Blackjack Book Reviews (Part 1)



Aldrich, Steve. Casino Blackjack: Your Best Bet. Zauberman Press, Lakewood CO; 1989. (58 pages)
– Not recommended. According to the biography, this book was written by a professional magician and sleight of hand expert from Denver, CO.

Advanced TacticsAlexander, Abram. Advanced Tactics in Casino Advantage Play. Amazon Digital Services; 2011. (119 pages)
– Recommended. Foreword by Arnold Snyder. From the advertising: In this text, Abram Alexander gives readers practical advice on tactics available to advantage players in modern casino conditions. He includes discussions of tactical approaches to card counting, shuffle tracking, and other techniques, with an emphasis on winning at a worthwhile rate across many different games. His findings, as presented in the text, have been derived not only from the wide body of advantage gambling literature, but also from over a decade of experience as a professional gambler. This book is not for beginners. It is intended for readers who are already familiar with one or more forms of advantage play.
[ AMAZON: Advanced Tactics in Casino Advantage Play ]

Allen, George. Blackjack Decision Tables. Tempe Publications; 1984. (36 pages)

Allen, J. Edward. The Basics of Blackjack. Cardoza Publications; 1984, 2002. (48 pages)
– A pocket sized beginner’s handbook reviewing the basics, including rules, strategies, card counting, money management, etc.


Andersen, Ian. Burning the Tables in Las Vegas. Huntington Press; 1999, 2002. (305 pages)
– Outstanding. Highly recommended. This was the long awaited sequel to one of the best-selling blackjack books ever written, Turning the Tables on Las Vegas. Many consider Andersen as one of the the top professional blackjack players in the world. Absolutely must reading for higher stakes players who want to extend their playing career in today’s tough games with electronic and computer surveillance.  This book is already considered a classic.  It includes powerful strategies for high-stakes players and an entertaining journey into professional blackjack play in today’s casinos.  The second edition published in 2002 included a foreword by Stanford Wong.
[ AMAZON: Burning the Tables in Las Vegas ]


Andersen, Ian. Turning the Tables on Las Vegas. Vanguard Press, New York; 1976. (205 pages)
Turning the Tables on Las VegasExcellent. Highly recommended. Contains an excellent treatment of casino comportment, the use of camouflage techniques, barring, and the use of psychological manipulation of casino personnel and dealers. This is the first book to explain tells. Ian Andersen was born Irving Louis Lobsenz in Jersey City in 1943, but according to court records, has changed his name at least twice. His current name is believed to be Rusty Kent London. He has also written two other books – The Big Night in 1979 (a novel) and Making Money in 1978.
[ 6/22/87 K. Bishop New York Times ]
[ 10/17/89 New York Times Quarterly Index 85 ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 100 ]
[ AMAZON: Turning the Tables on Las Vegas by Ian Andersen ]

Archer, John. The Archer Method of Winning at 21. Henry Regnery Co., Chicago, IL; 1973, 1978. (204 pages)
– Recommended. Also called, “The Archer Method: An Expert’s Guide to Winning at 21“. Includes the Jacques Noir (One-Two) count with Archer’s playing strategy.
[ AMAZON: The Archer Method of Winning at 21 ]

Ashley and Elizabeth and Maria. The Secret Diary of an All-Girl Blackjack Team: How to Count Your Way to Financial Freedom.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing; 2015. (?? pages)
– Review TBD.  From the advertising: “Welcome to our crazy world! We are Maria, Ashley and Elizabeth— an all-girl professional blackjack team currently beating casinos across the United States. We are three women who traded our dead-end jobs for high-roller suites and we’ve never looked back.”  One Amazon reviewer commented: “This book was a joke, ton’s of BS mistakes.”
[ AMAZON: The Secret Diary of an All-Girl Blackjack Team ]

Repeat Until RichAxelrad, Josh. Repeat Until Rich: A Professional Card Counter’s Chronicle of the Blackjack Wars.  Penguin Press HC; 2010. (272 pages)
– Recommended.  From the advertising: “A deliciously wry, edge-of-the-seat memoir of making a fortune with card counters across a wide swath of blackjack in America.” Arnold Snyder comments, “This is a beautifully written memoir…
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[ AMAZON:  Repeat Until Rich ]

Bailey, Daniel. Blackjack Freedom. CreateSpace Independent Publishing; 2010. (60 pages)
– Review TBD.  From the advertising: “Blackjack Freedom is a simplified counting and betting system that enables anyone, not just those who scored an 800 on their math SAT’s, to master card counting forever, gain a worthwhile edge over the casinos…”

Playing Blackjack to Winstar.gifBaldwin, Roger, Wilbert Cantey, Herbert Maisel and James McDermott. Playing Blackjack to Win: A New Strategy for the Game of 21. M. Barrows / Cardoza; 1957, 2008. (92, 144 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended from a historical perspective. The first published version of a basic strategy and the predecessor to Edward Thorp’s book. The original edition is definitely a collector’s item. From new edition advertising: This new edition of the rarest and most influential blackjack book in the history of the game brings together the most famous contributors in the game. Privately published in 1957 in an extremely limited quantity, this was the first book ever to print the correct winning strategies for the game of blackjack. This instant collector’s item includes a foreword by blackjack legend Edward O. Thorp, whose best-selling classic, Beat the Dealer (which relied on the original Playing Blackjack to Win), changed the public’s perception of 21 forever, plus an introduction and additional material from Arnold Snyder (Blackbelt in Blackjack, Big Book of Blackjack), along with new material from the authors.  The four authors of this book are collectively known as “The Four Horsemen of Aberdeen“.  Includes a foreword by Charles Van Doren.  See Blackjack Hall of Fame.
[ AMAZON: Playing Blackjack to Win by Roger Baldwin ]

You've Got HeatBarfarkel. You’ve Got Heat: The Vegas Card Counting Adventures of LV Pro. Research Services Unlimited; 2004. (233 pages)
– Good. Recommended. From the advertising: “Fascinating true story of a low stakes casino player who used every angle to win enough money to increase his playing bankroll five fold from $2,000 to $10,000 while simultaneously enjoying free vacations in Las Vegas. The techniques he used to gain the advantage over the casinos -card counting, casino coupons, and casino promotions – are explained in detail in the book.
[ AMAZON: You’ve Got Heat ]

Barfarkel. You’ve Got Heat (Volume II): The Vegas Card Counting Adventures of LV Pro. Research Services Unlimited; 2004. (233 pages)
– Review TBD.  Volume II encompasses the subsequent 20 trips that Barfarkel took to Las Vegas and Reno during the period of October 2003 through October 2007. Pi Yee Press sells this e-book in their catalog so it is probably pretty good.

Barker, Larry. Co-author of Legends of Blackjack.

Barrington, Sam. Ask Dr. Blackjack. AuthorHouse; 2013. (156 pages)
– Not recommended. Modified basic strategy? Progression betting? I don’t think so.

