- Paperback: 283 pages
- Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (February 3, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1566250579
- ISBN-13: 978-1566250573
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best Blackjack Paperback – February 3, 2004
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People play blackjack for fun. But it's more fun to play for profit. Now you can do both! Best Blackjack shows you how.
In precise, easy-to-understand, straightforward language, Frank Scoblete, gaming's premier authority, shows you how to beat the most popular table game in the casinos today. Everything you need to know to become an expert blackjack player is in this book, including: basic strategies for single- and multiple-deck games; powerful but easy-to-master card-counting techniques for Face-up or Double Exposure blackjack and for Multiple Action blackjack. You'll learn the secrets of beating new options such as Over-Under 13, Red-Black 21, Super Sevens, Jackpot 21 and much, much more. You'll learn money-management techniques that will stretch your bankroll and make you a real threat to the casino's bottom line.
Frank Scoblete also shows you the insider tricks the professionals use that can give players even greater edges. Learn how to take advantage of the sloppy dealers. Learn how to cut the cards to give you the better hands. Learn how to get the casinos to pay you extra money to play blackjack!
Still, blackjack is more than just basic strategies and counting systems; there is also the human element. Frank explores topics rarely touched on by other gaming writers such as: the effect of poor play on the expert player; the myth of the long run; how to maximize comps while minimizing risks; the emotional impact of having an edge. You'll meet expert players who will share with you their experiences, theories and secrets.
When you finish Best Blackjack, you will be the best blackjack player you can be.
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Most BJ books are either useless to the serious or semi-serious BJ player, or are about count strategies that are useful but the book itself is so theoretical and tedious it will bore you to tears. Not so with Mr. Scoblete's tome. In a breezy and easily understandable style, he covers the basics of single and multiple deck strategy for various gambling venues, then moves on to advanced counting strategies. Where this book excels, he then gives practical suggestions on how these strategies can be applied in real life, without being preachy about only doing it "his way", as some authors do. He also flavors the book with his own experience and self recognized bias (the section on "ploppies" is a hoot!)
This book has information that will be useful for a novice's first session at a table, or a more serious player looking to improve their skills. If you are planning to purchace one BJ book, make it this one.
The technical stuff is well presented; basic strategy isn't going to change from book to book unless the rules do, but it is well presented here. Likewise, the overview of all the various counts and systems is excellent and worth the price of the book itself. Further, I thought it was greatly to his credit that he admits most of the multilevel counts just aren't worth the mental effort and risk of making mistakes, a recommends a simple (but effective) count for the reader. Too many authors push their own counts which work if you happen to be a math savant but aren't as useful to the average player.
There is a chapter of minor tricks of the trade which is pretty good, and there are interviews with successful counters and team leaders/members.
Scoblete tosses in a lot of road warrior blackjack stories, all well told, most of them funny, and genuinely enjoys the people part of the game. It's also to his credit that he doesn't brag about how high he plays, how much he makes - no, he says straight out that he makes much more money from writing books on blackjack than on playing it. Blackjack is a fun and thrilling way of having a shot at making a bit of extra money, if one plays very well, while enjoying the rest of life as well. A particularly mature and refreshing attitude!
Overall there is a wealth of hard information here, and tons of material of interest to both the serious and casual blackjack player. If you are to read only one book, this would be a great choice.
But even if you already know how to play the game perfectly, the book is still a fun read. Especially for the sections on obtaining comps, the not-so-well-known ways to gain an advantage on the casinos and all the people you find playing across the table. If you have ever heard about the million dollar bum that walked into the casino with his social security check, wound up winning over a million dollars at the blackjack tables, then turned around and lost most of it back, you will want to read the whole story from the people that waited on this guy. This chapter is worth the price of the book alone.
The main reason I did not give a five star rating to this book is because he gives the basic strategy in verbal form, rather than in chart form, which would be easier for a novice player to copy and take to the casino. But these charts are available on the internet at [...] I highly recommend this site for getting the basic strategy charts for any set of rules you run up against.
But overall, the book is an easy read and gives every blackjack player information that he/she can use the next time you go to the casino.