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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

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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.
--BlackjackChoice.com

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; Original edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600783333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600783333
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased "Golden Touch Blackjack" by this author a couple years ago. That was the book that first rolled out the Speed Count method. This new book, published in summer 2010, is basically a rehash of the original book. In fact entire chapters are the same. BUT THAT'S OK! The point is to teach the Speed Count system. Either book is fine for this purpose.

The Speed Count, used as suggested, captures about 75% of the accuracy of more complicated counting systems. It is very simple. It is the first system I've been able to execute in a casino and actually use, after having read many books on counting methods over the past 5 years. The system lets you know when to increase your bet and when a shoe has gone so bad south that you should actually stop playing. I would encourage you to buy this book and learn the method, if like me, you are interested in playing more profitably but don't have the time or inclination to spend 100+ hours learning hi-lo or another counting method. I'm not a pro--I visit local casinos every couple months. This system works for players like me.
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This book will teach you the basics of Blackjack and the incredible counting system called Speed Count. In just a few hours of practice, you will have an edge against the casinos. Learning to count cards has never been easier.
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If your one of those players who want to go deeper than basic strategy and doesent have countless hours to practice this is your book. This book teaches how to gain a real and useful edge in black jack without braking your head, and the best thing is that it is so easy and simple you still enjoy the game, not like the other system where you really need to concentrate and cant have fun.It is way more difficult to spot this counting system too so you will be worried free from casino bosses and its even simpler than using your phone counter so you can now imagine the simple this system is,this book is worth every penny.
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I love craps and wanted to learn to count cards. I have read many of Mr Scoblete's books and they are easy and fun to read as well as a teaching the right way to beat casino games.

I learned Speed Count, the counting method in this book, in about 5 hours and in the 6 months I have used Speed Count I have won some huge amounts of money!

I have tried other counting methods but I couldn't walk into a casino and use them becasue I didn't feel confident in them becasue they were so hard to learn. As the author states, "a 12 year old can learn Speed Count" and it is true. It is so simple to learn!

A must for anyone that wants to beat blackjack by learning card counting which is the only way to beat blackjack, and wants to learn card counting in an easy and simple way!
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This is an easy read and easy to put to use book. I have read it a couple times and have used the info profitably in the casino. I will not be retiring any time soon from my day job but it does give you an edge on good games with good penetration. If you can do basic math you can use speed count. After reading this book you should be comfortable walking into a casino and playing BlackJack and knowing if it is a game worth playing or not. It also teaches you proper table edicate. You also get a strategy for spanish 21 which is also a low house hold game. I thought it could have been a little more detailed on certain subjects.
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I've become some what obsessed with playing blackjack and wanted to learn how to get a better advantage over the casinos. I got this book and found it informative, easy to understand, and thorough. I learned to use the system in a surprisingly short period of time. The author backs up most all of his claims with facts obtained through computer simulations in addition to personal experience. There is some argument about whether his system is up to par with other more difficult card counting systems. I haven't tried it out at the casinos yet but it seems legit. I took off one star because some chapters are all anecdotes and tails of the author's experiences as a gambler.
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This book saved me tons of money - its clear stats and explanation kept me from rationalizing playing at a crappy table, even after a scotch or 6.
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.
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Nice and clear. I like the style he is writing books. Its working. Your edge is a little bit lower as with Ko. Y used to count Ko, but my eyes are now not the best one. So this easy card or better hand counting system works well for me. You have plenty time to fool the pit and his gang. The only thing iam not clear is with the insurance play. There is sometihing wrong with the count numbres. Y used OPP and the diference between key and insurance numbre is not so big. But the book has a lot of good infos. Its a must to read it.
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