Barry, Joseph J. Blackjack Classic; 1990. (88 pages)

Bennett, Lloyd. Z-System. Subtitled “A Simplified Guide to Profitable Blackjack in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.” Z-Systems, Las Vegas, NV; 1980. (69 pages)
– Good. Recommended. Includes an approximation of basic strategy plus useful information about hotels, motels and local transportation. Of course, the latter is a little out of date by now. My copy also included two plastic basic strategy cards – one for single-deck and the other for multi-deck games.
[ 10/80 Wong Blackjack World 164 ]

Benson, Michael and Bert Randolph Sugar. Blackjack Strategy: Tips and Techniques for Beating the Odds; Lyons Press, 2004. (176 pages)
-Review TBD.  Foreword by Bert Randolph Sugar. The authors explain when to take a hit, when to stand, when to split, and when to double-down and how all these decisions, as well as how much to bet on any particular round is affected by the the card count. Includes a comprehensive list of blackjack rules, including specific casino rules and regions and surveillance techniques that houses use to weed out card counters, and a glossary of terms. IMAGE
[  AMAZON: Blackjack Strategy: Tips And Techniques For Beating The Odds ]

Berg, Alan. The Counting Game: An Accountant Reveals How to Win at Blackjack. Barricade Books; 2007. (160 pages)
– Review TBD
[ Review by Howard Schwartz ]

Bergeron, Marshall. Winning Blackjack the Point-8 Way. Vantage; 1989. (39 pages)
– Review TBD

The Ultimate EdgeBillings, Mark. The Ultimate Edge: Professional Blackjack in the 1980s. BookSurge Publishing; 2009. (434 pages)
– Review TBD. From the advertising:  … tells the little-known story of four men who became instrumental in changing the face of contemporary professional blackjack, winning the admiration of players the world over, and the disdain of casino bosses everywhere. Through traditional narrative and detailed examples, deep technical insights, and his own instinct for the game, Billings tells a compelling tale of improbable friendship, cutting-edge blackjack, and good old human obsession.
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[ AMAZON: The Ultimate Edge by mark billings ]

BJANALYST. See Blackjack KO.

Black, J. Basic Strategy Study Kit for Blackjack. (20 pages)
– Contains flash cards and designed for the novice player. Advice for single- and multi-deck games.

Black, Jack. The Card-Counting Guide to Winning Blackjack. Consumer Publications, Kings Park, New York; 1983. (70 pages)
– Contains a simplified system that uses the Hi-Opt I count values. Snyder says, “It seems like a waste.”
[ 2/84 Wong Blackjack World 30 ]
[ 3/84 Snyder Blackjack Forum 46 ]
[ 84 Joel Friedman & S. Wong Reviews C&S Vol.26,41 ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 107 ]

star.gifThe CounterBlackwood, Kevin. The Counter. Wooden Pagoda Press; 2002. (312 pages)
– Excellent. Highly Recommended. Anthony Curtis of the Las Vegas Advisor says its a “fascinating look into the unique life of a professional card counter — written by one of the world’s top players.” Stanford Wong, blackjack author and expert, says its a “well-crafted story with memorable action scenes, intriguing plot twists and character redemption… I really liked The Counter.” Doyle Brunson, two time World Series Poker Champion, says its “ABSORBING! Gambling, God, greed and girls clash in this powerful and provocative novel.” And Rob Wiser, of Casino Player Magazine, says its a “riveting insider’s tour through the world of high stakes blackjack… every page crackles with authenticity.” This book received BJRnet’s editor’s choice for best blackjack novel for many years.  SAMPLE | FAQ
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[ AMAZON: The Counter ]

star.gifBlackwood, Kevin. Play Blackjack Like the Pros. William Morrow Paperbacks; 2005. (288 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended.  Foreword by Stanford Wong.  Blackwood is a high stakes pro who has spent years in the trenches.  This book summarizes his style of play (which is aggressive and selective) and presents a realistic presentation of his accomplishments, mistakes and life as a professional player.
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[ AMAZON: Play Blackjack Like the Pros ]

Legends of Blackjackstar.gifBlackwood, Kevin and Larry Barker. Legends of Blackjack: True Stories of Players Who Crushed the Casinos . Research Services Unlimited; 2009. (138 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended. This is an e-book. Fascinating story of the MIT and Czech teams. From the advertising: This book is unlike any other blackjack book because it contains the true stories of the ingenious pioneers who unraveled the secrets to winning at blackjack, and the legendary blackjack players and teams who used this information to win millions of dollars in casinos throughout the world. 
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[ AMAZON: LEGENDS OF BLACKJACK: True Stories of Players Who Crushed the Casinos ]

star.gifBluePrintBlaine. Rick “Night Train”. Blackjack BluePrint: How to Play Like a Pro … Part-Time; 2006. (357 pages) – Excellent. Highly recommended. Think of this as everything you need to know about team play that Ken Uston never told you. Rick Blaine has been involved with blackjack teams since 1985. He has played on teams, organized teams, managed teams, and trained team players. He’s been on teams that won and teams that failed. If you are considering joining a team, or forming one, read this guide to the nuts and bolts of running a team as a successful business venture.   Anyone even considering joining a team must own Blackjack Blueprint. “This is a wonderful book, filled with a wealth of information rarely seen between the covers of a single blackjack work. Rick is unusually qualified to write so knowledgeably on so many different areas, having done it all in his extensive blackjack career.”Don Schlesinger. “One of the true road warriors, Blaine shows you how to beat the casinos at blackjack and still keep your day job.”Max Rubin.
[ AMAZON: Blackjack Blueprint: How to Play Like a Pro … Part-Time ]


How to Play Winning Blackjack by Julian BraunBraun, Julian H. How to Play Winning Blackjack. Data House Publishing, Chicago; 1980. (172 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended. An excellent book to learn and understand basic strategy. Also presents the Hi-Lo point count. Nice color strategy charts. The money management section included in this book, however, was not written by Braun but by his publisher, Harry Fund!  That section is not recommended.
[ 80 Casino & Sports Vol.10,38 ]
[ 6/80 Wong Julian Braun Answers BJW ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 94 ]
[ 83 Schlesinger Blackjack Forum 32 ]

[ March 2000 Blackjack Forum 34 ]
[ AMAZON: How to play winning blackjack ]

Brown, Bill. 190,000,000 Hands of Blackjack. Casinos Plus, Las Vegas, NV; 1989, 1990. (238 pages)
– Good. Recommended. This computer analysis in book form contains practically nothing but computer simulation statistics. Simulations include factors such as surrender, doubling down, hard hitting and standing, single- and multi-deck play, dealer expectations, splitting pairs, soft hitting and standing, insurance, dealer hitting and standing on soft 17 and special styles of play. Discusses advantages and disadvantages of double exposure.
[ 9/91 Snyder Blackjack Forum 50 ]

Brown, James R. Blackjack: Atlantic City Style. Subtitled A New Easy to Understand Guide for East Coast Gamblers. M & H Distributors, 1937 MacDade Blvd., PO BOX 5, Woodlyn, PA 19094-0005. (176 pages)
– Good. Recommended. An interesting and informative guidebook for Atlantic City players. Includes topics such as basic strategy, the rules, progressive betting systems, taking advantage of a card counter’s abilities, etc. Also includes an extensive reference section.

Buffalo, Joseph. Blackjack Strategy and Money Management; 19??. (96 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Bukofsky, John. Blackjack: Play Like the Pros. Lyle Stuart; 2006. (240 pages)
– Review TBD. Subtitled: A Complete Guide to Blackjack, including Card Counting. According to Amazon listing… “John Bukofsky is an electrical engineer and expert blackjack player who has played throughout the United States and Europe. Because of his card counting skill, he has been barred from playing in Las Vegas, harassed in Atlantic City and Connecticut, and has played alongside some of the highest rollers in the world at the casinos in Monte Carlo. John is married with two children and lives in southern New Jersey.
[ AMAZON: Blackjack: Play Like The Pros ]

Canfield, Richard A. Blackjack Your Way to Riches. Carol Publishing (Lyle Stuart), New York; 1977. (213 pages)
– Very good. Recommended. Very interesting reading, but win rates are exaggerated. Written by a former pit boss who discusses basic strategy, card counting, pit bosses, playing styles, and playing blackjack in general. Includes Canfield’s Expert Count system. Canfield’s Expert and Master systems were available through the Blackjack Monthly newsletter.
[ Braun Casino & Sports Vol.2, 47 ]
[ Wong Casino & Sports Vol.4, 48 ]
[ c78? Rouge et Noir 14 ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 98 ]
[ AMAZON: Blackjack Your Way To Riches ]

Cardoza, Avery D. Essential Blackjack Wisdom. Cardoza Publications; 2002. (140 pages)
Good. Recommended. “Do not hold your cards with two hands.” That is tip #1 in the basic playing tip section which gives you an example of the “wisdom” in this book. Includes numerous basic strategy situations and advice on playing the game. The main concern is the advertisement in the back of the book which promises an advantage in multiple-deck games with a non-counting system??

