Blackjack Books


Classic Books

Many of these classic books were originally published in the 1970's and 80's and were some of the first intelligent books ever published on blackjack and card counting. Most of the systems are geared towards single-deck games, so modern players may want to use books that profile systems that can handle 6- or 8-decks. Additionally, any information about comps will be outdated. Nevertheless, these books are still among the favorites of serious blackjack players.

The book begins by describing the game of blackjack and tips on playing in a real casino. He then gives a comprehensive lesson on basic strategy with many supportive statistics. He also delves into some of the psychological mistakes gamblers make and then moves on to teach the "Hi-Opt I" counting system

This is the seminal work from which so many other card counting books were based on. It details how Thorp ran computer simulations and created strategies for making money while counting cards how he tested his theories in Nevada casinos.

This classic book, written by Laurence Revere and targeted to serious players, teaches "Point-Count" system as well as a couple of other systems.

In this book, Ken Uston teaches his card counting skills and gives details about his entertaining and legendary blackjack stories during the 1970s and 1980s.

This classic book teaches you how to put on the "act" when you are counting cards and actually get away with making money. Anyone that planning on counting cards for real (and not just as a theoretical exercise) should read this book, and adopt the mindset and learn the behaviors described in this book.

The authors of this book, known in blackjack circles as the “four horsemen,” published this work in 1957, which was, at the time, the most extensive mathematical analysis of blackjack. This new edition has an introduction and additional material from Arnold Snyder and new material from the authors.

Card Counting

Blackjack Blueprint is a comprehensive book that covers everything, including: basic strategy, counting cards, playing alone and playing on a blackjack team, casino comps, tournaments, shuffle tracking, playing in disguise, outwitting the eye in the sky, and other advantage techniques. The author teaches how you can use these techniques part-time as a money-making hobby.

A comprehensive handbook on how to in at casino blackjack. It covers correct basic strategy and presents 3 different card counting systems ranging from entry-level to professional, and showcases the KISS Count - an easy-to-use system to use in today's modern games. This book contains over 40 charts and 60 hand illustrations.

This book tells anecdotes of high-roller life in a way that is entertaining and fun to read. But it is also a solid book on card counting. For beginners, it covers basic strategy. For intermediate players, it details the Hi-Lo counting system. And for the advanced players, the book introduces a more-accurate Level-2 counting system called Omega II.

This book explains blackjack's rules and basic tactics, counting the cards, back-counting, comps and heat, shuffle tracking, ace tracking, and playing with a team, while using examples of hands to illustrate the tactics.

This excellent book teaches the simple "K-O" system, which is a level-1, "unbalanced" system. It is an easy-to-use system but does not compare to real powerful systems.

Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution, written by best-selling author Frank Scoblete, contains the "Speed Count" - a system that is appropriate for basic strategy players who want an advantage with less effort than hi-lo card counting.

Arnold Snyder's newly-revised and updated edition of Blackbelt in Blackjack targets serious and professional players looking to win real money. Snyder reveals tips and tricks and includes several systems, including: the red 7 count, the hi-lo count, the zen count, the true count, and so much more.

This book presents a simplification of an already simple system that works well - the KO count - using the color-coded tools that help illustrate concepts.

This book focuses on a powerful counting system called "High-Opt II" (the book includes a simplified version that is easier to learn) that concentrates on 1- and 2-deck games. The author also teaches Basic Strategy and other random topics, such as: tournament blackjack, internet blackjack, team play, camouflage, money management, and personal anecdotes about his own experiences.

This book is for casual blackjack players who step up their game and learn how to be a positive expectation player. For beginners, there is a non-counting strategy. The intermediate strategy contains an introduction to card counting. The advanced strategy is a powerful system that will give the player up to a 1.5% edge.

A comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to playing and winning at blackjack. The book presents two different counts, which allows readers to choose the system that is most suitable for them. There are also chapters on: bankroll, casino countermeasures, camouflage techniques, the intangibles of playing under real world conditions, and many other topics.

In this book, author Alan Berg tells how he beat the odds at the blackjack tables. Berg explains the tricks he discovered through his experiences and knowledge of statistics from his long career as a CPA.

Popular blackjack author Arnold Snyder, a professional player and guru for more than 25 years, shows beginning and advanced players everything they need to know to beat the game of blackjack.

Frank Scoblete shows you the inside tricks the professionals use that can give players an edge. He teaches a simple counting system and doesn't focus on trivial points that will distract readers from learning the key points that are needed to be successful.

The book starts with a summary of the rule of blackjack, summary of basic strategy, an introduction to card counting, an a brief description of the Hi-Lo system. After giving a comparison of some of the popular systems (Knockout count, Red 7 count, Hi-Lo), he moves on to advantage techniques and offers some anecdotes from Lawrence Revere.

"Hollywood Blackjack" covers the main aspects of winning at blackjack, Basic Strategy and card counting using the Hi-Low system, in an easy-to-understand fashion. The author shares his own experiences as a gambler who plays both under the casino radar, while touching on blackjack tournaments.

This easy-to-read book targets beginning card counters and offers an introduction to the Hi-Low system, with some minor changes.

