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Betting On Blackjack: A Non-Counter's Breakthrough Guide to Making Profits at the Tables Paperback – Bargain Price, January 16, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (January 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580629512
  • ASIN: B000EHTASW
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,490,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As do most Blackjack players I have purchased numerous books on the subject; most do cover card counting, therefore I found this particular book to be unique in nature. The author does present a "fresh" approach at playing the game. I had to read the book not once, not twice, but three times to really gain all the knowledge that he places on those pages. It is clear that he has really been a seasoned gambler and knows what the heck he is talking about; I saw myself in many of the cited examples he outlines with regards to behavior patterns that affect our play. I have read some of the reviews of this book posted on this site and it makes me wonder if the reviewers who posted the semi-negative ones really "read" the book! I would classify myself as a semi-pro in the game and have been playing for years and even "I" took so much knowledge from this book that I can't imagine that anyone who has really studied the game didn't appreciate all the "gaming" philosophy the author packs in there besides his hallmark "CLB" betting methods. He stresses over and over again on those pages that this game is a ll about "patience and discipline" and if you don't have it, don't even make the attempt to play! This alone can concretely be demonstrated by watching folks play at ANY table almost every minute of every day. Some of the reveiwers remarked that his methods were like "Martingale", well, that's an obvious indicator that they really didn't read what the author wrote in there! If anything, his main point and strategy is to play so that you "Don't" get into a "Martingale" situation. I've done what the author suggested, read the book more then once, practiced his methods on low limit tables, tried to attain the goals setforth in his methodologies; all I can say is that they work for me!Read more ›
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I HAVE STUDIED EVERY BLACKJACK TECHNIQUE AVAILABLE TO EXAUSTION,

AND IN TODAYS CASINO,COUNTING IS NO LONGER EFFECTIVE. I HAVE ALWAYS FELT THAT A NEGATIVE PROGRESSION OR SIMILAR TECHNIQUE IS THE ONLY WAY TO CONSISTANT WINNING. THIS BOOK HAS HELPED ME TIE TOGETHER ALL THE LOOSE INS AND IN MY FIRST 8 TRIPS USING THIS METHOD I HAVE WON 8 TIMES.

MATHMATICIANS MAY TELL YOU WHY THIS WOULD NOT WORK, TAKE IT FROM A GAMBLER , YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IF YOU PRACTICE THIS SYSTEM WITH AN AGRESSIVE CLB PAYBACK, I RECOMMEND 50 PERCENT AND IF A LOSS GO BACK TO W7 OR 8 UNTIL YOU GET HEALTHY.

YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT I SAID AFTER YOU READ THIS,

IF YOU HAVE THE BANKROLL AND THE ABILITY TO READ YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. THANKS FOR A GREAT BOOK
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By joey on January 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Hello there,

I don't know if this makes any difference or not, because I see reviewrs that have no understanding in probability theory that rave about the book...I am an Economics student at Columbia University and I got the book today at the Columbia book store simply assuming that they would not have sold junk. I started to have doubts when the author talked about bad players ruining the table, and how important joining the table in the right time was (mind you -- without card counting). And then I got to those pearls of wisdom about probabilities of win/lose sequences. I was outraged, As I felt cheated. I simply see so many of those know-alls that dispense superstitions under the disguise of mathematical thoery. This book was written by a man that does not have the slightest understanding in probability theory (STAT 101), and the mathematical foundations of the game. I simply don't believe that he could even calculate the basic strategy guidelines he gives. I will explain and give an anecdote at the end. The main problem, among the mass of them, is that the author does not get the concept of independent events. Take a coin toss for example: the probability of getting heads is equal to the probability of getting tails -- 1/2=0.5. If you toss the coin a second time the probability still remains the same, as the result of the first toss did not affect the outcome of the second -- still the same 0.5. In theory, the probability of getting one tail and then another is 0.5x0.5=0.25, and so on. That means that the probability of getting 10 tails in a row will be 0.5 to the power 10. This is indeed a tiny probability, but here lies the catch -- Because those are all independent events to each other, they do occur, and there is no way to predict when a tails/heads streak will end!
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Most of the people reviewing this book are in fact correct. Even if they are on differing sides. NO BETTING SYSTEM WILL BEAT THE HOUSE. EVER. STOP TRYING. If you really want to win that badly learn to count. There is absolutely no way around this.

However, this is where the controversy is. This system will not beat the house, as far as I know, I don't think the author claims that it will. What it can do, though is keep you in the game long enough to make your "goal profit." Any betting system that is worth a damn will have ups and downs. Of course, they all will eventually trend down. The key to the strategy that this author puts forward is you use this system until it has reached your "goal." If you set a resonable/realistic goal, like say $40 or $50 profit on a $200 bankroll, there is a good chance you will see your goal before the house's edge takes effect. Just remember, if you stay at the table past your goal you will lose the vast majority of the time. Even if you leave the moment you reach your goal...you will still lose some of the time.

That being said, a lot of the math in this book is, well, flawed would be an understatement. This is not going to give you an edge, this just gives you a strategy that can make you a SMALL profit USUALLY. But no, this, like every other betting system since the begining of the world, will not beat the hosue in the long run.
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