-counting strategy, the first ever in print for Spanish Despite the removal of tens, Spanish 21 is indeed countable. Read the book, and play it now, before the other side reads it too.
Just as the title says this book in on the theory of blackjack. The book is very mathematically advanced and presumes a strong background in card counting. For the casual player or anybody who hates math I would recommend lighter reading. This book seems to be the most respected source of information on how not to get barred as counter. He also gives a good treatment of the mechanics of card counting, including his own strategy.
This piece of garbage disgusts me. The entire book is an explanation of a worthless betting system. Norman Wattenberger has specifically shown that the system put forth is no better than basic strategy. Frank Scoblete should be embarrassed for writing the forward. No nonsense and to the point. This is a well written book on the basics of good blackjack strategy. Silberstang takes you from the rules of the game to a simple count strategy.
For the person who needs the basics but not a lot of technical information or a powerful count strategy this book would be a good choice. This book takes the beginner slowly and easily through the basic strategy and rule variations. Although the title is rather pretentious there can be no serious debate that it is one of the best blackjack books on the market. It packs a great deal of information in its pages and word for word is a good buy.
The book explains from the basic strategy, to the Hi-Opt I count strategy. This book could be loosely described as a diary of a part-time blackjack player. Unlike most blackjack books, which are written by either great players or quacks, this one is by an ordinary counter. In my opinion there was too much detail. Winning Blackjack for the Average Joe gives the most thorough treatment of basic strategy I have ever seen. It doesn't just throw a chart in the reader's face like I do but carefully explains why every play is what it is and the cost of not playing "by the book.
More Info Got It! His gamble paid off and Edward Thorp is considered the father of card counting and a pioneering legend in blackjack. Million Dollar Blackjack Author: He is considered one of its greatest contributors both in his contribution to theory and publishing. In Million Dollar Blackjack, Uston is at the very top of his form describing advanced counting methods, front play, spooking and his outrageous ideas on camouflage.
Stanford Wong One of the most useful books on blackjack, this is a complete introduction to basic strategy and a powerful reference for its comprehensive list of game variations. Some of the techniques inside have lead Las Vegas casinos to update their rules, but many other destinations still play the blackjack variations that this book provides profitable legal means for getting ahead on. Playing 21 as a Martial Art Author: In 21 powerful chapters readers are lead through a training process to learn everything from the basic rules and strategy to how to master the most powerful techniques for winning at the casinos.
Arnold Snyder What is shuffle tracking and why is it so difficult to understand and use in real life? In this brief and highly readable black jack strategy book, Snyder breaks it all down in easy to read language. Shuffle tracking, also called ace tracking, is the alternative to card counting and just starting to blossom as an advanced playing technique.
Once the basics are laid out using the appropriate cookbook and recipe analogies more complicated and never before revealed techniques are explored.
Theory of Blackjack Author: The Theory of Blackjack is mostly concerned with the mathematical basis of the game: Ken Fuchs and Olaf Vancura, Ph. Anyone familiar with blackjack knows the basic theory behind card counting. The problem for most players is the complexity and distractions that take something that is theoretically easy and make it difficult or impossible to practically employ at busy casino tables.
With the average player in mind a new unbalanced counting method, the KO count was created and clearly described so that blackjack players can easily get an advantage over the casino. The book contains a wealth of useful information.
How to Play Winning Blackjack Author: Julian Braun This book is a straightforward and conceptual explanation of basic blackjack strategy compiled by one of the greatest mathematical geniuses in the history of blackjack. The book is presented without a lot of ego or frills, making it a world class instruction manual. It is designed to teach players all of the ins and outs of the game, helping them to master and beating the game of The book comes highly recommended by other members of the Blackjack Hall of Fame, such as Al Francesco.
James Grosjean For serious players interested in never-before-seen play techniques this hard to find book may very well be a good investment. The straightforward language is well written, however it is not for beginners as the mathematical analysis and insights are the big draw. But unlike Griffin he also provides psychological insights that are often over looked and may play an equal role in winning. Advantage Play for the Casino Executive Author: Bill Zender One of the greatest books ever written on the all important basic strategy of blackjack, Bill Zender is famous for being a casino manager, gaming control agent and author.
A broad subject range is covered on such advanced topics as: Also included is information on rolling rhythm for craps and roulette wheel bias.
If you want to know what the casinos already do this is must read. Don Schlesinger Considered one of the greatest card counting books ever written several advanced techniques are explained in detail: Schlesinger also teaches you how to evaluate new rules and strategies. Burning the Tables in Las Vegas: Keys to Success in Blackjack and in Life Author: Both are excellent but the sequel makes our list for priceless strategy advice for the unique issue of high stakes bankrolls.
With a forward by Stanford Wong, this is an instant classic for advanced and professional players who want to avoid problems with casinos if you want to be a high roller playing at the professional level. Bringing Down the House Author: Ben Mezrich The story that made casino blackjack an adventure premise and MIT mathematics students swashbuckling heroes, this is the true story of the MIT team.
Starting with a group of intelligent mathematically inclined college students trained in the essentials of card counting and team play they managed to extract millions of dollars from casinos world wide.