Blackjack Analysis

The book is one of the best books ever written on card counting and is must reading for serious card counters interested in the underlying mathematics behind basic strategy and card counting.

Sklansky, one of the most popular gambling authors, writes a blackjack book targeted to players who think that expert blackjack play is too difficult to learn. He describes a technique that teaches everything you need to know to beat the game.

This book helps today’s modern blackjack player succeed in today’s modern casino environment. The book, which assumes that readers already know how to count cards, will make readers do a great deal of thinking about blackjack and help them become better players.

In this book, Schlesinger answers many of the mathematical questions that serious have: optimal betting, camouflage, risk analysis, team play, systems comparison, and much more. This third edition contains new studies, including an analysis of the late Peter Griffin's work, and more.

Non-fiction

The book is about Kevin Lewis, an MIT student who gets recruited to play in the famous MIT blackjack card counting team.

This book details Stuart Perry's 1994 experiment to count cards in Las Vegas and record his financials results and emotional experience. The book is a sober glimpse into the life of a professional card counter and is the only book that shows you what it is REALLY like to be a card counter for a living.

The Ultimate Edge, by Mark Billings, tells the very entertaining but little-known story of four men who were formed a group of expert card counters and pioneered many of the techniques used to beat the game of blackjack. This under-appreciated book will appeal to both general readers and blackjack enthusiasts.

This is Ian Andersen's long-awaited sequel to his classic book, Turning the Tables on Las Vegas, written in the 1970s. The sequel addresses aspects of advantage play as well as the expected anecdotes and stories from his real-world experiences.

This book is about the reality of blackjack. It's a true life story about Oliver Galang and his strategies and adventures in gambling and card counting.

This is Josh Axelrad's memoir about his departure from his job on Wall Street to pursue an adventure of counting cards in Vegas.

This is another tale of a card counter hitting the road traveling around the country to count cards.

Stanford Wong's Books

Wong focuses primarily on basic strategy and does a fine job. He devotes much of the book to teaching proper basic strategy for every rule variation (rules on doubling, side bets, coupons, etc.) offered by any casino. He also tells you the value of each variation.

This is one of the best books if you want to learn a simple, yet effective card counting system. It is especially useful for someone who already knows basic strategy and is ready to read their first card counting book. It teaches the popular Hi-Lo counting system.

Blackjack Secrets is a collection of random tidbits about different topics (like tipping) that can help out your game. The book would primarily benefit players who already have begun their journey into the real world of frequent play in casinos.

Blackjack Tournaments

This book introduces the reader to blackjack tournaments, shows you evaluate their profit potential, and teaches techniques and basic concepts that can make you competitive in blackjack tournaments.

Standford Wong, the popular poker author, extends his expertise to non-poker tournaments. Although this book is slightly outdated, it is still worth it, as it the best book on tournament blackjack strategy on the market. It also applies to craps, blackjack, and baccarat tournaments.

Progression

A guide to blackjack, for the beginner and expert, details a strategy that players can use to for optimal play with no card counting necessary.

Newly revised and expanded, this best-selling book includes advice on the latest topics, like playing blackjack on the internet as well as a new section with strategies, including: shuffle tracking, front loading, back counting and more.

This is a book that teaches a progression system, best known as "Dahl's Progression" while taking aim at card counters.

This guide to blackjack strategies explains how players can win by knowing the probabilities, betting strategies, and attitudes that are connected to success at blackjack.

This easy-to-read book teaches how to play much longer and with less money using tactics that are simple to understand and uncomplicated to apply.

A follow up to Blackjack's Hidden Secrets: Win Without Counting, the authors' second book has a lot of blackjack information that can take the player to the next level - without card counting.

Thomason offers a betting system that is easy to learn, impervious to casino harassment and, supposedly, more profitable than flat-betting.

The "Gregorian strategy" that is taught in this book is purported by the author to be better than the so-called "old Basic Strategy" based on a bunch of changes of strategy in specific situations.

This book offers a progression system which may not offer and advantage over the house, but does allow players to play the game without suffering through the huge bankroll swings that card counters are prone to, and which aren't very practical for recreational gamblers.

This book is for beginning players who want to improve their game and offers practical advice and solid strategies to turn their game around. And although it does touch on card counting, I don't consider it to be a real card counting book.

This is an introductory book about how to play the game of Blackjack and includes instruction on how to play, playing strategy, and betting progressions. It is not written for card counters, but for people who want to play blackjack for fun, yet want to implement some strategies to mix it up.

Reference Books

In this book, two prominent gaming attorneys address the controversial legal issues in the battle between card counters and the casino industry.

This book is a complete manual to dealing and supervising the game of Blackjack. The author describes operational procedures that deal with all facets of the game as it is played in a casino environment.

Blackjack Cheating

Although cheating is not as common today, it still happens. This informative and entertaining book will teach you how to detect casino cheating at blackjack based on the dozens of possible cheating techniques that can be used.

Online Blackjack

This book covers the basic rules of blackjack before moving on to advanced strategies. It also addresses the legitimate security and legal concerns associated with online gaming.

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