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Blackjack: Play Like The Pros [Kindle Edition]

John Bukofsky
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Book Description

Phil Hellmuth, Jr., winner of nine WSOP titles and author of Play Poker Like the Pros
"Blackjack is definitely a game that you can make money playing, and this book shows you how to do it!"

Blackjack is by far the most popular casino table game. The reason is because it has the lowest house edge. While other table games give the house a minimum 3% edge, blackjack provides close to even odds for players willing to learn what is called "basic strategy." And for players who are able to learn card counting, blackjack is actually a beatable game.

But the reality is that out of the millions of people who play blackjack, only a small percentage will take the time or make the effort to play perfect basic strategy. And very few players will take the time to learn card counting. Most of those who do will ultimately fail in a live casino environment.

So what’s a reasonably intelligent person to do? Among the blackjack books available today, few take readers beyond basic strategy, and of those that do, virtually none balance the necessary level of detail with a simple approach that is easily understood by everyone (not just math whizzes and autistic savants).

BLACKJACK: PLAY LIKE THE PROS is a comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to playing and winning at blackjack. John Bukofsky—an expert player and card counter with over twenty years experience—provides readers with clear and engaging instruction in everything from the basics of game-play and strategy, up to and including card counting at the professional level.

In it, readers will find:

• A step-by-step approach that is easily understood by both beginners and serious players looking to take their game to a higher level. Though the book involves a technical subject, the writing style is casual yet clearly defines and explains each facet of the process.
• Attention to details and finer points that are only touched on in many other books.
• Chapters on betting and bankroll, casino countermeasures, camouflage techniques, and many of the other topics necessary to become a successful advantage player.
• A chapter dedicated solely to "negative swings," which are the number one reason many aspiring serious players end up leaving the game.
• Presentation of two separate point counts, which allows the reader to choose the system most suitable to him or her, depending on individual goals, time allowances, motivation, interface, etc.

The greatest feature of this book is its instruction in the holy grail of blackjack: card counting. Bukofsky shows readers how to learn and master the technique that many think is simply too difficult to learn, much less use in an actual casino. He also covers the intangibles playing under real world conditions, including many aspects not in any way associated with the actual mechanics of card counting.

How do we know that John Bukofsky is an expert card counter? Simple: he’s been barred from playing blackjack in Las Vegas and harassed in Atlantic City and Connecticut. He’s also played alongside some of the most prominent and prolific gamblers in the world at the Casino de Monte Carlo.

John’s expertise in the mathematics of card counting became apparent by age thirteen, which led to a life-long interest in the game. An engineer by profession, John understands the need for precision and clarity, which he brings to this book. As a result, he has written the most intelligent and up-to-date book on blackjack ever written, one that goes into every level of the game. BLACKJACK: PLAY LIKE THE PROS is destined to become the bible for the next generation of blackjack players.

"A savvy, comprehensive text that covers the essentials of winning blackjack from soup to nuts. Bukofsky is an excellent writer, whose ‘hold-your-hand’ style makes it easy for the reader to master, sequentially, the skills needed to become a successful player. Many blackjack books skimp on details, especially when it comes to the mathematics of the game or complete card-counting systems. Not so here. I highly recommend it."--Don Schlesinger, author of Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way

Editorial Reviews


"Blackjack is definitely a game that you can make money playing, and this book shows you how to do it!" -- Phil Hellmuth, Jr., winner of nine WSOP titles and author of Play Poker Like the Pros