Cardoza, Avery D. Quick Guide to Winning Blackjack. Cardoza Publications; 2001. (128 pages)
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Cardoza, Avery D. Winning Casino Blackjack for the Non-Counter. Cardoza Publishing, Santa Cruz, CA; 1981, 1985, 1990, 1992, 2002. (160 pages)
– Very good. Recommended. Includes nicely laid out basic strategy charts for most single- and multiple-deck games in Nevada and Atlantic City. The only concern is the advertisement in the back of some editions of the book which promises a 0.5% – 1% advantage in multiple-deck games with a non-counting system??
[ 6/83 Snyder BJF 46 ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 107 ]
[ Fall 92 Dalton BJR 18 ]
[ AMAZON: Winning Casino Blackjack for the Non-Counter ]

Blackjack For Blood

star.gifCarlson, Bryce. Blackjack For Blood. Compustar Press, Gamestar Press; 1992, 1993, 2010 (248 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended. Subtitled “The Card-Counters’ Bible, and Complete Winning Guide.” The best part of this book is Carlson’s insight into what I call the art of twenty-one. This textbook covers the basics through advanced card counting. Includes an ace neutral two level count called the Omega II count.  The 1993 edition included a coupon for a free copy of Carlson’s Omega II Blackjack Machine software, which ran on the Apple II computer.
[ 7/10/92 Review The Card Player ]
[ 9/92 Snyder BJF ]
[ Fall 92 Dalton BJR 1.2 ]
[ Summer 93 Dalton BJR 2.3 ]
[ AMAZON: Blackjack for Blood: The Card-Counters’ Bible, and Complete Winning Guide ]

Carlson, Carl O. Bone Head Blackjack: Directions For Winning at 21. Western Printing and Publishing; 1964. (55 pages)
-Review TBD

star.gifCellini, D. V. The Card Counter’s Guide to Casino Surveillance. Huntington Press; c2008. (135 pages)
– Excellent. Highly Recommended. Sub-titled: A Snyder Professional Report.  Foreword by Steve Forte.  Preface by Arnold Snyder.  From the advertising, “… packed with inside advice on solo and team-play tactics; how to fly below the radar screen; how to confuse the agents and software; successful camouflage and counter-offensive techniques; and even sure-fire ways to get busted.”  Great stuff!
[ AMAZON: The card counter’s guide to casino surveillance ]


Chambliss, Carlson R. and Thomas C. Roginski. Fundamentals of Blackjack. Gambler’s Book Club Press, Las Vegas; 1990. (228 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended. This is one of the best traditional style books on blackjack to come out in a long time. Nice description of the rules of blackjack, the mathematics of the game and the history of card counting. Be sure, however, you get the correction sheet since there are several errors.
[6/90 Snyder Blackjack Forum 50]
[ AMAZON: Fundamentals of Blackjack ]

Chambliss, Carlson R. and Thomas C. Roginski. Playing Blackjack in Atlantic City. Gambler’s Book Club Press, Las Vegas; 1981. (281 pages)
– Very good. Recommended. A very thorough mathematical and computer analysis of the early 1980’s Atlantic City blackjack game. Written just before early surrender was discontinued. Much of their analysis is probably still applicable today. Stanford Wong, however, in his review of this book stated that some of the mathematical sections are simplistic. The assumptions made in the book simplify the mathematics but underestimate the amount of risk involved in playing blackjack.
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 101 ]
[ 8/81 Wong Blackjack World Vol.3,137 ]
[ 9/81 Snyder Blackjack Forum 25 ]

Channels, Bill. (aka William R. Channels) The (Darn Near) Complete Book of Winning at Blackjack. CreateSpace Independent Publishing.; 2012. (234 pages)
– Very good. Highly recommended.  Bill Channels is the GameMaster and author of the Blackjack School curriculum on the Blackjack Review Network, BJ21 and BlackjackInfo web sites. From the advertising: Card counting made easy: Showing not only what you need to know, but how to learn it. You cannot expect to win at Blackjack by just reading a book. If it were that easy, there would be no Blackjack games available in the casinos. However, you can win by developing the skills needed to give you a long-term edge at the game and this book will show you how to do that. The lessons in this book will take you step-by-step through the process of learning how to play each hand properly, how to count cards, how much to bet and other techniques we use to extract money from the casinos. The course is long, but this is not something you have to learn overnight. Take your time, do what I say and you’ll soon be on your way to playing a winning game of Blackjack. Winning at Blackjack is a lot more fun than losing, even if you’re just a “recreational” player. What you can learn from this book are skills you’ll be able to use for the rest of your life. Opportunities to play good Blackjack games are expanding rapidly in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Through my Website and in private lessons, I’ve taught hundreds, if not thousands of people how to win at Blackjack over the past 20+ years. This book is the next-best thing to having me sit with you at the table. 
[ AMAZON: The (Darn Near) Complete Book of Winning at Blackjack ]

Charlton, Robert M. Better Blackjack. Charlton High Tech.; 1986. (36 pages)
– Good. Recommended. Subtitled “An informative book every visitor to a casino should read!”  Yes, although short, Charlton’s booklet provides good advice on basic strategy and playing this game in a casino.  Includes a basic strategy card and a good bibliography and recommended reading.

Chin, Kenneth S. Y. Understanding and Winning Casino Blackjack. Vantage Press, New York; 1980. (133 pages)
– Not recommended. This is a mathematical essay on the game.
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 107 ]

Cohen, R. Carl. Beating the Blackjack Slot Machines. Self published, Philadelphia, PA; 1984?, 1988. (32 pages)
– Strategies for IGT, Meyco and Summit blackjack machines. Cohen offers advice on strategy, reviews the rules, payoffs and presents tips for more effective play. Material is currently out-of-date.
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Collver, Donald I. Scientific Blackjack & Complete Casino Guide. Arco Publishing, New York; 1966, 1977. (159 pages)
– Not recommended. Contains a 3-register counting system.

Connelly, Jerry. See book entry under Ristvedt, Larry. The North Dakota Blackjack Book.
– Review TBD

Cooper, Carl. See book entry under Lance Humble. The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book.

Christ, Raymond J. Winning Blackjack: The Easy No-Count System. c1999?
– Not recommended. Includes progression betting advice including the win progression, the loss progression and the double progression system. [ IMAGE ]

Cunningham, Hugh. See book entry under Wilhite, Dave. Playing 21 For More Pleasure.

Dahl, Donald. Progression Blackjack: Exposing the Card Counting Myth and Getting an Edge in “21”. Citadel; 2000. (155 pages)
– Not recommended.  The title says it all.

Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One

Dalton, Michael. Blackjack: A Professional Reference. Subtitled, The Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One. (BJAPR) Spur of the Moment Publishing, Merritt Island, FL; 1990-1993. (201 pages) Since 1999 online (+1000 pages)
– In 1993, this book was the most comprehensive and complete reference to the game of twenty-one ever written. Over 1300 entries included reference listings of books, magazines, publications, articles, reports, videos, software and other products available for serious players of the game. Also included was the most complete blackjack dictionary ever compiled explaining blackjack terminology, system and strategy descriptions, rules, and miscellaneous blackjack trivia. Basic strategy charts were included that covered most blackjack games in the world. Fully cross-referenced with recommendations.

