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Blackjack Blueprint: How to Play Like a Pro... Part-Time Paperback – January, 2006
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His step-by-step course in learning basic strategy and card-counting blackjack is excellent and utilizes drills and quizzes to solidify the material in the readers' mind before proceeding to the next level. Basic strategy and counting are concepts that are taught in other books, but are very well-presented here.
Blaine pays attention to concepts such as bankroll sizing, dealing with all the different people in the casino chain of command, and how and when the casino is observing you that you might not be aware of. The thing that sets this book apart is that Blaine leaves no stone unturned, whether it is discussing casino cheating, tournament play, comp-garnering strategies, shuffle-tracking, ace-location play or the several chapters on team play.
In my mind, his most useful sections are on casino comportment and camouflage, and his discussions of the patience and discipline required to become a long-term winner.
This book has a wealth of information for beginners, intermediate players, and even those who have been playing with an advantage for many years.
What this book offers is a quick but sufficient introduction to basic strategy and card counting based on Stanford Wong's Hi-Lo system, which is pretty easy to learn. Blaine spends a chapter on teaching the reader how to count, and then another one on how to adjust to a true count. Subsequently, he shows how to tailor your play (and betting, of course) to the count.
The card counting portion takes up less than half of the book. Some of the rest of the book may or may not be interesting to some readers. The sub-title of the book is "How to Play Like a Pro...Part-Time", but much of the remainder of the book is more "professional" in nature. There is a section on zone tracking as well as a LOT of stuff on team play.
I am not a professional card counter. In fact, I read the book based mostly on curiosity and the desire to perhaps play at a slight advantage at low stakes on Vegas trips. However, I still found the section on team play interesting on its own merits. Blaine kept a diary of a team and its successes (or in this case, failures). It was nice to see that Blaine didn't sugar coat things and included a section on how even at an advantage, negative swings are inevitable at times.
If you're planning a trip to Vegas, the book is definitely worth a read. Pick it up a few weeks beforehand and give the card counting tips some practice and I think it'll be more than worth the twenty bucks you shell out for it.
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A good strategy book for the intermediate to advanced player. A little too in depth and sophisticated for absolute beginners. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gines Pasamonte
Most of the content is a available for free on the Internet. This is useful if you don't have constant Internet access.Published 17 months ago by Darius Morawski
I thought I knew how to play blackjack.....that was before I started reading this book. I'm only on chapter four and I've ready gained a wealth of knowledge. "pun intended! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Blackjack from A to Z with valuable comments on team play not in print anywhere else.Published 23 months ago by Norm W
I purchased this book to improve my knowledge of playing winning blackjack. I bought this particular book after hearing Rick Blaine interviewed on the radio. Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by Larry C. White
This book is ideal for those who want to learn about the beginning concepts of card counting. It explains how card counting works, and helps disassemble myths readers may have... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Dave M.