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  • Books on Advantage Play Cannot be a Strategic Roadmap
    Advantage play (AP) books usually teach strategy tables and are meant to provide a good conceptual understanding of the game. They cannot be expected to provide AP strategy/career roadmaps. If they did, they would become outdated very quick The post Books on Advantage Play Cannot be a Strategic Roadmap appeared first... Read more »
  • Generic Basic Strategy
    Basic strategy is the best way to play a blackjack hand on the first round after a shuffle, assuming you see no cards other than your own and the dealer’s upcard. For a person who does not count cards, basic strategy is the best way to play every hand. The post... Read more »
  • The Current State of the Law for Online Blackjack in North America & Beyond
    Some movement has occured in online gambling laws in North America over the last year. A lot has also been happening in Europe recently. One of the latest developments was the announcement that virtual gaming platforms will be fully legal in Belarus beginning April 1, 2019. This followed a Presidential... Read more »
  • Unusual Circumstances & Break-in Dealers
    Your bet is not lost until the dealer picks it up. If the dealer errs in your favor, keep the money. Never cheat, but never give money to the dealer. Of course, if the dealer makes an error in the casino’s favor, speak up and get it corrected. ... Read more »
  • Can you teach yourself blackjack and win?
    We all come to the tables by different paths. While I’m not a hardcore blackjack player, I do enjoy the game and usually dedicate about 20% of my bankroll to it. I’ll try to lay out some of the pitfalls I faced in learning and coming to love the game.... Read more »
  • 4,000 Miles in Search of an Advantage — Part Two
    Early on in my career I struggled to find a balance between work and play. My only respite was the summer air as I sped across the freeway en-route to the next casino.  I spent my leisure time journeying from table to table.  There was no time for sight-seeing, no... Read more »
  • Medellin, a Blackjack Paradise
    Meistro has been a regular contributor on the BJI forum for many years. If you would like to ask him a question you can leave a comment below or on the forum Nestled in the Andes, Medellin is a magnificently temperate city highlighted by a gorgeous backdrop of mountains. With... Read more »
  • Playing Blackjack in Cancun
    Meistro has been a regular contributor on the BJI forum for many years. If you would like to ask him a question you can leave a comment below or on the forum Though my first introduction to gambling was at the poker table, I began playing blackjack seriously six or... Read more »
  • Your Play is No Longer Welcome Here
    As I stated in a previous article, you can’t be kicked out of a casino in Missouri for counting cards. You can only be counter measured. However, let’s talk about what would happen if you were in a less advantage-player friendly state—the dreaded back-off. When I tell people about being... Read more »
  • 4,000 Miles in Search of an Advantage — Part One
    “What do you do for a living?” It’s a simple and direct question for most, but it’s one that I often have trouble responding to accurately. I rarely tell people that I’m a professional gambler or an advantage player. It’s easier to say that I travel for work and move... Read more »

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