In 1999, this book became a living document on the Blackjack Review Network web site under the name The Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One.  In 2017, the book was renamed The Encyclopedia of Blackjack.  It is the book your are now reading 🙂
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[ 6/92, 3/91 Snyder BJF ]
[ 4/91 Olsen First BJ Player in Outer Space BJC 1 ]
[ 4/6/91 Schwartz Sports Form Newspaper 6 ]
[ 9/92 Olsen Review BJC 40 ]
[ Sum 92, Win 93 Dalton BJR ]
[ Fall 93 Dalton 3rd Edition Announcement BJR ]
[ AMAZON: Blackjack A Professional Reference by Michael Dalton ]

Dana, John. 21 Blackjack: How to Win the Las Vegas Way. Coast Pub. Co., Las Vegas; 1970. (64 pages)
– Review TBD

Dayton, ? and Arnold Snyder. Advanced Blackjack. c1980s
– Review TBD
[82,83 Blackjack Forum]

DeSalso, A. Frank. Six Simple Winning Blackjack Secrets of the Pros the Casinos Hope You Don’t Know. CCVI; 1979. (45 pages)
– Review TBD.

de Sosa, Jesus. Discoveries in Black Jack: Strategies and Mathematics. iUniverse; 2006 (94 pages)
– Review TBD. From the advertising: This book is about computer simulation, experiments, and theoretical approaches to unify various strategies in black jack.  Advice to author: ‘blackjack’ is one word 🙂

DiBenedetto, Ron. Precision Blackjack: A Complete Advanced Blackjack Methodology. A non-counting blackjack method that stresses money management, table selection, card play, betting , table departure and discipline.
– Not recommended.

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Donatelli, Dante A. Blackjack – Total Profit Strategy. Mar Lee Enterprises, Greenburg, PA; 1979.
– Not recommended.

Douglas, Lee Jr. Winning Blackjack Made Easy. Poverty Hill Press, Reno, NV; 1982. (52 pages)
– Very good. Recommended. A basic introduction to blackjack including history and how to play your hand. Basic strategy, money management, card counting and a strategy for European play.
[ 82 Casino & Sports Vol.20, 55 ]
[ AMAZON: Winning Blackjack Made Easy ]

The Color of BlackjackDravot, Daniel. The Color of Blackjack. CreateSpace Independent Publishing; 2008. (78 pages)
– Recommended.  George C, author of several excellent card counting reports, gives this a good review: “This book is an enticing and simplified methodology that squeezes every last drop from the KO count. A beginner shouldn’t have any problems taking the original KO count and by using the color coded “cool, hot and warm” concepts shown by Daniel to optimize their play. You’ll be playing professionally just after reading and applying the concepts that Daniel shows in the first four chapters of the book.”  Ken Smith also comments, “What is the easiest and most powerful card counting system? TKO as taught in “The Color of Blackjack”. A bold statement that I was happy to confirm. I think it yields value to anyone considering KO…”
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[ AMAZON: The Color of Blackjack : A revolutionary method to learn card counting ]

Dubey, Leon B. Jr. No Need to Count: A Practical Approach to Casino Blackjack. A. S. Barnes and Co., San Diego; 1980. (208 pages)
– Not recommended. A well-written text but contains inaccurate information. Written by a former site supervisor of a team of consultants to IBM working on systems for the Space Shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
[ Review: ] [ 6/83 Snyder Blackjack Forum 45 ]
[ 86 Gwynn El Cheapo Systems BJF 17 ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 107 ]

Dunki-Jacobs, Frits. Betting on Blackjack: A Non-Counter’s Breakthrough Guide to Making Profits at the Tables. Adams Media; 2004. (224 pages)
– Not recommended.

Early, Edward. The Ultimate Blackjack Book. Barricade Books, New York, NY; 1995. (149 pages)
– Good. Recommended. Hardly the ultimate book of any kind but worth a read none-the-less. Includes sections on side bets such as Super Sevens and Over/Under and blackjack variations such as Multi-Action. According to the cover, Edward Early is a Professor of Engineering and a computer expert and resides in Connecticut.

Play to WinEiniger, Ken. Play to Win. Huntington Press / Amazon Digital Services; 2013. (144 pages)
– Good. Recommended. Max Rubin calls this “The best book ever about the realities of tournament blackjack.” From the advertising: “Despite the highly publicized rise of poker, blackjack remains the most popular casino table game and tournaments are a fun way to enjoy the game. Written by a proven blackjack-tournament champion, this book covers a wealth of tournament subjects and strategies in an accessible style that’s particularly of interest to the novice player.
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[ AMAZON: Play to Win by Ken Einiger ]

Einstein, Charles. Basic Blackjack Betting. Gambler’s Book Club Press, Las Vegas; 1981. (144 pages)
– Good. Recommended. For all you streak betting fans this book includes some interesting streak theory and money management ideas. Although not recommended as a system in and of itself card counters may find useful camouflage betting ideas in this book.
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 101 ]

Einstein, Charles. How to Win at Blackjack. Cornerstone Library, 1968. Casino Press, New York; 1971, 1975. (166 pages)
– Good. Recommended. The original publication describing the count that was later optimized as the Hi-Opt I.

Elder, Greg. Blackjack Card Counting: How to be a Professional Gambler. CreateSpace Independent Publishing / Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (46 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Evans, Bryan. Winning at Blackjack: How to Successfully Beat the Casinos at Their Own Game. Shire Publications; 1985. (187 pages)
– Recommendation TBD. Subtitled: A complete course in card counting with blackjack diary and tablecloth. For the beginning player. Rules of the game, basic strategy, the Hi-Lo count, casino comportment, etc..
[ 84 Snyder BJF ]
[ 84 Friedman Casino & Sports Vol.27,38 ]
[ 6/86 Snyder BJF 50 ]
[ AMAZON: Winning at Blackjack ] Blackjack: The Basic Strategy Book. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2014. (284 pages)
– Review TBD. Subtitled: 1001 Problems and Drills, Explained Hand by HandFrom the advertising: … will visually teach you how to correctly play every possible blackjack hand by using the proven methods of basic strategy. There are over 1001 basic strategy drills to test your knowledge. Every drill and question in this book is presented visually to help you memorize the basic strategy rules. It is organized into specific sections for hard hands, soft hands, and pairs. In just a short time you will be a master of basic strategy, and will be able to decide what every player at the table should do for every hand dealt.  In addition to clearly stating the rules of basic strategy, this book presents practice drills and exercises which will reinforce your learning. The visual exercises will feel like you are sitting at the blackjack table with the dealer, looking at real cards, and playing real blackjack.

[ AMAZON: Blackjack: The Basic Strategy Book – 1001 Problems and Drills ]

Ford, Roger L. Advantage Blackjack. Silverthorne Publications, Grand Central Station, New York; 1999. (160 pages)
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Forte, Steve. Read the Dealer. Self published; 1986.
– Outstanding. Highly recommended. This book teaches players how to determine the dealer’s hole card by reading “tells” or using dealer body language. I almost wish Forte didn’t publish this book since after its publication most casinos discontinued the practice of dealers peeking under tens to check for naturals. Still, this book should be mandatory reading for all serious players because it gives insight into the game not available elsewhere.
[ 86 BJF ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 96 ]
[ AMAZON: Read the dealer ]

Frank, Scott. Blackjack For Winners. Subtitled: The CORE System That Beats the Dealer. Barricade Books, Inc., Fort Lee, New Jersey; 1993. (136 pages)
– Not recommended. A system to beat non-random shoe games is presented where the player only counts the 5s, 6s, 7s and 8s – otherwise known as the “core”.
[ 9/93 Snyder BJF 98 ]

Frawley, R.W. Blackjack: How to Play and Win Like an Expert. Sunnyside; 1985. (32 pages)
– Review TBD. Introduction to the game. Discusses psychological attitudes and blackjack etiquette.

Freeland, M. Mitch. How to Count Cards at Blackjack. Gamblers Express Publishing / Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (70 or 133 pages ???)
– Review TBD. Subtitled:
Learn the Easiest Optimum Card Counting and Camouflage Strategies to Produce Greater Profits: Beginning and Advanced Blackjack Strategies.
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Freeland, M. Mitch. How to Play Blackjack For Beginners and Win. Las Vegas Book Company / Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (74 or 134 pages ???)
– Review TBD. Subtitled: Learn Basic and Advanced Strategies for Optimum Winning Play.
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Fuch, Ken. See book entry under Olaf Vancura,  Knock-Out Blackjack..

