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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Carol Publishing Group - A Lyle Stuart Book; Revised Edition edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818400641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818400643
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No charts in this book are in color.
Daniel Leahy
If you want to be motivated to drop whatever you are doing and become a professional blackjack player, read this book.
Mark Billings
I thought it was the best book on blackjack in the world.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a Las Vegas pit boss for over 25 years, I can tell you Lawrence Revere's book "Playing Blackjack As A Business" is simply the best ever written. I had the privilege of asking Mr. Revere to leave our casino on two occasions. Not only was he the best, but he was a master of disquise. His book was and still is the "Bible" of blackjack couting, basic straegy and money management. Today, there are many "wan-a-be" card counters but only a select few can test pit bosses like myself. They usually give themselves away by being too greedy and tripling their wagers on a plus 10 deck or spreading their wagers to two or three spots. Or, they might take insurance with a stiff hand, surrender always correctly or double that A-7. We simply tell the dealer to shuffle up or cut the shoe in half and even the most moronic card counters get the hint and leave. But, Lawrence Revere was a 21 legend and wrote a book that was simple enough for anyone to understand. I highly recommend it to anyone who takes the game of blackjack seriously. Just using his basic strategy and money management tips will improve your game immediately.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Havens on March 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was introduced to this book in 1972 whilst applying for a casino job in Tehran, of all places, and a few years later when I began playing serious BJ myself, I would have given it 4 stars but with some reluctance because, aside from the good parts, it also contains a lot of gamblers superstition and questionable advice.
Revere's book was a breakthrough in that it was written for the player who wanted a clear and concise book on "how to win" rather than Thorpe ("Beat the Dealer")desire to demonstate how terribly clever he was. Unlike say Allan Wilsons "Casino Gamblers Guide" (see my review) the text is poorly written but, most importantly and memorably it did have excellent colour-coded strategy charts - it was this feature more than anything else which I believe made the book such a success.
On the debit side I would agree with the 2-star reviewer below that LR's agenda was to sell his much-touted "superior strategies", the mastery of which according to him, would double or triple your win-rate. I fell for this sales pitch and sent him another $200 (a lot of money at the time) - plus an extra $50 for the "no-hole card strategy", which consisted of a scrap of typed paper containing half a dozen numbers and no explanatory notes. His so-called "advanced point-count" was highly over-rated and his promised "after-sales service" non-existent. Besides, I soon discovered that going from a simple one-level count to an "advanced" multi-level count produces marginal gain at best, esp in multi-deck games. After expressing my dissatisfaction by letter, LR wrote a curt one-line reply on a businesscard..! Such was his brusque manner.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Other than the Hi-Opt Ken Uston method, this is one of the best blackjack systems available. Definitely for the serious player. The book starts with simple counting and progresses through several systems each more powerful, which is the great thing about the book, because a player learns in stages, which makes it easier. The greatest thing about the book, it not only teaches you counting and betting strategies, but also how to apply them to different hands. In case you are not aware, after reading the book and perfecting the point-count system, there are 2 additional systems you must learn to truly master the Revere method. These are available at the website. I recommend this for the serious player only, as much time will be needed to master the complete system. Also, this is geared toward single deck play. For the more common multiple deck games, you should read the book, then learn the 2 multiple deck systems from the website (Oh, these systems are very expensive!). The book also stresses that you must play perfectly to win, and that when you do play perfectly, you will not always win. This is a must for any gambling book. Any book that promises quick winnings or riches is not worth reading.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "rongarner21" on May 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I first read this book in 1975 in my quest to become an accomplished card counter. At that time and even today it is the best book I read on learning the fundamentals of card counting. The part of the book on learning Basic Strategy and its importance are the best of any book available on the marketplace even today in 2001. At that time the author Lawrence Revere was selling his Advanced Point Count System and other BJ systems. He overrated his Advanced Point Count System. He had used Juliet Braun a computer programmer with IBM to compile all the data in devising this system. What he says about the Advanced Point Count System is way overrated and the majority of top expert BJ authorities believe the simple point count system as being the best because of its simplicity. Other than that the book is a classic and very well written. It is a must for anyone who wants to learn to be an expert card counter and I would rate it as a five star recommendation.
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