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Beat Blackjack Now!: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge! Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Forget what you thought you knew about how to beat the house in blackjack. Counting cards, the hi-lo system, the +1/-1 system—throw them out the window. Scoblete, a prominent gaming writer, entertains as he teaches blackjack players how to get a real edge. Not meant for “ploppies”—those casual players who plop down at a table and hope for the best—this compendium is designed for the by-the-book players who know the rules and follow them to the letter. Tables, charts, and numbers abound, but they aren’t presented in a way to make the book unapproachable but rather to provide basic rules and to demonstrate numerically how the edge is achieved. Scoblete’s style is witty and inviting, which makes him the perfect town crier for promoting Speed Count, the method espoused here. Props are given to Dan Pronovost, who originally came up with the method. Scoblete’s role is to share the good word, and he does so in this fun, easy-to-use resource. --Mary Frances Wilkens
From start to finish, this book can take you from a new player to a player who has a real edge over the casinos. --by Jerry Stickman, Casino City Times
I've always enjoyed Scoblete's work. He's eminently readable, entertaining and full of practical advice for making your game better.
--by John Grochowski, Chicago Sun Times
Frank Scoblete is one of few people in the world who can be considered a genuine authority on casino games. We recommend this book as a good source of information whether you intend to play blackjack for fun or play for profit.
Gift ideas: Many of the best books are by Frank Scoblete. Is it a blackjack player you're looking for? Then try Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest way to Get the Edge!
--Aaron Todd, Casino City Times
Scoblete's latest blackjack book proves to be an insightful guide for players. --Blackjack Odds
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With humor and style, Scoblete lays out a simple, easy-to-apply system that'll give one a bare edge against the house. It won't make you rich unless you bet like you're already rich, but it will let you play for hours and make a few bucks instead of gilding the casino's ceiling.
That all assumes, however, that you're playing in a casino that doesn't treats its guests like rubes. Unfortunately, the strip in Vegas no longer has any such casinos. This book explains that there simply is no way to hold your own, much less win, if the house uses continuous shuffle machines, pays 6-to-5 on blackjack, or limits splits and double-downs. These days, it's hard to find a table on the strip with reasonable rules unless you're willing to play at a $25 table ($50 Fri and Sat nights).
I played craps on the strip and saved my BJ money for downtown, where you can still find some decent tables.
Scoblete writes in a style that makes it easy to absorb and entertaing both at the same time, I would highly recommend this book to any Casino visitor.
This book is easy to read and contains valuable information.
Abraham Cherem B.
My only gripe with the book is that the OBS and basic strategy charts are not perfect. Specifically giving strategy advice for what to do when you hold an 8 total on basic strategy is fine since anyone familiar with basic strategy knows this also covers hands of value less than 8. However this is not ever directly stated. What is more confusing is that OBS recommends a strategy of doubling against a 6 when you hold a value of 8. I assume this also means that you should do the same for hand values <8 but doubling against a dealer 6 when you hold say 5 doesn't seem to make sense to me. I am wondering if this strategy is correct or whether OBS is incomplete and the proper strategy is to hit against all dealer hands when holding 7 or below. Its confusing and atypical of the type of information Scoblete usually offers which is usually pretty well flushed out.
Another small quibble is that I would have liked to see some of the advanced strategies flushed out a bit further (Grifter's Gambit). This strategy increases variance and a bit more numerical analyis about the added advantage vs variance would have been nice. However, it was cool to see it included.
If not for these small basic issues I think the book would be 5 stars but I am going to deduct a star.
Can't wait to get this system out and into practice to see if it works.