Fuerle, Gerard A. See book entry under Uston, Ken. Dollars and Sense….

Furst, Glenn. The Fabulous Las Vegas System for Winning at “21” – Blackjack; 1975.
– Not recommended.

Gaffney, Thomas. Winning Blackjack in Atlantic City and Around the World. Carol Publishing Group, New York; 1990. (105 pages)
– Good. Recommended for beginners and novice players interested in the Atlantic City games. Good history of Atlantic City gaming and blackjack. Sections on blackjack in Nevada, the Caribbean, Europe, and elsewhere are poor.

Gasso, A.R. Blackjack: Money Management & Basic Playing Strategy. ????; c199?. (?? pages)

Gerard, Kevin. How to Play Blackjack. Independently Published; 2018. (51 pages)
– Review TBD. Subtitled: Best Beginner’s Guide to Learning the Basics of the Blackjack Game! Rules, Odds, Winner Strategies and a Whole Lot More…
[ AMAZON: How to Play Blackjack ]

Goldberg, Allen and the editorial staff of Delshar Industries, Inc. Winning at Blackjack Without Gambling. Delshar, Costa Mesa, CA; c1976. (32 pages)

Gollehon, John. All About Blackjack. Putnam Publishing Group; c1985, 1987. (64 pages)
– Beginner’s pocket-sized guide to the game of blackjack. Comparison of playing conditions in Atlantic City vs. Nevada. Includes a simplified count-strategy.

Graham, Virginia. See book entry under Tulcia, C. Ionescu. A Book on Casino Blackjack.


PICGriffin, Peter A. The Theory of Blackjack: The Compleat Card Counter’s Guide to the Casino Game of 21. (TB) Huntington Press, Las Vegas; 1979, 1981, 1986, 1988. (254 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended. This book is considered the bible on the mathematics of blackjack. A well-written text filled with the author’s wit and humor but it will probably be rough going for most readers. To follow it, the reader must have an understanding of higher mathematics. Peter Griffin is to be highly commended for this masterful contribution that has aided in our better understanding of the game. Peter Griffin died from cancer at the age of 61 on Oct. 18, 1998
[ 1/80 Wong Wong’s BJ Newsletter 4 ]
[ 3/81,12/81,3/86,6/88 Snyder BJF ]
[ c81? Rouge et Noir 5 ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 102 ]
[ AMAZON: The Theory of Blackjack ]

Beyond CountingGrosjean, James.  See books under the Books With Blackjack Sections.

Grosso, R. J. Card Counting Paranoia. Self Published; 1993. (41 pages)
– Not recommended.  Appears to be written for the casino industry. 
[ 101 BJF Dec 94 ]

Gummer, Richard Earl. The Blackjack Player’s Ten Commandments. American Music Teachers Services, Fresno, CA; 1976. (53 pages)
-Review TBD

Hagen, Tom and Sonia Weiss. The Everything Blackjack Strategy Book. F+W Publications / Simon and Schuster; 2005. (304 pages)
– Review TBD.  Subtitled “Surefire ways to beat the house every time“.  Advertised as a book for the beginning blackjack player.
[ AMAZON: The Everything Blackjack Strategy Book ]

Haight, Larry D. Haight on Casino Blackjack: The Art of Investment. Amazon Digital Services; 2017. (272 pages)
– Not recommended. According to advertising, “This book does not promote or endorse gambling. It shows Investment accounting strategies specific to casino Blackjack. The reader learns to develop a casino Blackjack business with investment grade cash flow.” A very strange book.  A lot of rants from the author who does not believe card counting works anymore.  Haight writes, “For someone studying card counting to conquer the game of Blackjack, the best advice is, ‘It isn’t going to work.‘”  Modified basic strategies, different betting systems and algorithms, stop losses… need I say more.

Harvey, Richard. Blackjack The Smart Way. Mystic Ridge Books; 1999, 2002. (288 pages)
-Not recommended.. Often offered with the audio tape entitled “Preparing You to Win”. Advertising advertises a “amazing 88.24%” win rate.  One Amazon reviewer commented, “Voodoo nonsense“.  I agree!
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Harvey, Richard. Cutting Edge Blackjack. Mystic Ridge Books; 2000. (368 pages)
-Not recommended.  See above.
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Harvey, Richard. New Ways to Win More at Blackjack. Mystic Ridge Books; ????. (192 pages)
-Not recommended. See above.
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Hobe, Stuart. Blackjack Is a Game Not a Gamble. Technics Publ.; 1985. (56 pages)
-Review TBD.

Holloway, Lou. See book entry under New Fortune Series. Winning at Blackjack.

Hornik , Joshua. Mensa Guide to Blackjack. Sterling Publishing Company; 2005. (128 pages)
– Not Recommended. Some well written parts and a concise introduction to basic strategy, card counting and the more advanced techniques and strategies of the game. However, the basic strategy charts and discussion have some serious errors in it such as recommendations to hit a hard 17 against a dealer upcard of 7,8,9,10 if the dealer hits soft 17. According to the bio on the back of the book, “Joshua Hornick is a former professional solo and team blackjack player. An MIT graduate, he was a member of the MIT Blackjack Team, playing and training with all the key people depicted in the best-selling book Bringing Down the House.”

Houghton, John G. The “Perfect” System to Winning Blackjack. Houghton Publishing, Stateline, NV; c1991.
– Basics of the game, basic strategy, card counting and a betting and money management strategy. Houghton is a former casino 21 dealer.
[ 10/1981 Review The Card Player ]

Hubby, Bob. Blackjack Tracker. Self Published; 2000. (206 pages)
– Review TBD. .

Hughes, Thomas F. Dealing Casino Blackjack. Gambler’s Book Club Press, Las Vegas; 1982. (78 pages)
– Short introduction to dealing casino blackjack. Formerly titled Dealing 21 (c1978)?.

Humble, Lance (a.k.a. Igor Kusyszyn) and Julian Braun. Blackjack Gold: A New Approach to Winning at 21. International Gaming, Toronto; 1976. (121 pages) Retitled Blackjack Super/Gold. B&G Publishing, Las Vegas; 1979. (143 pages)
– Good. Recommended. For the beginner and experienced player. Concentrates on basic strategy, money management, how to avoid being barred, advantages and disadvantages of head-on play, and gambling outside the United States. Casino cheating seems to be exaggerated. Most, if not all, of the important material can be found in Humble’s World’s Greatest Blackjack Book.
[ 80 Casino & Sports Vol.10,63 ]


World's Greatest Blackjack BookHumble, Lance and Carl Cooper. The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book. (WGBJB) Doubleday & Company (Bantam), New York; 1980, 1987. (405 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended. This may not be the greatest book ever written but it still is one of my favorites. Covers basic strategy up to the excellent Hi-Opt I card counting system.
[ 3/81, 9/87 Snyder BJF ]
[ 80 Cooper The Making of T.W.G.B.B. C&S Vol.11,42 ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 98 ]
[ AMAZON: The World Greatest Blackjack Book ]

Hurn, John. Better Blackjack. Carlton; 1986. (80 pages)
– Review TBD

Interactive Games. Blackjack Card Counting – Learn How to Count Cards – Interactive Games Quiz Book. CreateSpace Independent Publishing.; 2012. (110 pages)
-Review TBD.

