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Blackjack Book Reviews

Here are my personal reviews of a whole host of gambling books. I hope they motivate you to learn more about how to prepare yourself to face the casinos. If you do wish to buy any of these books just click the link and you’ll go straight to the Amazon order page.

Books I recommend are indicated with a star. I am including links even to the books I don’t like, just to be consistent and fair, not to encourage you to buy them.

Book Categories: Gambling in General | Blackjack | Other Games | Fiction

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The book is an autobiographical account of the author's adventures in card counting. I skimmed it and found it to be humorous and enjoyable. The author also presents the basics of card counting early in the book. So if the topic of what it really is like to count cards interests you then this book is worth checking out.

The book is a study of the basic strategy and the its adjustments under a host of different rules. Much of the book is devoted to analysis of short term gimmicks that happened in a limited area years ago. I would recommend this book to the player who plays a lot and may encounter unusual rules from time to time, including those who may play in Europe or Asia, or anyone with a mathematical interest with the game.

This is one of the best blackjack books I have read in a long time. Normally I just skim new blackjack books, but this one I read cover to cover. Almost everything in it is fresh material. Topics include an in-depth history of blackjack, biographies of the influencial people to the game, how to beat lots of blackjack variants and side bets, cheating, team play, an FAQ, and blackjack poetry. This book should be in every serious blackjack player’s collection.

Here is a great A to Z book on blackjack counting. I recommend it highly for beginning to intermediate counters. Snyder quickly cuts to point on everything important to a card counter without being too technical or number heavy. Included is coverage of the Red Seven and Zen Counts.

This book is largely comprised of the Blackjack Forum articles by Don Schlesinger. The reader should have a strong background in basic strategy and card counting to appreciate this book. Experienced players can gain a lot from one of the masters of blackjack theory but it may be too advanced for beginning or intermediate players.

The story of one man's quest to count card at every casino in Nevada with at least one blackjack table. The writing is full of humorous similes and observations. There are plenty of interesting stories to tell, from a car breakdown on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere to the death of the writer's father. Compared toLas Vegas Blackjack Diary the reading is lighter and more entertaining. This seems to be because the endeavor in Blackjack Autumn was mainly for the purpose of the book, while that of Las Vegas Blackjack Diary was a serious attempt at making money and the book an afterthought. If you want an enjoyable read get this book, if you want a more realistic depiction of card counting get Las Vegas Blackjack Diary.

This book looks at almost every angle you can use in blackjack including basic strategy, card counting, tournaments, shuffle tracking, team play, and cheating. The writing is non-technical and well spoken. There is something in here for everybody, but the intermediate player will probably benefit the most.

There is nobody who I respect more on the subject of blackjack and gambling in general than Stanford Wong. In Blackjack Secrets he packs plenty of information into 256 pages. The basics are there for the beginner as well as fresh material for experienced players. This should not be the first book on blackjack or card counting but I’m sure anyone at any level of expertise can learn a lot from it.

This book is a collection of magazine articles by Synder. Fun and interesting reading for the reader with a solid blackjack background. No charts or math heavy analysis, just stories and talk about blackjack. A good bedside book.

Based on the story of the MIT blackteam, that successfully won millions card counting. Many of the details are embellished, but still an enjoyable read.

This is a follow up to ’Turning the Tables in Las Vegas’ (see review below). In the 20 years since that book blackjack has changed and Andersen has a lot more advice to offer on player camouflage. One chapter was co-written with Stanford Wong on the costs and benefits of Andersen’s basic strategy deviations and wider bet range. At 305 pages this book packs lots of information from topics varying from how to change your name to Chinese herbs that can sharpen your play. If you find yourself betting backed off or barred playing blackjack this book may be just what you need.

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. While is it is much easier to learn and use than a traditional count, the power is only about 1/3 to 1/2 of the Hi-Lo count, depending on how the effectiveness is measured, and whose simulations you believe. Dan Pronovost, who did the simulations for the book says the advantage is about 1/2 of the hi-lo. Fred Renzy says the advantage is between 0.4% and 0.5%. Norm Wattenberger, the creator ofCasino Vérité, and biggest skeptic of the Speed Count, says measuring risk and reward, it is about 1/3 as effective as the hi-lo, and believes the Knock-Out count is just as easy, but more powerful. One of these days I hope to simulate it myself.

This is certainly a very unique kind of blackjack book. I’m sure it uses the F word more times than in all other blackjack books, even all gambling books of any kind, combined. This book takes an irreverant look at various different facets of blackjack by arguably the cockiest known blackjack player. Most of the pages are filled with stories and advice based on the author’s own experience. The book also has the most important strategy charts, including the basic stratey, “Illustrious 18” and “Fab 4” index numbers, and bankroll to bet size suggestions. The advice given is mathematically sound, targeted to the beginning level counter. Dave also writes about his appearance on the show “Friend or Foe, ” which I’m a fan of, in which he voted Foe. 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.

More real life stories from one of blackjack’s best and most interesting players. Not much technical information but an enjoyable read.

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What are some good books on blackjack card counting?

The Big Book Of Blackjack has a lot of great info and tips when it comes to playing your best hand of blackjack.

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What is a good book for learning how to count cards and beat the dealer at blackjack? | Yahoo Answers

If you are just getting started, then I would recommend KO Blackjack by Fuchs/Vancura. It has a very simple counting system for 6 deck games (the most common type besides continuous shuffling machines) and includes the basic strategy charts.
btw - counting cards does not constitute cheating.

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