Blackjack E-Book Reviews

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It appears that everybody is jumping on the e-book bandwagon these days. This section includes e-books that are short and/or don’t appear to be a serious book effort.  In this editor’s opinion, most of these e-books are probably worthless. If it is determined that an entry below is a serious effort I will move it to the regular book section.  Of course, the day will come when all books are e-books. Hmmm…. I might have to write one myself some day. 🙂

Adams, Anthony. Blackjack Job Alternative. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (55 pages)
– Review TBD.

Allen, Beverly. Break the Bank Blackjack System. Amazon Digital Services; 2013. (17 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Andersen, Mike. Strategy Blackjack: My First Million. Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (55 pages)
– Not Recommended.  From the cover: How turn hundred into ten thousand in one night.  Secrets casinos don’t want reveal. Non card counting strategy.

Baltazar, Ron V. Become a consistent Blackjack Winner: Proven Strategies aimed to help the recreational blackjack player win consistently. Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (53 pages)
– Review TBD. From the advertising: You’ll see blackjack from an entirely different perspective that’ll shatter what “you believed” was the right way.  Hmmmm???

Banks, Joey. Blackjack Strategy: Easy guide with pictures for any hand.. Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (Approx 100 pages each)
– Not recommended. This is actually 5 books on basic strategy – Chapter 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-26.  Each book sells separately.  The book is just pictures of each hand and how you should play them.  A simple  basic strategy chart would be simpler and a lot cheaper.  However, if you need pictures to learn by….

Brady, Christopher. Casino Surveillance – How Casinos Thwart Cheaters and Advantage Players: An Actual Guide Written for a Major Casino. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (63 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Brent, R. Blackjack Gambling: Beat the Casino in Blackjack by Learning the Art of Counting Cards. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (89 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Brownridge, Jon. 10 Lessons for Beginners in Basic Blackjack. FeedARead; 2016. (136 pages)
– Review TBD.  From the advertising: This 10-part course has been specifically designed to help new players who want to win modest amounts when playing blackjack online or with continuous-shuffle machines at live casinos.

Buffett, Hillary. How to Win at Blackjack: Bonus Basic Strategy Chart Flashcard. Pademelon / Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (42 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Casino, Maple. Blackjack for the Under-Initiated and Over-Whelmed. CreateSpace Independent Publishing; 2012. (26 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Chan, Charles. Blackjack for Beginners: Mastering the Basic Strategy to Dominate the Game (and Make Money). Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (31 pages)
– Review TBD

Cooper, Stanley. Blackjack for Winners: The Ultimate Blackjack Strategy Guide. CreateSpace Independent Publishing; 2012. (36 pages)
– Not recommended. Hmmm… and I thought I over-used the term “ultimate” at times?  From the book: “… if your bet is $100 and your two initial cards are 6 and 5,  the dealer gives you another card if you double up, you are dealt with one more card to go blackjack but you end up betting an additional $100.  Although you bet more, this is an opportunity that can get you closer to getting a blackjack.”  Huh????

Crawford, Ben. How I Went From Waiting Tables to Being a Professional Blackjack Player (on Accident). Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (40 pages)
– Good.  Recommended. This is Ben’s story of how he learned how to count cards, got involved in team play and why he started the Blackjack Apprenticeship web site.   This e-book won’t teach you about basic strategy or card counting.  However, it is a well-written short auto-biography of Ben Crawford – husband, father, card counter and entrepreneur.
[ AMAZON: How I Went From Waiting Tables to Being a Professional Blackjack Player (on Accident) ]

Crawford, Ben. The 29 Minute Card Counting Book. Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (35 pages)
– Review TBD. This is Ben’s e-book, from Blackjack Apprenticeship.  Probably good.  I just bought it.  Give me a day or two to review.  Foreword by Colin Jones. Illustrated by Abe Moreno.
[ AMAZON The 29 Minute Card Counting Book ]

Crimson, Stanley. Blackjack: The Art of Losing (10 Tips to Lose Less and Win More. Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (39 pages)
– Not recommended.

Drew, Michael. Blackjack Strategy: The Ultimate Guide to Playing Blackjack for a Living. Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (19 pages)
– Review TBD.  Oh no! Another “ultimate” book under 20 pages long.