Ita, Koko. 21 Counting Methods to Beat 21. Gambler’s Book Club Press, Las Vegas; 1976. (65 pages)
– Alternate title: 21 Green Fountain Gambling Strategies.
[ AMAZON: 21 Counting Methods to Beat 21 Green Fountain Gambling Strategies ]

PICstar.gif Jacobson, Eliot. The Blackjack Zone: How to Win at Blackjack and Life. ??, Las Vegas; 2004. (190 pages)
– Very good. Recommended. This book is for the player who wants to know what works, what doesn’t and why. In a casual, humorous, and easy-to-read manner, Jacobson takes you through basic strategy, the skills necessary to survive as a hobbyist, and then on to card counting and advantage play. The Blackjack Zone explains * What basic strategy is and how to use it, * How to become an advantage player, * How to choose the right game, dealer, and casino, * How to separate myths about blackjack from the realities of the game, and * How to think like a winner and much more. The author holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona. See Advanced Advantage Play.
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[ AMAZON: The Blackjack Zone: Lessons in Winning at Blackjack and Life ]

Javari, Yusuf. See book entry under Titchkosky, Ken. Better Blackjack for Business or Pleasure.

Jennings, Ken. Why You Can Win Money at Blackjack. P-Press, 131 NW 4th Street, #196, Corvallis, OR 97330; 1987. (210 pages)
-Review TBD

Jensen, Marten. Beat Multiple Deck Blackjack. Cardoza Publications; 2003. (144 pages)
– Review TBD

Johnson, Ron. True Blackjack: Winning Without Being Detected. CreateSpace Independent Publishing; 2015. (232 pages)
-Review TBD
[ AMAZON: True Blackjack by Ron Johnson ]

Johnston, Dean A. and Robert J. Johnston. Millionaire Blackjack. Ovation Publ.; 1982. (104 pages)
– Explains basic strategy and includes a count similar to the Green Fountain Count.
[ 88 Watson Beating Casino’s Blackjack 106 ]
[ 82 Griffin Casino & Sports Vol.18,43 ]
[ 5/82 Wong Nevada Blackjack Vol.4,83 ]

The 21st Century Card Counterstar.gifJones, Colin. The 21st Century Card Counter. Huntington Press; Sept 2019. (287 pages) Subtitled The Pros’ Approach to Beating Today’s Blackjack.
– Excellent. Highly recommended.  How to beat the game in the 21st century! If you have ever wondered what it takes to become a professional blackjack player this is the book for you.  The bottom line is that whether you are a professional or amateur card counter the skills to beat the game are the same. Are you a gambler or an investor?  Answering that question will determine your future success in this game.  This is Colin Jones story!  An exciting story of someone who resolved to never gamble!   Includes stories by several Blackjack Apprenticeship members.  Foreword by Tommy Hyland.
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[ AMAZON:  21st Century Card Counter ]

Joseph, Mike. Basic Strategy For Beginners; 1988. (18 pages)
– Not recommended. A beginner’s booklet on blackjack and blackjack terminology. A good idea but a wasted effort due to serious errors throughout the text.

Julian, John F. Julian’s No-Nonsense Guide to Winning Blackjack. Paone Press, Lynbrook, NY; 1992. (121 pages)
– Good. Recommended. If you ignore chapter 7, which includes some silly progressive betting advice, this book provides solid advice for the beginning player. Includes sections on basic strategy, card counting, double exposure, multiple action and bankroll requirements. Presents what the author calls the Scan Techniques for single-deck, which I would consider as valid and useful.
[ Win 93 Dalton BJR  14 ]

Kalinevitch, David N. Blackjack Made Easy: A Workbook with over 3000 practice hands. Instructional Training Media; 1978. (96 pages)
– Review TBD.  I believe the Kalinevitch 10 Count is described in this book.

Karayanis, Catherine. Winning Secrets of Online Blackjack. Course Technology; 2012. (325 pages)
– Review TBD. From the advertising: … the book provides coverage of blackjack basics, concepts and strategy, blackjack etiquette, myths and common mistakes, and numerous tips and tricks to help get readers started playing online blackjack. 

Karl, Peter. You Can’t Win… Unless: An Investigative Look at the Game of Blackjack. Telemachus Press / Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (104 pages)
– Review TBD.

Khoo, Jack. Blackjack Notebook. Independently Published; 2019. (103 pages)
– This is NOT a book on blackjack.  It is (like the title says) a blackjack notebook sized 6 x 9 inches in soft cover.   Includes 100 pages of college ruled paper with a black and white generic basic strategy in the front of the notebook.   I kind of wish I thought of this 🙂
[ AMAZON: Blackjack Notebook ]

Kizzire, Jimmy. No Card Counting Blackjack for Winners. (In cooperation with Robert B. Elliot). Self published, Las Vegas; 1987. (87 pages)
– Not recommended. A betting progression strategy with an incorrect basic strategy. For $100 more you can send away for their “advanced” system!

Korfman, Tony. Blackjack: Playing to Win. Gaming Books Intl.; 1985. (56 pages)
– Beginner’s book written by a casino executive with a sense of humor.

Knowles, I. Learn How to be a Dealer: Blackjack.
– I have yet to see this manual but it is available from The Gambler catalog of the World Wide Casino Exchange, Las Vegas (see section 3.12). Catalog states that the author is a Las Vegas casino executive with over 40 years of experience and has operated his own dealer’s school. This manual is supposedly the same “Professional Dealing Manual” that was used at The Las Vegas Dealing School teaching casino procedures of how to be a professional dealer.

Kusyszyn, Igor. See book entries under Humble, Lance.

Lamparello, Christopher. An Amazing Guide to Winning Every Time You Play Blackjack. City Books Publishing Company; 2000. (145 pages)
– Not recommended. Includes a non-counting method.

LeBlanc, Roger. Blackjack Secrets: How I Play the Odds to Win. CreateSpace Independent Publishing / Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (124 pages)
– Review TBD.

Levy, Arnold Bruce. Hit and Run: How to Beat Blackjack As a Way of Life. Barricade Books; 2000. (??? pages)
– Review TBD. Expected publication date was October 2000.

Lindemann, Marvin G. Breakthrough in Blackjack. Subtitled “Including Common Sense and Horse Sense at the Races“. Vantage Books, New York; 1973. (74+20 pages)
– Includes an approximately correct basic strategy and a valid simple counting method. The extent of Mr. Lindemann’s analysis is hand dealing himself thousands of hands and recording the results.

Modern Card CountingLinsenmeyer, Patrick. Modern Card Counting: Blackjack. Williams Intl Publishing; 2015. (144 pages)
– Good. Recommended with reservations.  From the 2nd edition advertising: Modern Card Counting is the perfect book for serious players looking to beat the house. I’ve taught blackjack card counting to high school drop-out’s and PHD’s and I can teach it to you. Beat the house at their own game. Find out how to make $1 Million with no statistical risk. Modern Card Counting includes absolutely everything you need to know… and more.  Hmmm, no statistical risk????  A discussion of basic strategy to card counting.  Introduces the Red Zen count and even has a short treatment on shuffle tracking and ace sequencing.  A little bit too much hype though.  See same book title from Cris Statz.
[ AMAZON: Modern Card Counting: Blackjack by Patrick Linsenmeyer ]

Loomis, Lynne. See book entry under Malmuth, Mason. Fundamentals of 21.

