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Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, April 12, 1966
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- Item Weight : 4.9 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780394703107
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0394703107
- Publisher : Vintage; Illustrated edition (April 12, 1966)
- ASIN : 0394703103
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When I read it, the casinos had already gone from single-deck Blackjack to a six deck shoe. This change was solely because of Professor Thornton book. To this day, I still hear people say that you can't count cards with a 6 deck shoe. They say this because they labor under the mistaken belief that counting cards involves memorizing the cards that are out of the deck. In fact, counting cards had absolutely nothing to do with memorizing the cards. When you're counting, all you're doing is keeping track of how many big cards are out of the deck versus how many small cards. When there is a disproportionate amount of small cards out of the deck, the advantage shifts to the player. When this happens the player makes a larger bet. When the house has the advantage, the player makes a small bet. Therefore, it doesn't matter weather it is one deck, six decks, or 100 decks.
The difference between counting with a single deck, and counting with a 6 deck shoe, is that the advantage gained from counting cards is dramatically reduced. After I originally read Professor Thorpe's book, I crunched the numbers to determine the profitability of counting when playing with a six deck shoe. What I found out was that if someone played blackjack 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and had a bankroll of half a million dollars, they can make $50,000 a year by playing Blackjack. However, if someone has $500,000 in cash, they can probably find better ways to make a living.
Nevertheless, this is a very interesting book and well worth reading to learn about professors Thorpe's experiences when he took his system on the road to test it. And, if you play a little Blackjack every once in awhile, counting will make it a little more fun.
The stories might be older and the game has changed in casinos, but this was the first fundamental book to explain both basic and advanced strategies that influenced a legion of others. The foundation of other advanced systems started here and a lot of the information is useful for reinforcement. This is a must-have for Blackjack players and a younger audience who wouldn’t believe how far casinos would go to cheat back in the day. The claims are reinforced with reasoning and cited sources, which lends to the credibility of what you’re told.
Loved the size of it too. Very handy and nicely written.