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Blackjack in Montana ???

Bill would legalize blackjack in Montana, tax tables

FREDDY MONARES, University of Montana School of Journalism Published 4:33 p.m. MT March 15, 2017

HELENA — Rep. Wylie Galt, R-Martinsdale, said generating revenue for the state can be as simple as counting to 21, meaning, playing blackjack.  House Bill 578 would legalize the card game, for both tabletop and video play.  The bill also allocates a $500 tax on each blackjack table to the state’s Department of Justice and a state special revenue account — $100 going to the DOJ, and $400 to the account.  … CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE

Some history of gambling in Montana can be found at the Montana Department of Justice site.  From their site:

The Montana Legislature has authorized limited legal gambling in Montana. Poker, keno, bingo, and video line gambling machines are legal with a maximum $2 bet and $800 payout. Legal live games include: raffles, bingo, keno, panguingue, poker and shake-a-day. Sports pools, fantasy sports leagues and sports tab games are also legal. These are non-banking games in which players bet against and settle with each other rather than betting against and settling with the house.

The legal age for gambling in Montana is 18, with the exception of raffles conducted by churches, schools, charitable and nonprofit organizations. Children under 18 years old may participate in these.  LINK

Ten Fun Ways to Look Like an Idiot*

Ten Fun Ways to Look Like an Idiot*
* Or avoiding blackjack protocol at all costs!
by Michael Dalton
(Originally published in the Summer 1996 issue of Blackjack Review)

  1. Before you sit down at any table be sure to introduce yourself and shake the dealer’s hand. If you need chips, always hand the dealer the money directly.  Never place money directly on the table… someone might steal it!

  2. Be sure to have a cup full of slot tokens in your lap and preferably on the table. They are great for tipping and when you pile them up in your betting circle you will feel like a high roller.
  1. Always pick up your cards with two hands. You don’t want to drop them do you?
  1. Tell the dealer you would like to take insurance when he “doesn’t” have an Ace up. Oh, let’s say, with an 8 up, for example.
  1. When playing your hand, always signal your wishes verbally instead of using that silly scratching technique.
  1. In a face down game, don’t tell anyone if you get a blackjack. Just keep it a secret until the dealer flips it over… for all to enjoy!
  1. When doubling down, just slap your chips on top of your main bet. It’s so much more fun doing it this way and it adds a bit of excitement to the game.  When security comes just tell them you heard about it in Blackjack Review.. they’ll understand!
  1. In a face down game when the count is negative… and you have busted your hand, just keep asking for cards until you get 31. Just tell them you thought this was Chinese blackjack.
  1. Every now and then bet less than the table minimum. This keeps the dealer and pit on their toes and tells them you are someone to be reckoned with!
  1. If another player makes a mistake… any mistake, ask the dealer for your money back!

Ed Thorp’s A Man for All Markets

On January 24th 2017, Random House Publishing will release Ed Thorp’s memoirs in his new book A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market.

A Man for all Markets by Ed Thorp

Nassim Taleb did the foreword for this book and if you are interested you can read it here.  Early reviews of the book appear excellent and I am looking forward to reading it.  You can pre-order this book on Amazon.

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Historical Events and Quotes

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Announcing the Blackjack Review Network
historical event and quotation database.

Every day that you visit the Blackjack Review Network web site you are greeted with a historical event and/or quote of the day. 

My goal is to have a relevant event and/or quote for each day of the year.   Relevant means the event or quote should be blackjack or gambling related or support our motto “Gaining an edge in cards and life!

Review our two databases:

… and tell me what you think.  Suggestions for new events and quotes are always welcome.  

Events should have an “exact” date (month, day, year) associated with them.  Also, if possible, tell me the source of this fact. Ideas include:

  • Births and deaths of notable figures
  • Casino openings and closings
  • Legal events and gambling laws
  • Article and book publishing dates
  • Big team losses or wins
  • Casino heists
  • Blackjack tournaments
  • Barrings
  • Interviews
  • Awards
  • Website start dates
  • Blackjack Ball events

To make a suggestion, reply to this post or leave comment here.

Michael Dalton
Blackjack Review Network



Blackjack Review Network Progress Update

Blackjack Review Network

Considerable progress has been made updating the Blackjack Review Network site at and  The entire site is going through an overhaul which means everything is being updated.  I am working 12-15 hours every day on this project.  My completion estimate is the end of August for phase 1. 

The Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One is also finally being updated.  Lots of new blackjack terms, strategies, authors, books, software, videos and web sites to consider.

If you would like to be a contributor to this site please email me at [email protected].  I am only interested in responsible people who are serious about the game and understands what “positive expectation” is. 

If accepted, you will be given “contributor” status and a password to log into the site.

Michael Dalton
Blackjack Review Network
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Who has the biggest blackjack book collection?

I’ve been collecting blackjack books since the early 1980s.  It’s pretty intensive but I am sure it is not the largest.  If your collection is larger I would love to hear your comments.  I recently did some organizing in my office and found a few duplicate books – which you can check out on my Amazon Marketplace account at .  The photo below is just the corner of my office.  It doesn’t include poker books, blackjack software and my other collections.

Dalton's Blackjack Book Collection 2016
Dalton’s Blackjack Book Collection 2016