Lucas, John. Real World Blackjack: How to Win at Blackjack Without Counting Cards. Xlibris, Corp, 2012. (58 pages)
– Not recommended.  Written by a blackjack dealer who “reveals” his secrets to beating the game.  Basic strategy, betting strategies, money management… all are revealed in just 58 pages.
[ AMAZON: Real World Blackjack: How to Win at Blackjack Without Counting Cards ]

Lynam, Gerald J. The Best Blackjack Book Ever!!: No Ands, Ifs or Yeahbuts About It: A Treatise. Evergreen Media; 2010. (??? pages)
– Review TBD.  From the advertising: “… aptly named. There are no others which even approach it. This Book strikes at the heart of truly knowing the Game of Blackjack and WINNING at the Game. This is the Major Leagues. You will Quickly! Quickly! become a Blackjack Card Counter and you will be entertained while learning. A Nice Combination! The Author, an Advanced (+) Blackjack Card Counter, gives the Casual Player very simple specific instructions which result in that Player achieving a high percentage of the Win of a prolific Advanced Card Counter (and without the pain). Very importantly, you will also learn to avoid the Pitfalls of the Game, including avoiding the most grossly inaccurate advice offered by ‘experts.’ Gerald Lynam holds BS and MBA Degrees from Nice Places and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive). He is a former Officer in the United States Marine Corps, was a Senior Corporate Officer (Operations) for an S&P500 Company and is a Member of various High IQ Societies. He lives in Arizona. Two (2) Blackjack Basic Strategy Cards included with every Book ordered.”  Wow, I can’t wait to get this book. Anybody want to send me a copy? 🙂

star.gif Malmuth, Mason. Blackjack Essays. Self published; 1987, 1988. (239 pages)
– Very good. Recommended. A lot of new ideas and concepts here. Must reading for the player wishing to stay on top of new developments in blackjack. Discusses card domination, blackjack biases, cheating tipoffs, money management, head-up play, front loading, first basing, myths and realities, etc.
[ 9/87,6/88 Snyder BJF ]

Malmuth, Mason and Lynne Loomis. Fundamentals of “21. Two Plus Two Publishing, Las Vegas, NV; 1993. (66 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended. This is the perfect book for beginners and novice players. Mason and Lynne have also published three other books in this series: Fundamentals of Poker, Fundamentals of Craps, and Fundamentals of Video Poker – all are highly recommended.
[ AMAZON: Fundamentals of “21” ]

Mandel, Alan. The S.E.X. Blackjack System. Bronx Books; 1987. (224 pages)
– Not recommended. S.E.X. stands for Select (as in selecting a table), Enter (as in entering a game), and eXit (as in exiting the game).  Come on guys and gals!  Does sex really sell in the title of a blackjack book? Click below and buy this book on Amazon and I will get about 25 cents commission to support the encyclopedia you are reading.
[ AMAZON: The S.E.X. Blackjack System ]

Mannarino, Gregory. Gregorian Strategy for Multiple Deck Blackjack. Lyle Stuart; 2003. (224 pages)
– Review TBD

Mannuzza, Sal. Understanding Blackjack. Self published; 1986. (100? pages)
– Written by Salvatore Mannuzza, a psychologist from the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Interesting historical reading. Includes the DSM-III revised criteria for the diagnosis of pathological gambling.

star.gifCheating at BlackjackMarks, Dustin D. Cheating at Blackjack: Inside the Mindset and Methods of the Game’s Most Successful Cheaters. Huntington Press; 2016. (256 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended.  From the advertising: It may be shocking and it’s certainly dangerous. Nevertheless, this unique book represents the definitive resource on how professional con men cheat at blackjack and other card games. The author, a former high-stakes cheater, explains an amazing array of specific moves with clear understandable text and detailed illustrations. Covers switching cards in play, stacking the deck, adding to the bet after seeing the cards, stealing chips, mucking, tells, counting tips, how to use disguises, and the use of computers, hacking techniques, and sophisticated electronic devices to get the money. Cheating at Blackjack provides a view inside the dark hidden world of casino cheating, where the stakes are high, and not just in terms of the money to be won. This new edition combines the best of the author’s two books on the subject, updated to reflect today’s conditions. This book is recommended.  Cheating is not!
[ AMAZON: Cheating at Blackjack ]

star.gifCheating at Blackjack SquaredMarks, Dustin D. Cheating at Blackjack Squared: The Dark Side of Gambling. Index Pub Group; 1995. (202 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended.  One of the definitive resources on how professional con men cheat at Blackjack and other card games. A modern day classic text on cheating and card manipulation in blackjack. This book is recommended. Cheating is not!
[ Winter 96 BJR 5.1 ]
[ AMAZON: Cheating at Blackjack Squared: The Dark Side of Gambling ]

star.gifCheating at BlackjackMarks, Dustin D. Cheating at Blackjack (and Advantage Play). Index Pub Group; 1994. (230 pages)
– Excellent. Highly recommended.  An exceptional although controversial treatise on the shadier side of casino twenty-one. A must read for even the most honest of players. This book is recommended. Cheating is not!
[ Fall 94 BJR 3.4 ]
[ AMAZON: Cheating at Blackjack & Other Casino Games ]

Martin, Paul and Darkstar. DarkStar Blackjack: The Ultimate Blackjack System To Riches. CreateSpace Independent Publishing; 2015. (176 pages)
– Review TBD.  From the advertising: Blackjack is beatable! When I tell people that I play Blackjack and count-cards they either think it is almost impossible or that it is incredibly easy. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in between. Card-counting itself is very easy. Knowing what to do with the information is more difficult. Turning all of that into a profitable venture is even harder. This book will give you all of the information you need to do all three. It will also help you be a better recreational player if that’s as far as you want to take it.

  [ AMAZON: DarkStar Blackjack ]

Mathews, Harry M. The Quick Learn Method For Winning at Multiple-deck Blackjack. Self published; 1992. (116 pages + flash cards)
– Review TBD

Get the Edge at BlackjackMay, John and Frank Scoblete Get The Edge At Blackjack. Bonus Books; 2000. (160 pages)
– Good. Recommended. You will find some great camouflage ideas in this book as well of a slew of advanced ideas and concepts.
[ AMAZON: Get the Edge at Blackjack by John May ]

McDonald, Douglas. Blackjack. Reno Tahoe Specialty; 1989. (?? pages)
-Review TBD

Blackjack Ace Prediction

McDowell, David. Blackjack Ace Prediction: The Art of Advanced Location Strategies for the Casino Game of Twenty-One!. Spur of the Moment Publishing; 2004. (160 pages)
– Good. Recommended with reservations. This is McDowell’s attempt to cover the art of Blackjack Sequencing, a dark art that very few gambling professionals truly understand, let alone have mastered. The basic method involves memorizing a string of cards hoping that their order will be partially maintained by the shuffle. Under optimal conditions, this can give you an advantage a card counter could only dream of. The method is both completely legal and very difficult to detect. This technique, also known as Ace Prediction, Ace Tracking, Sequence Tracking or Key Carding remained the closely guarded secret of a handful of high-stakes professional blackjack players for more than 20 years. Ace prediction can be extremely profitable given the right conditions.  Sequence trackers will find in this book the author’s own formula for identifying the profitable games. The author begins the book by studying all known published references on the subject. Chapter 2 examines aspects of non-random shuffling. Chapter 3 is the author’s own analysis of non-random shuffling using a statistical procedure provided by Ed Thorp. Chapter 4 tells how to identify and exploit weaknesses in casino shuffles. Chapter 5 offers practical advice on locating Aces in shuffled decks. Chapter 6 explains how to predict Aces during the game. Chapter 7 deals with the calculation of mathematical expectation using simple formulas. Chapter 8 gives advice on bet sizing, probability of ruin, return and risk. Finally, the tables at the end of the book may be useful for making your own analyses of shuffles. Intermixed in the author’s exhaustive presentation are some exciting and fun stories from the pits. This book was the center of some serious controversy within the AP blackjack community when it was first published. Be sure to get the book’s errata sheet and read Arnold Snyder’s review / critique.
See The Poolside Report.
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[ AMAZON: Blackjack Ace Prediction: The Art Of Advanced Location Strategies For The Casino Game Of Twenty-one ]

McGarvey, Rob. Aces & Faces Blackjack. Enterprises Unlimited; 2001. (?? pages)
– Review TBD.
[ AMAZON: Aces and Faces Blackjack by Rob McGarvey ]

Mead, Stephen. Beginner to Pro. Mead Publishing Co.; 2002. (176 pages)
– Review TBD.