About the Author

John Bukofsky is an electrical engineer and expert blackjack player who has played throughout the United States and Europe. Because of his card counting skill, he has been barred from playing in Las Vegas, harassed in Atlantic City and Connecticut, and has played alongside some of the highest rollers in the world at the casinos in Monte Carlo. John is married with two children and lives in southern New Jersey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2486 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0818406569
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart (July 1, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001E4V2EE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Any Serious Player August 27, 2006
By Heidi B
A must read for any serious player who wants to get to the next level. Two card counting methods are presented with lots of helpful hints on how to make learning the whole process easier. The Casino Countermeaure Chapter is an excellent description of what happens to good players when the casions discover someone can beat them, and many helpful tactics are covered in the next chapter on how to remain undetected once you are playing at that level. The chapter Blackjack Team Play also describes and teaches the nuances of this fascinating approach to the game. Overall, a sound and technically well written book with the player in mind that focusses on exactly what you need to know.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good May 11, 2008
By Blueman
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the best overall of three books on blackjack I've read so far. You get the feeling this man has a very well-organized mind. He's the first author I've read who adequately explains deviations from basic strategy and the matix tables. He nicely discusses the issue of whether to go with a simpler or more complex counting system. Ironically, he is weakest where other writers are stronger: on betting strategy. Here I think he gets a bit too mathematically precise in his betting tables. Would someone with a $20,000 bankroll really bet in amounts of 83, 133, 182, 267, 338...? (p. 122). Of course not. But I completely agree with Bukovsky when he says, "Don't just read this book. Read everything you can get your hands on....Read and reread..." (219). Sound advice, in my view.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This book is great. It tells you what you need to play at the pro level--nothing more, nothing less. And there isn't a lot of filler or self-promotion. It's also written by someone who knows how to write, and not just another card player. The author has obviously been around for awhile and knows exactly the ins and outs of playing with an advantage at casinos worldwide.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, even if you don't play Blackjack! October 30, 2006
A Kid's Review
The author starts at the lowest level, and leads the reader by the hand through the complexities of "pro" level Blackjack. Even if you don't plan to play the game at the casinos, the book is a must read for entainment value alone. He covers every aspect of the game, up to and including, behavior at the table and proper dress code to avoid suspicion.

In additon to the technical aspects of the game, he spices the book with personal experiences, successes and failures. A great book for knowledge and entertainment. Should be a must reference for all who plan to try their hand (not luck) at the casino tables.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic! November 28, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are a few misconceptions about counting cards. First, it's very difficult to do. While its not easy it does not require you to be mathematically gifted in any way. You do however need to be dedicated to practicing and patient at the blackjack table. The second misconception is that you will get rich fast. Card counters or advantage players can expect to gain about 1.5% percent per hand. For example, playing at a $5 dollar betting between $5 and $20 dollars (based on the true count) the expected return is $15 for every 100 hands played (about an hour at the average table).

I think this book should be the second blackjack book an aspering blackjack player should read. The first is Blackjack Bluebook II - the simplest winning strategies ever published (2006 edition) because it has more statistical analysis to prove why basic strategy works and has teaches ways of achieving a positive expectations without counting cards. In addition it offers a basic counting method called KISS (Keep it simple stupid.)

Finally, the review of this book. It offers explanations on all areas of advantage play:
Card counting
Betting strategies according to bankroll ($2,000 - 10,000)
Team play
Basic strategy and deviations according to the count
Single deck games
Random tips throughout the book

I guess maybe there is no mathematical way to really have a positive expectation when you go to the casino with $100 dollars. Blackjack: Play Like the Pros says that you have to have a bankroll of $2000 to go at the tables with positive expectation.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When It Comes to Blackjack, He's a Genius November 14, 2006
I loved this book. I've been interested in blackjack and the science of card-counting for a long time. Thing is, nobody has really written much about the game. And, upon reading this book, I am secure enough to admit this is the definitive book on the game of blackjack and the tools you need to beat the casino. Not only do you learn about the game but you also come to understand the intricacies of the casino. Mr. Bukofsky explains what to look for in the casino regarding how casino management tend to get the odds in their favor. However, this book puts the odds in the reader's favor. Thanks for the tips.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent EXCELLENT book on Blackjack!! April 23, 2007
If you are a blackjack player this book will help you win. It is worth more than the price. It is endorsed by well-known experts. Many of the books published about blackjack are manuals. This book is more than just a manual. I highly recommend this book if you would like to win at blackjack consistently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best one out there.
Very thorough.
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I bought this book before going on a cruise tha had casino gambling availble--I thought I'd try my hand at blackjack again, after a hiatus of s5 years. Read more
Published 4 months ago by intellagent
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and entertaining guide. Also covers all details !
Goes step by step on the instructions on how to master this art. Its also nice to read. No boring chapters at all.
Published 5 months ago by Luis A Betancur
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegas here we come
I looked at book before vacationing to Vegas. I learned a lot but didn't win anything. I still love Vegas!
Published 9 months ago by Terry Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite
His approach using index numbers to deviate from basic strategy was absolutely excellent . Would be interested in any books from this author.
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I am very glad that I purchased this book. The author is very detailed in his approach to the game. I found the book to be full of helpful tips.
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