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Blackjack Blueprint: How to Play Like a Pro . . . Part-Time Paperback – May 1, 2014
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Blackjack Blueprint covers everything from basic strategy to counting cards, from maximizing potential going solo to playing on a blackjack team. Casino comps, tournaments, location play, shuffle tracking, playing in disguise, outwitting the eye in the sky, and other advantage-play techniques--it's all here.
Best of all, the techniques you'll learn in Blackjack Blueprint can be used part-time as a money-making hobby, just as author Rick Blaine has used them for years while pursuing a career in finance.
This revised edition contains new information on getting reimbursed for airline tickets to casino destinations, negotiating and optimizing rebates on gambling losses, hiding chips and disguising wins, security while on blackjack-related websites, mitigating the risk of identity theft by casino and credit-agency employees, and protecting your personal privacy when making large cash transactions at casinos.
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Dislikes: I have a few discrepancies. In this book Blaine says you want 100 max bets for your total bankroll. If you were to do this on an even semi-professional players bankroll, I would recommend at least 125, but ideally over 200 max bets to ensure an incredibly low risk of ruin (losing all your bankroll before you get the number of positive count hands needed to double it.) For those looking for more advanced information on the game itself, Blackjack Professional by Standford Wong is still one of the best books out there. The book also speaks a lot about six deck games, but many casinos I've been to seem to have eight decks as the normal shoe size for the majority of lower minimum tables.
Overall an informative book and an easy read.
This book really appealed to me because it was from the perspective of someone who has many years experience, while working in a professional career track similar to my situation. Not always true, but all of the other advice books/blogs I've read appeared to be from people who've made Blackjack a full-time career or have limited to no family obligations. While the book did not go into a great amount of detail on his Work-Life balance of Blackjack, Career and family, I felt the author presented a fair and honest summary of areas, time and costs to consider relative to your obligations to your family/career. I also enjoyed the author's advice when playing on other teams, Comps, and Heat/Casino Countermeasures.
Since I have not played long enough, I cannot speak to whether any advanced players would get anything out of it, but beginner advantage players would definitely get some value out of it, especially the practice drills and the types of counting systems. Furthermore, I really liked how the author addresses working on your appearance in being able to count while talking with other people and the casino personnel to not give away that you are a counter. Ultimately, this book shows that you can have a successful, long career as a part-time advantage player if you take the time to research and perfect your skills.
It is an impressive tutorial and practice guide for
anyone seriously interested in learning to play blackjack.
Similar to Revere's classic work, Mr. Blaine explains the
basics one must learn to get an advantage playing the game.
Then he offers practice drills designed to ingrain those
basic skills/info, so the new BJ player can perform at a
level to compete with the casinos.
The last half of the book introduces related topics like
BJ tournament play, casino critters, comps, shuffle tracking,
team play, camouflage, etc. All interesting topics for aspiring
Blackjack Blueprint is among the best introductory books on
advantage blackjack play that I've read. It compares favorably
with Revere's and Wong's books, and is more up-to-date.
I don't hesitate to recommend it, and am happy to own it.