Mead, Stephen. You Can Win! : Blackjack Made Easy. Dorrance Pub. Co.; 1999. (52 pages)
– Review TBD. Appears to be written by a casino employee. Stresses the memorization of rules, money management, casino etiquette.

star.gif Meadow, Barry. Blackjack Autumn: A True Tale of Life, Death and Splitting Tens in Winnemucca. TR Publishing; 1999. (255 pages) – Excellent.  Highly recommended. From the advertising: “When Barry Meadow decided to take two months off from his life to play blackjack in every Nevada  casino,  he had no idea what he would find. Leaving behind his business, his fiancee, and his son, he set out on the road with a suitcase, a tape recorder, and $8000 on the journey of a lifetime. Every day would be an adventure. With no guarantees of anything except a long time away, a long way from home.  He ran into  cowboys and Indians, suffered the Stardust curse, and learned more about the real world of gambling than anybody should have to know.”  A great fun read!  Arnold Snyder comments, “Get this book! It’s all true.”
[ Sum 99 Blackjack Forum 111 ]
[ AMAZON: Blackjack Autumn ]

The High-Tech Gamblerstar.gifMeloche, Renee Taft and Tom Meloche. The High-Tech Gambler: The True Story of Keith Taft & His Astonishing Machines. Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (157 pages)
– Excellent. Highly Recommended. Fascinating story of one of the pioneers of blackjack advantage play using a concealed computer. From the advertising: “In 1972, Keith Taft’s toes secretly tapped, sending messages to a 15-pound computer strapped around his waist. Tiny red, green and yellow lights flashed on and off in the frame of a pair of eyeglasses signaling how to play his hand at blackjack. By 1977–the 15-pound monster was a calculator-sized computer with a tiny keyboard attached to his thigh. In 1983 a mini-video camera inside his belt buckle could glimpse the dealer’s hole card. Thor appeared next, a godlike program able to accurately predict where the cards were after a shuffle. These are just a few of the inventions of Keith and Marty Taft, fully described for the first time in this book.” See Keith Taft.
[ AMAZON: The High-Tech Gambler: The True Story of Keith Taft & His Astonishing Machines ]

Blackjack KOMembrino, Conrad. Blackjack KO with Table of Critical running Counts. XLIBRIS; 2016 (144 pages)
– Recommended.  From the advertising: Unbalanced counts in blackjack card counting system have been known for years, but author Conrad Membrino thinks that there was no easy and quick way to convert it to a true count. He created a table of critical running counts where a true count can quickly be referenced by just referring to the running count and estimating decks played with no division or calculations necessary.
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Mennec, C. Joseph. Casino Blackjack Oddservations “21” More or Less. Pica Corp, Phoenix, AZ; 1979. (72 pages)
– According to the GBC catalog, more then 300 “verselections” are presented with ideas on money management, soft hands, splitting, surrender, percentages and gambling terminology, etc.


Mezrich, Ben. Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. Free Press; 2003. (272 pages)
Excellent. Recommended. Here is the story that is loosely based on the MIT Blackjack Team which reportedly won millions card counting.  You will have to give the author a pass on the many embellishments though. 
[ Wikipedia:  Bringing Down the House ]
[ AMAZON: Bringing Down the House ]

Mezrich, Ben. Busting Vegas: A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds. William Morrow; 2006. (304 pages)
This is Mezrich’s second book which is also loosely based on the MIT Blackjack Team.  Many events in this book are partly based on incidents that occurred during 1992-1993, and when Semyon Dukach was a team captain.
[ WikipediaBusting Vegas ]
[ AMAZON: Busting Vegas by Ben Mezrich ]

Millman, M.H. The Ultimate Blackjack System: A Guide to Professional Level Playing for Beginner and Expert. Dornbush Enterprises, Teaneck, NJ; c1980? (32 pages)
– Not recommended. Three sections after a short introduction: Break-Even system, The Simple Count System, and The Advanced Count System.
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Mitchell, Donn. Blackjack: How to Play Blackjack and the Best Blackjack Strategies. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (20 pages)
– Review TBD.  From the advertising: This guide will teach you how to play Blackjack like a professional. It includes everything from the rules of Blackjack to advanced strategies for both beginner and experienced players. If you want to get the most out of the world’s best gambling game, this is the guide for you! 

Moore, Jay. Blackjack Secrets: A Handbook for Beginners. Skyhorse Publishing; 2011. (160 pages)
– Review TBD but if it is similar to his previous work…?

Moore, Jay. Most Powerful Blackjack Manual. Trafford Publishing; 2004. (208 pages)
– Not recommended. An incorrect basic strategy and betting system.

Morrow, ??. Blackjack. ??; 1946.
-Review TBD


Blackjack Reality by David MorseMorse, David H. Blackjack Reality. Dimension 21, Inc, New Jersey; 1997. (100 pages)
– Excellent. Recommended.
Sub-titled “the David H. Morse Method for Winning at Blackjack”. For the first time ever the closely guarded secret of “signature cards” (also known as “key cards”) has been exposed. Morse has finally hit upon a practical phonetic method to remember these cards. Most of this book, however, is not about signature cards. It is about a very personal (David Morse’s) method for winning at twenty-one. It is an excellent classic training guide for learning how to count cards (Wong’s halves count is used in the discussion) and most of the important technical requirements (including bankroll requirements, bet sizing, standard deviation, estimating your advantage) are presented very well. The book’s color charts are very unique and are presented in such a manner that may aid in their memorization.
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Nestor, Basil. The Smarter Bet Guide to Blackjack. Publisher unknown. (128 pages)
TBD. Subtitled: Professional Strategies for Winning. Includes Spanish 21 and Double Exposure. Includes basic strategy, profitable table conditions, dangerous card combinations, counting cards, etc. Includes information on

Neuzil, Robert J. Blackjack, Blackjack, Blackjack. The Roler Press, Mesa, Arizona. (83 pages)
– A spiral bound introduction to the game, basic strategy and card counting.

Newman, Mike. Dealer’s Special: Inside Look at the Casino Scene by a Working Blackjack Dealer. Gambler’s Book Club Press, Las Vegas; 1979. (79 pages)
– Good. Recommended. A behind the scenes look at the casino gaming scene and written by a Las Vegas Strip blackjack dealer. Covers lifestyles of dealers, their responsibilities, how players take advantages of their mistakes, and the funny side of the casino.
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New Fortune Series. BeattheDealer (Blackjack). Author unknown but believed to be Lou Holloway. (16 pages)
– A small booklet presenting money management advice and a simple card-counting method.

New Fortune Series. Winning at Blackjack. (Ghosted by Lou Holloway) (20 pages)
– Advice to the casual 21 player. Includes counting and money management information.
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Noble, Jim E and Jerry B. Noble. Ace the Tables. Outskirts Press; 2018. (106 pages)
– Not recommended.  Subtitled: “How to Gain the Advantage in Blackjack“.  Written by a Father / Son team. Principle number 2: “There should be a minimum of four players at the blackjack table… and never ever EVER(!!) play heads-up against the dealer“.  Sounds like the author(s) have had some really bad sessions playing heads-up 🙁 .  One comment they make about card counting is that “… it all just became too many numbers flying around to keep it all straight“.  So they abandoned card counting and began using a technique they termed “Table Observation”.
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Nolan, Walter I. Facts of Blackjack: An Introduction to the Game of Blackjack as Played in Legal Casinos Throughout the World. Gambler’s Book Club, Las Vegas; 1970, 1976. (54 pages)
Walter Nolan is the pen name of the late John Luckman who, with his wife Edna, started the Gambler’s Book Club in Las Vegas.

Olsen, Eddie. See book entry under Patterson, Jerry. Break the Dealer.

Oxley, Jeffery A. Winning Blackjack for the Average Joe: Double Deck Training Manual.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2017. (136 pages)
– Good. Recommended.  The Wizard of Odds (Michael Shackleford) comments that this book “gives the most thorough treatment of basic strategy I have ever seen… Overall, a great piece of work!
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