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Blackjack for Blood: The Card-Counters' Bible, and Complete Winning Guide Paperback – May 1, 2010
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While there are other BJ books that are perhaps more comprehensive about the theory and history behind the game (Julian Braun, Edward Thorpe), or more detailed about the actual life one can lead as a card counter in a casino (God, I wish I had had the chance to meet and talk with Kenny Uston before he died!) or even more fun to read (Scoblete's books are great, as well) Carlson's book is as complete as you'll need; comprehensive in its detail of the game, and all the intricacies of playing in a casino from camoflage (critical if you're going to play as a counter) to betting stategies.
When I first started playing, I just used the Basic Strategy section. When I had mastered that, I moved on to learning his Level Two count (and contrary to other reviewers, I found it easy enough to learn and master). As my game improved in actual casino play, I moved on to varying my playing (and betting) strategies based on the count of the cards. As I said, I've referred to the book often.
I now play at casinos many times a year, am almost totally comped on all my trips, and win far more than I lose. I have no desire to play professionally--why bother? But it's a terrific and lucrative hobby. And the writers, players, and counters are right: It's not the money that's the thrill for me...it's knowing you can beat the game.
Like anything else, you get out of this book what you put into it. Learning to count cards is not difficult, but it's a skill that takes work. If you really want to guarantee you'll be a winner in virtually any casino in the world, you want BLACKJACK FOR BLOOD.
This book and many others assume you'll be playing in ideal conditions. Preferably a single deck or six deck game (you gotta be real good and have a lot of money before you hit a six deck). You need blackjack to pay at least 3 to 2. Also, you would wan't the dealer to stand on soft 17. Under these conditions you've got a lot of money ahead of you. But these rules are a thing of the past! Let me tell you first that if you want to card count Blackjack in Reno, DON'T. They reshuffle their decks, pay only 6 to 5 (sometimes even money), and they hit their soft 17s. Go to downtown Las Vegas and you're facing similar conditions. There's little deck penetration (bad for counters), you can only double down on 10s and 11s, their blackjacks usually only pay even money, and of course they hit their soft 17s.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is required reading for any BJ player who wants to learn the game and insights into play.
The systems presented in the book are very powerful, but most likely... Read more
...the only bad part about that is now every time I go to my local casinos they watch me like a hawk and instruct the dealers to cut the decks shorter when I play so that I can't... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brady
At first I got really into it learning basic strategy. Got pretty good at it to. Then I tried moving on to the more advanced stuff and that's where the wheels came off. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Simon Bicheler
Great overall book, recommended by pretty much everyone out there. Good stories, not just about his advanced omega count, but other counting things as well.Published 20 months ago by J. L.