Blackjack Everything you Need...Dunross, Ian. Blackjack: Everything You Need to Know About Blackjack From Beginner to Expert. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (42, 65 pages)
– Recommended with reservations.  However, I highly doubt the author has managed to get “everything you need to know about blackjack” into 65 pages. Generally accurate advice and information about the game.  Biggest pet peeve:  Dunross spells blackjack as two words “Black Jack” and capitalizes it everywhere. 🙂
[ AMAZON: Blackjack: Everything You Need To Know About Blackjack … ]

Gerard, Kevin. How to Play Blackjack. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (51 pages)
-Review TBD.  Subtitled: Best beginner’s guide to learning the basics of the blackjack game! The blackjack rules, odds, winner strategies and a whole lot more.

Gold, Warner S. Counting Cards is Total Bullsh*t: Counting Winnings is Divine.  Blackjack Secrets I Learned From the Mob. Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (39 pages)
-Not recommended.  The main reason Gold gives for why counting cards is total bullsh*t is “The vast majority of people cannot in actuality perform this very difficult skill in a casino“.   Well, Gold, it’s not that difficult.  It just takes a lot of practice 🙂

Henderson, Nick. Beating Blackjack: The #1 Betting System Step. CreateSpace Independent Publishing.; 2016. (24 pages)
-Not recommended.  From the advertising: is a betting system that helps the player win at blackjack. Stop throwing money away! Don’t play another hand of blackjack without using the step system.  Promotes a worthless betting progression system.

Hinds, Michael. Blackjack Strategy: Secrets to Winning the Blackjack Game. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (30 pages)
– Not recommended because of the first line in their advertising: “Learn how to ensure that you win – and not lose – when you play blackjack.

Kemner, William. Situational Dynamics, The Art of Winning at Blackjack. Amazon Digital Services; 2013. (58 pages)
– Not recommended. A few sentences in the preview should answer why I gave this a not recommended.  “… do not fall into the trap of ‘always split your aces’. Particularly if the count favors low cards, it is often best to simply hit your pair of aces. This is a hand that you really have to learn by watching the cards.”

Landrey, Duke. How to Play Blackjack: 21 Blackjack for Beginners. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2014. (40 pages)
– Review TBD.  Subtitled: Getting Familiar with Blackjack Rules and the Blackjack Table.

Landrey, Duke. Blackjack Strategy: How to Win at Blackjack with Improved Blackjack Odds. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2014. (36 pages)
– Not recommended. Subtitled: Blackjack Tips and Strategies for Better Odds.  This is not a book about card counting.  Hmmm… 36 pages long and he spends an entire page explaining why you should stand on a hard 17, 18, 19 and 21. 

Leeds, Lyle. Best Odds Blackjack: The “BOB” Strategy. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (28 pages)
– Review TBD. Subtitled: No Card Counting, 2 Decision Charts (1 Basic – 1 BOB)

Lentz, R. E. . Blackjack Card Counting for the Casino Professional. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2015. (36 pages)
– Review TBD. From the advertising: …will teach the reader in one afternoon the basics of card counting and with practice provide the skills to spot card counters in their casino.

Lucas, John. Real World Blackjack: How to Win at Blackjack Without Counting Cards. Xlibris / Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (60 pages)
– Not recommended. According to the advertising, written by a blackjack dealer of 20 years.

Lyles, Jeremy. Blackjack Strategy: The Ultimate Guide to Winning at Blackjack and Dominate the Casino. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (48 pages)
– Review TBD. Wow…. the “ultimate guide”!

Casino Blackjack for the Recreational PlayerMaki, Kevin and Mitchell Silverman. Casino Blackjack for the Recreational Player: A Guide to Playing for Fun and Casino Comps. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (62 pages)
– Review TBD. I read the preview for this book and so far, I like what I read.
[ AMAZON: Casino Blackjack for the Recreational Player ]

Mathis, J. How You Can Master 21 Blackjack Almost Instantly. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (67 pages)
– Review TBD. Hmmm… it took me more than an instant to review the contents of this e-book.

Mathis, J. The Most Overlooked Strategies of 21 Blackjack Revealed. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (?? pages)
– Review TBD. 

McCaulay, Philip Martin. Blackjack Card Counting; CreateSpace Independent Publishing; 2009. (48 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Miller, Xavier. Blackjack Strategy Guide: The Essential Guide to Winning at Blackjack; Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (58 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Mitchell, Donn. Blackjack: How to Play Blackjack and the Best Blackjack Strategies. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (20 pages)
– Not recommended. Chapter 1: “The goal of Blackjack is to get a hand as close to 21 as possible without going over.”  Chapter 2: “Feel free to change your play as you would like based on your play style and experience.”  Chapter 3: Oh I just can’t take it anymore.

Moriarty, Patrick. Blackjack to the Nth Degree: In The Raw. Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (29 pages)
– Not recommended. A variant of the Labourchere betting system.

