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Book Review: The 21st-Century Card Counter

The subtitle of this book is “The Pros’ Approach to Beating Today’s Blackjack.” Trust me; this is exactly what this book is all about. 

The book chronicles how a recent college graduate (Colin Jones) took the advice from a friend and learned card counting, and subsequently used the power of team play in today’s casino environment to extract millions of dollars from them over two decades. His experiences and results with card counting that are detailed in the book substantiate that the naysayers, who claim that card counting is dead, are dead wrong. 

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
November 20, 2019

Book Review: The Blackjack Insiders

Over the past 50 or so years, I’ve read my fair share of books containing trip reports written by card counters. But none was as unique, and well-written, as the recently published The Blackjack Insiders. (Publisher: Huntington Press). 

This is not a how to play and win book on blackjack; rather it’s an interesting and thrilling story about how a blackjack dealer decided to turn the tables on the casinos and beat them at their own game.  

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
November 7, 2019

Which of These 21 Blackjack Statements Are True?

Here’s your chance to find out how much you really know about the game of blackjack. Give yourself one point for every statement that you get right. Then subtract the number of wrong answers from the number of right answers for your final score.
By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
September 19, 2019

How to Play Several Tricky Blackjack Hands Correctly

By using the basic playing strategy, a player can reduce the house edge to less than 1% (rules dependent). Most blackjack players understand the logic behind the majority of the basic strategy plays; for example, why you shouldn’t hit a 16 when the dealer’s upcard is a 6 or why you should split a pair of 8s when the dealer’s upcard is a 6. However, some of the basic strategy is not so apparent: like hitting a 12 against a dealer’s 3, or splitting a pair of 9s against dealer’s 9.

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
September 1, 2019

Should You Take “Even Money” When You Play Blackjack?

Most land-based and online blackjack players have no idea of what taking “Even Money” means to their game. Yet, most players gladly take the even money when it’s offered. In fact, most dealers and fellow players, and sometimes even pit bosses, will encourage players to take the even money because "it’s a sure win." After all, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
July 11, 2019

A Battle to the Finish: Blackjack Vs. Craps

It is a “battle to the finish” between the casinos’ two most popular table games, blackjack and craps. Which is the better game? 

There are many ways to look at the contest. Of course, you can state house edges but these are often obscured or enhanced by the number of decisions players make at each game. A fast game with a low edge can be just as dangerous as or even more dangerous than a slow game with a bigger edge.

By
Frank Scoblete
June 13, 2019