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Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One Mass Market Paperback – April 12, 1966
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Can you run out and use these systems today against the casinos? Sure, but over 30 years have gone by and there are now simpler more effective systems. But if you are naturally gifted at doing complex calculations in your head quickly, I think the 10 count system would still be wickedly effective.
Buy it for the theory and the stories. Then go out and buy a newer book with simpler more modern counting systems.
Everyone playing Blackjack (one deck or out of a shoe) should be playing "Basic Strategy" at a minimum. If you want to implement some other strategy on top of that (changing bet size, card counting, etc. etc.) have at it. But the starting point should be Basic Strategy.
Furthermore, the average recreational Blackjack player should be playing Basic Strategy, but many (most? -- at the cheaper tables anyway) don't as you can observe by sitting down at any Blackjack table.
This book should be read by anyone who wants to play Blackjack.
Thorp's breakthrough insight to casino completely changed the game, and I enjoy reading about him. Just recently someone published an early book of his that looks like a doctoral thesis, which I recommend to fellow number junkies out there. The math that you may miss from Beat the Dealer is all there! Check it out: A Winning Bet in Nevada Baccarat
Because there are easier systems and more efficient systems available now days, Thorpe's book is mostly only useful as historical background and theory, etc. HOWEVER,the following chapter is probably worth its weight in gold for some potential gamblers:
10. How to Spot Cheating
Over the years, from the time I started in the early 60s through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, I found the ability to spot cheating was the most important skill of all. In fact, shortly after first arriving in Las Vegas in the early 60s, I was able to spot a second from 20 or 30 feet away. Then, in later years, just out of curiosity, I created a small chart and card counting system based on a formula I found in Thorpe's "Mathematics of Gambling" that would calculate the probabilities of clumping with multiple decks. Then on one vacation trip, while the wife was playing the slots, I would watch and count and then go to an inconspicuous location and record the results for various tables and casinos. The results were very interesting.
Card counting systems are highly effective, in theory, at winning a lot of money at Blackjack. Note, however, that I said "in theory".Read more ›
Thorp's book is a must have for your gambling library as he started it all.
Frank Scoblete: author of Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution!
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This book was a scam...none of it works. I can count cards to the T and the s*** is a waste of time.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Prompt delivery. Now to just remember all those guiding rules when I visit the Casino. maybe a lucky winner ??Published 8 months ago by Judith L. Dean
If anyone wants to know how to play the game of Blackjack, this book is the bible. Dr. Thorp, because of his research and strategies, changed the game forever. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Richard R.