Navetta, Vinnie. How to Count Cards: How to Count Cards in Blackjack. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (38 pages)
– Review TBD. From the advertising: This book will teach you everything you need to know about Blackjack.  Hmmm, in 38 pages?

Nickerson, David. Learn How to Win at Online Blackjack ‘Classic’ in under 10 minutes: How to Win at Online Blackjack in 14 Strategic Steps. Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (15 pages)
– Review TBD.

Pace, Larry. Blackjack Strategy: Winning at Blackjack. Subtitled: Tips and Strategies for Winning and Dominating at the Casino (Blackjack, Counting Cards, Blackjack Winning, Good at Blackjack, Black Jack, Card Counting) Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (36 pages)
– Good. Recommended.  Short introduction to the game of blackjack including rules, terminology, and what it will take to beat the house. 

Pennington, TW. How I Win Playing Blackjack and Win: Be Smart, Play Smart and Anyone Can Win. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (16 pages)
– Review TBD. I think Amazon is being spammed with these type of e-books.  16 pages for $5? Come on guys!

Pourzia, Paul. Blackjack and Business: The Easiest Way to Count Cards. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (11 pages)
– Review TBD.

Price, Thomas Alton. Blackjack Ace: The Best Game in Town!. ATC Publishing / Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (52 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Radley, Greg. Go Big or Go Broke: How I Made Six-Figures Playing Blackjack without Counting Cards. Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (10 pages)
– Not recommended. From the advertising: … many players and math whizzes will probably claim that some of my methods are not mathematically sustainable, and that if I continued to play the same way I would eventually lose money in the long run. 
Winner of the shortest blackjack e-book contest.

Renner, John. Blackjack Shortcut: Phone Download. Young Mozarts / Amazon Digital Services; 2015 (19 pages)
– Review TBD. Quick references for use in a casino.

Renner, John. How – To Become a Good Blackjack Player: NO COUNTING. Young Mozarts / Amazon Digital Services; 2015 (31 pages)
– Review TBD. Subtitled: Casino ’21’ Quickie System, which probably sums it up right.

Sanders, David. How to Play Blackjack. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (37 pages)
– Review TBD. Subtitled: The guide to blackjack rules, blackjack strategy and card counting for greater profits. 

Shirley, Brad. Blackjack (Before You Sit Down at the Blackjack Table). Kindred Souls / Amazon Digital Services; 2012 (16 pages)
– Not recommended. From the advertising: There are several blackjack betting strategies you can do to better your odds before you sit down at a blackjack table. Sorry Brad, betting strategies don’t change the odds a bit.
[ http://wizardofodds.com/gambling/betting-systems/ ]

Silverman, Mitchell. Co-author of Casino Blackjack for the Recreational Player.

Simplicent, LLC. Learn Pro Blackjack: Learn How to Play, Master the Strategy, & Maximize Your Odds. Amazon Digital Services; 2013. (61 pages)
– Good. Recommended. Decent presentation of basic strategy, some history of the game, and understanding rule variations.
[ http://www.learnproblackjack.com ]
[ AMAZON: Learn Pro Blackjack by Simplicent ]

Stone, Jason. Blackjack: Beat the Game . Amazon Digital Services; 1980. (26 pages)
– Review TBD.

Thomason, Walter. Blackjack, Beyond the Basics Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (22 pages)
– Not recommended. Subtitled: Improve your game without counting cards. Thomason is the author of the book Twenty-First Century Blackjack.

Towers, T. J. The Winner’s Guide to Blackjack: Simple Techniques to Last Longer at the Blackjack Table. Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (18 pages)
– Review TBD. 

Turver, Carlos. An Unconventional Playing Strategy for Blackjack: Using a Modified Martingale Betting System. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (12 pages)
– Not recommended.  The title says it all! 

Vegas, Radek. Blackjack Winner. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (87 pages)
– Review TBD. Subtitled:
Be a better player and stop losing your money with the best strategies: Start winning – learn perfect basic strategy and card counting to win more money in the casinos

PICWhite, Matthew. Blackjack: Blackjack Strategy & Blackjack Card Counting to Dominate the Game. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (20 pages)
– Not recommended.   Not a word about card counting in the text.  I do love it when they put sexy ladies on the cover though 🙂

Wilkinson, Shawn. Beat the Casino Blackjack with “TOP” Strategy. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (26 pages)
– Not recommended.  Because of some 4000 live hands they change basic strategy?  And then they call it the “TOP” strategy.

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