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Blackjack: Play Like The Pros by [Bukofsky, John]
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"Blackjack is definitely a game that you can make money playing, and this book shows you how to do it!"

About the Author

John Bukofsky is an electrical engineer and expert blackjack player who has played throughout the United States and Europe. Because of his card counting skill, he has been barred from playing in Las Vegas, harassed in Atlantic City and Connecticut, and has played alongside some of the highest rollers in the world at the casinos in Monte Carlo. John is married with two children and lives in southern New Jersey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2486 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0818406569
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart (July 1, 2006)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2006
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001E4V2EE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
A must read for any serious player who wants to get to the next level. Two card counting methods are presented with lots of helpful hints on how to make learning the whole process easier. The Casino Countermeaure Chapter is an excellent description of what happens to good players when the casions discover someone can beat them, and many helpful tactics are covered in the next chapter on how to remain undetected once you are playing at that level. The chapter Blackjack Team Play also describes and teaches the nuances of this fascinating approach to the game. Overall, a sound and technically well written book with the player in mind that focusses on exactly what you need to know.
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This is the best overall of three books on blackjack I've read so far. You get the feeling this man has a very well-organized mind. He's the first author I've read who adequately explains deviations from basic strategy and the matix tables. He nicely discusses the issue of whether to go with a simpler or more complex counting system. Ironically, he is weakest where other writers are stronger: on betting strategy. Here I think he gets a bit too mathematically precise in his betting tables. Would someone with a $20,000 bankroll really bet in amounts of 83, 133, 182, 267, 338...? (p. 122). Of course not. But I completely agree with Bukovsky when he says, "Don't just read this book. Read everything you can get your hands on....Read and reread..." (219). Sound advice, in my view.
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Format: Paperback
This book is great. It tells you what you need to play at the pro level--nothing more, nothing less. And there isn't a lot of filler or self-promotion. It's also written by someone who knows how to write, and not just another card player. The author has obviously been around for awhile and knows exactly the ins and outs of playing with an advantage at casinos worldwide.
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Format: Paperback
The author starts at the lowest level, and leads the reader by the hand through the complexities of "pro" level Blackjack. Even if you don't plan to play the game at the casinos, the book is a must read for entainment value alone. He covers every aspect of the game, up to and including, behavior at the table and proper dress code to avoid suspicion.

In additon to the technical aspects of the game, he spices the book with personal experiences, successes and failures. A great book for knowledge and entertainment. Should be a must reference for all who plan to try their hand (not luck) at the casino tables.
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I loved this book. I've been interested in blackjack and the science of card-counting for a long time. Thing is, nobody has really written much about the game. And, upon reading this book, I am secure enough to admit this is the definitive book on the game of blackjack and the tools you need to beat the casino. Not only do you learn about the game but you also come to understand the intricacies of the casino. Mr. Bukofsky explains what to look for in the casino regarding how casino management tend to get the odds in their favor. However, this book puts the odds in the reader's favor. Thanks for the tips.
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By M. Nasca on November 28, 2011
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There are a few misconceptions about counting cards. First, it's very difficult to do. While its not easy it does not require you to be mathematically gifted in any way. You do however need to be dedicated to practicing and patient at the blackjack table. The second misconception is that you will get rich fast. Card counters or advantage players can expect to gain about 1.5% percent per hand. For example, playing at a $5 dollar betting between $5 and $20 dollars (based on the true count) the expected return is $15 for every 100 hands played (about an hour at the average table).

I think this book should be the second blackjack book an aspering blackjack player should read. The first is Blackjack Bluebook II - the simplest winning strategies ever published (2006 edition) because it has more statistical analysis to prove why basic strategy works and has teaches ways of achieving a positive expectations without counting cards. In addition it offers a basic counting method called KISS (Keep it simple stupid.)

Finally, the review of this book. It offers explanations on all areas of advantage play:
Card counting
Betting strategies according to bankroll ($2,000 - 10,000)
Team play
Camouflage
Basic strategy and deviations according to the count
Expectations
Single deck games
Random tips throughout the book

I guess maybe there is no mathematical way to really have a positive expectation when you go to the casino with $100 dollars. Blackjack: Play Like the Pros says that you have to have a bankroll of $2000 to go at the tables with positive expectation.
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The author, a professional blackjack player, covers basic strategy, a few ways to count cards, money management in placing bets, and team play. The book also discusses counter actions taken by casinos, and what happens when you get caught.

The book is straightforward and doesn't require a lot of math. I wouldn't really call it a "system" as some other gambling books profess, it's merely playing the best hand for any given situation based on probability. If you do that and count cards, you can end up with a slight advantage. Even with that you can still lose money.

Anyone serious about playing casino blackjack should read this book.
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