- File Size: 90 KB
- Print Length: 14 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 16, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GKMYF4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Secret of Blackjack Kindle Edition
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First, let me say that this book is not a long term winning strategy and it is very, very misleading. The betting strategies he recommends may possibly be decreasing variance (that is, the range that winning/loosing streaks will take you), but it does not decrease the house edge in any way and actually puts you at a greater long term disadvantage.
He recommends an extreme deviation from basic strategy in Black Jack. He uses some mathematically correct but extremely misleading statements to convince you why you should deviate from basic. For example he says you should always stand if you could possibly bust (you have a hard 12 or higher) regardless of what the dealer has because the dealer is more likely to bust than you. While technically true in some cases, due to the fact that a dealer has to keep hitting while he's bellow 17, this does not take into account the dealer getting a 17-21 and beating you which is why it is sometimes mathematically better to take a hit depending on what the dealer has. In other words he's saying I should stand on a 12 against a dealer 7, because the dealer is more likely to bust than me, but if you factor in the likelihood of the dealer getting a 17-21, the math, and millions of computer simulations, and any credible mathematician you talk to, will confirm that you should take a hit. He says that everyone has been "fooled" into playing basic strategy as the optimum way of playing against a randomized deck or in online play.
In essence, he is saying that all those mathematicians and computer scientists and millions of computer simulations are wrong and he has figured out something better by talking to a drunk Ukrainian. Give me a break.
Another note, at the beginning he correctly dismisses roulette as a game you can not get an advantage on without illegal means, but at the end he dubiously makes statements that make it seem that you'll have a 3/4 chance of walking away with doubling your money in Roulette by adjusting your betting strategy to what he recommends. He states "It is not the most exciting game in the casino, but you will make money at it". No, in the long run you won't, just like you yourself said at the beginning of the book. This is complete BS and very misleading.
Now just add in some interesting but pretty much useless rambling about how certain types of random number generators work, and you have about 30-40 mins of wasted time reading this garbage + 10 mins writing this review + $10 wasted on the book = a very bad deal.
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