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Colin & Ben have been counting cards since around 2004. It quickly transformed from a hobby to a profession when they teamed up, going on to run a multi-million dollar blackjack team. Blackjack Apprenticeship exists to provide the best training, community & resources online. Whether it’s a hobby or a source of income, the Pros at Blackjack Apprenticeship are here to help others master the craft of card counting.

  • Traveling as a Card CounterTraveling as a Card Counter
    Here's a snippet of my book "The 21st Century Card Counter: Beating Today's Blackjack for Tomorrow's Profits" due to be published March 2019, by Huntington Press. — Colin P.S. Read the full first chapter FREE here! Money Security and Travel      In the late stages of my first team,… Read more »
  • 5 Takeaways from 23rd Annual BJ Ball5 Takeaways from 23rd Annual BJ Ball
    Last weekend marked the 10 year anniversary of my first Blackjack Ball. I still remember my first blackjack ball, nervously introducing myself to my heroes like Tommy Hyland, Richard Munchkin, Dr. Thorp, and Max Rubin before sheepishly retreating to a corner of the room. Now, I get to enjoy memorable… Read more »
  • Fear & Card CountingFear & Card Counting
    Here's a snippet of my book "The 21st Century Card Counter: Beating Today's Blackjack for Tomorrow's Profits" due to be published March 2019, by Huntington Press. — Colin P.S. Read the full first chapter FREE here! Fear & Card Counting You know why you got into this: You want to… Read more »
  • Recommended Blackjack BankrollRecommended Blackjack Bankroll
    Recommended Blackjack Bankroll and Money ManagementThere are three parts to blackjack money management: How to optimally bet (and the corresponding bankroll needed) Knowing how much to bring to a casino Knowing how to change your bets if you are losing My brother likes to joke with me whenever he knows… Read more »
  • Ex-Casino Dealers Reveal: With These 5 Ways Casinos Trick You Into LosingEx-Casino Dealers Reveal: With These 5 Ways Casinos Trick You Into Losing
    By David “Loudon Ofton” Drury When you push your money into the blackjack circle and faced off against a dealer, you are playing the best odds in the house. You can even turn the advantage to your favor. But not so fast. If you thought it was merely the cards… Read more »
  • “The 21st Century Card Counter” SNEAK PEEK“The 21st Century Card Counter” SNEAK PEEK
    This is Chapter 1 of Colin’s upcoming book tentatively titled “The 21st Century Card Counter: Beating Today’s Blackjack for Tomorrow’s Profits” due to be published August 2019 by Huntington Press  No Gamble Is a Good Gamble I had never been in a casino. I’d never thought about casinos. I didn’t… Read more »
  • Profile of a Card Counter: kibbs299Profile of a Card Counter: kibbs299
    by “kibbs299” Greetings BJA, I would like to take some time to introduce myself. I am a bootcamp (November 2017) graduate and was fortunate enough to stop by the 10 year anniversary party earlier in the month, had a blast at both! I have been only a forum “listener” for… Read more »
  • Characteristics of a Successful Card CounterCharacteristics of a Successful Card Counter
    Characteristics of a Successful Card Counter Chapter 4 SNEAK PEEK This is Chapter 4 of Colin’s upcoming book tentatively titled “The 21st Century Card Counter: Beating Today’s Blackjack for Tomorrow’s Profits” due to be published August 2019 by Huntington Press Do I Have What It Takes?The DNA of a Card… Read more »
  • Announcing the all new BlackjackApprenticeship.com!Announcing the all new BlackjackApprenticeship.com!
    The Mission at Blackjack Apprenticeship is: To train successful, profitable card counters To provide the best blackjack resources for card counters To create a place for meaningful community for card counters With that mission in mind, and roughly 10 years after its inception, we’ve launched an entirely new version of… Read more »
  • Colin’s Takeaways from the 22nd Annual Blackjack BallColin’s Takeaways from the 22nd Annual Blackjack Ball
    I just returned from 5 days in Las Vegas where I attended the 22nd annual Blackjack Ball. It was the first time my wife was able to join me, and Joe748 was in attendance as well. I learn a few things every time I attend, and wanted to share a… Read more »
  • Profile of a Card Counter: SpartanProfile of a Card Counter: Spartan
    Spartan, one of the Pros at BJA, has become a regular at our Blackjack Bootcamps and has become a friend in the past year. He was willing to share a bit about his journey as a card counter, including outlining an epic 8,000 mile road trip with LeviMich.  Check out… Read more »
  • Card Counting Online and Online GamblingCard Counting Online and Online Gambling
    “Colin, can I count cards at one of those live dealer online blackjack games?” I get asked this question nearly every week. To answer the question, let me first explain the conditions needed to beat blackjack with card counting: Rules that give the casino a small enough house edge that card… Read more »
  • Colin’s Guide to Deck EstimationColin’s Guide to Deck Estimation
    If you are using a balance count like Hi-Lo, the count we use and teach, then you will have to convert your “Running Count” to the “True Count.” The True Count gives you a “count per deck,” so you know how to bet and when to use playing deviations. To… Read more »
  • Some Gambling Myths you Should knowSome Gambling Myths you Should know
    Here at Blackjack Apprenticeship, we are not fond of gambling. Sound strange?  Well, it is true. When done right, counting cards is much more of an investment then a gamble because card counting is a repeatable, predictable system based on math and logic. And I know EVERYONE in a casino… Read more »
  • The Path to the first $100kThe Path to the first $100k
    I love reading stories about the card counting heroes who came before us. I feel like it connects me to a greater story than my own. And honestly, some of the things people like John Chang, Ian Andersen, and Tommy Hyland have accomplished is truly inspiring. But that was then…… Read more »
  • A Card Counter’s Guide to Betting at Blackjack
    Knowing exactly what to bet is crucial to your success as a card counter. You could have perfect skills, but if you don’t have a bet spread that maximizes EV and minimizes your risk, you threaten your ability to beat the casino. Over-betting One common mistake I see with new card… Read more »
  • Profile of a Card Counter: BJA Member “Ryemo”Profile of a Card Counter: BJA Member “Ryemo”
    I had the pleasure of meeting “Ryemo” while I was in Las Vegas for a recent Blackjack Bootcamp. He wasn’t attending the Bootcamp, but happened to be in town for a blackjack trip and was friends with several of the BJA Pros who were helping with the Bootcamp that weekend. He’s… Read more »
  • Is Card Counting Illegal?
    5 Things you should know about Card Counting: Card Counting is NOT cheating. Card counting is simply using your brain, like a winning chess player. Fortunately, using your brain is still perfectly legal in the US! There are a couple reasons why people think card counting is illegal. First off, TV… Read more »
  • Is this the End of Card Counting?Is this the End of Card Counting?
    Does Card Counting still work? Casinos don’t want to have the tables turned on them. And that’s just what card counting does. So is learning card counting futile? Aren’t the casinos just going to change the rules? Isn’t the facial recognition software too good to out-smart? Won’t the shuffle machines… Read more »
  • What a Trip – My 300 Hour Card Counting Adventure in the USWhat a Trip – My 300 Hour Card Counting Adventure in the US
    Story by BJA Member “Ultimate” What at first sounded like a strange idea became true: After a year of reading, training and playing small stakes as a test, I came over to the US from overseas: Three months of playing Blackjack as an extended vacation, taking a break from work. I… Read more »

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