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Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros' Way Paperback – June, 1997

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Blackjack Attack is a valuable resource for serious blackjack players. It represents the distilled wisdom of twenty-five years from a master teacher and player. --Edward O. Thorp, author of Beat the Dealer

The subtitle is not hyperbole. --Michael Kaplan, Cigar Aficionado December 2004; named one of "7 Books for the Serious Gambler"

Of all the blackjack books ever written, I think Blackjack Attack is the most useful. --Ian Andersen, author of Burning the Tables in Las Vegas --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Don Schlesinger has been involved with blackjack, in several capacities, for over 25 years. As a writer, lecturer, teacher, and player, Schlesinger has "done it all," in casinos worldwide. Schlesinger graduated from the City College of New York with a B.S degree in mathematics and holds M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in French from the City University of New York. A former teacher of mathematics and French in the New York City school system, Don changed professions in 1984 and, until 1998, enjoyed a successful career at one of Wall Street's most prestigious investment banks, where he was a principal (executive director) of the firm. Now in semi-retirement, he continues to lecture as a highy respected financial consultant. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Rge Pub; 1st edition (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910575045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910575041
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've bought several good books on blackjack (The World's Greatest Blackjack Book, Best Blackjack, Blackjack a Winner's Guide, Professional Blackjack, Beat the Dealer, Theory of Blackjack, Burning the Tables on Vegas, Blackjack Attack) and the two best are Burning the Tables in Vegas (BTV) and Blackjack Attack (BJA). In BTV it covers counting along with the entire lifestyle and behavior needed to prosper in the casino playing blackjack. In BJA Mr. Schlesinger covers every significant detail relating to the modern game. His famous "Illustrious 18" play variations gives the beginning player 90+ % of the advantage available though card counting in one very simple package. Throughout the book he uses several other blackjack authorities (some are authors of the above mentioned books) to verify his findings on many of the finer points of the game. This book assumes you already know how to card count using the most popular basic card counting system in use today, Hi-lo. This system is covered comprehensively in most of the other books forementioned.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1998
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There is much mathematical theory on blackjack. I have read pretty much all the major books on blackjack, and read most all its theory. The problem with some blackjack books is that it's based on bad mathematical theory. The problem with most of the other books is that it discusses the theory and math behind which a winning foundation can be built, but leaves the implementation of that theory at the casino table up to you.
Some writers do a passable job at addressing the application of blackjack mathematics at a blackjack table. Some leave you on your own to guess a lot of it. But to date, I have seen only one author, in one book, who crosses both realms perfectly with an uncanny gift to pick out what's relevant, dismiss what's not, and then apply that knowledge to answer virtually every important question that can be asked about blackjack.
This is the book.
This is not a basic blackjack book. It assumes you already have one of those, already know a count, and wish to put it to work in the most effective manner possible. If you fall into this category, this is the book you've been waiting for all these years.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a graduate course on winning at blackjack, not a basic primer. The author is extrememly creative in applying elementary probability theory to the tough practical questions that confront counters on a daily basis.
This should probably not be your first book on blackjack - but if you plan to give the casinos a run for their money, you MUST study this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terry Linhardt on October 23, 2008
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I was stunned when I read some of the negative reviews. It was apparent that some of those individuals were looking for a "winning system." This book doesn't provide you with some magical counting system. Rather, the author discusses the nuances of card counting. Don't expect to learn "which system is best." You won't. (Different methods play better with different rule variations.) But, you will learn how to think about the game. I used a counting method before I read this book. I still use the same one. But my approach to the game has changed. For example, at one time I dismissed the importance of deck penetration. No longer. Also, I didn't think that the dealer standing on soft 17 would make that much difference over hitting on soft 17. Wrong. So, although I use the same counting method, my game selection has changed considerably. I didn't learn to count because of this book. But I AM a better player because of this book. And that's because of how I now select my games, not because this book supplied some magical counting system.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
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This is not a book in the traditional sense; it's really largely an anthology of Schlesinger's "Gospel" articles from Blackjack Forum magazine, dating back to the 1980s. Because of this, it's somewhat lacking in integrated cohesiveness, but it's a very valuable resource, nonetheless. Schlesinger covers most of the statistical aspects of Blackjack in a clear, concise and accurate fashion. In addition, Chapter 10, which is primarily the work of Schlesinger's collaborator, John Auston, is all-new and presents some very comprehensive game-selection and risk-of-ruin charts. All in all, an excellent and very useful resource for serious players.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stanford Wong (stanfwong@bj21.com) on June 2, 1999
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Blackjack Attack is an excellent book, and has been very well received by a most critical audience -- visitors to BJ21.com, the busiest blackjack web site. The material in the book can be valuable to you if you learn to count cards to win at blackjack in casinos.
Stanford Wong
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Feldman (kenjf52@hotmail.com) on September 26, 1998
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Every serious blackjack player ought to own this book. Schlesinger explains the mathematical underpinnings of the game with great authority and applies them to practical considerations of casino play, particularly "card counting." In so doing, he makes many original contributions to the game. Chief among them is his analysis of the varying rules and conditions that can affect the player's advantage from casino to casino (and even from table to table within one casino). Schlesinger's anecdotes about his own experiences in the game keep the book lively. There have been hundreds of books written about blackjack over the years. I've read a great many of them. I believe that "Blackjack Attack" joins Thorp's "Beat the Dealer" and Wong's "Professional Blackjack" as the three classics in the field
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