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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475945647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475945645
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Glen Wiggy was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma, in 1966. His father is a retired golf professional. His mother, before her death in 2007, was a housewife and mother of six children. Glen graduated from the United States Air Force Academy-Class of '88, first class with refrigerators-and spent a twenty-year career as an Air Force officer. While on active-duty, he served as a Security Police Shift Commander, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Scientific Analyst. In June 2008, Glen retired from the Air Force and worked as a Department of Defense contractor at Task Force 134, Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq, performing research and analyses in support of detainee operations. In June 2009, he settled in the Colorado Springs area and currently works as a government civilian at United States Northern Command. He is also an online statistics instructor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Glen is married with two children and three grandchildren. Besides card-counting at blackjack, his hobbies include golf and snowskiing. He has a BS in mathematics from the Air Force Academy, an MBA from Boston University, and an MS in mathematics from the University of Arizona. Glen Wiggy blogs on www.blackjackstories.com

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I'd recommend the book for anyone who has any interest in the subject of blackjack.
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Made me smile all the way through!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Condren on February 3, 2013
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I had the good fortune to meet Glen Wiggy as both of us were bound for Las Vegas. I learned about his in-progress book as we talked. Soon after my return from Vegas Glen notified me that his book was done and published. I am an avid reader of blackjack subject books and having met Mr. Wiggy I wanted a copy of his book. I enjoyed it a lot.

Mr. Wiggy is witty, straight-forward and a very accomplished writer. Though his book is geared more toward entertainment with stories of his blackjack playing experience, it does contain a good deal of information that might be put to good use by any player, new or accomplished. I'd recommend the book for anyone who has any interest in the subject of blackjack. You will not regret the purchase.
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First this is NOT a card counting "teaching" book, though the author does have info on his counting system, deck estimation, and strategy chart. But there are enough of those books. I found his refreshing because it was written as a humorous, anecdotal book of stories and events through the author's life while playing blackjack. It's written tongue in cheek, sprinkled with a little sarcasm, and mostly "southern or Oklahoma" humor. This author never means this to be a blackjack treatise, rather it's to be taken as a humorous view of blackjack in his life and all the situations that arise.

Wiggy was a golf pro in Midwest City, OK and was a Scientific Analyst for the US Airforce AFTER graduating from the Academy. Now retired. He is no dummy. But he came from a family who gambled a little (sports, golf, bingo, etc.) and he "got the bj bug".

He also has his blogsite: http://blackjackstories.com/ but he quit posting in 2013. He also has a youtube video out if you search under his name that was a quick stand up gig at a comedy club, which will give you a little insight into his humor. (Personally I think he writes MUCH better....LOL)

But everyone here or who has played blackjack will enjoy many of his stories and will laugh at loud at some, from the feeble arguments at justification to playing with his wife; to losing all of a session bankroll trying to win that last $100 to buy a big screen tv for $1600, when he was up $1500 and just needed $100 more by using the Martingale system.......UNSUCCESSFULLY (lol)....to saving puppies from Arizona heat by some degenerate who left them in a car.........to getting greedy as to trying to win enough bottled water for his wife from the casino (in lieu of ever paying for them.......
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By Sushiguy on April 27, 2014
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Not only informative but so entertaining. Really had hard time putting it down!

You can not only get super info about playing Blackack but also a keen insight into human nature.
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By Ray morse on January 30, 2014
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Glen Wiggy tells the story of his black jack gaming life in a way that we can all relate.
We all have our human frailties and Glenn bares his. He also teaches you that your can win with dedication and persistence.
But don't ever lie to yourself or your loved ones.
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There are blackjack strategy books; how to make the best plays on each situation, and the mathematical formula of the best course of action in each hand. Those books are great, but sometimes I just wanna read about somebody's travels through life playing blackjack. Glen Wiggy's stories are funny, and reflect the ups and downs of somebody who knows the odds and gets the money in good, but still rides the rollercoaster of variance. Counting cards does not mean an automatic winning formula as you may have seen in the movies, and this book tells stories that reflect this in good or bad.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story, gambling related or not. I read this in one sitting, so that shows you how good this book was. Unless you have no sense of humor. Then you might not like this book. It had me laughing at times because Glen writes in a very sarcastic tone (read the chapter about Gambling Anonymous lol).
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A great book for seeing the life of a blackjack pro. Made me smile all the way through! You will enjoy it.
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Well written and funny at times...tells of one man's struggle to have fun in a casino and make a few bucks at the same time while keeping his home life going too...he has a few mishaps along the way and gets over his head in debt too but survives
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