Blackjack E-Book Reviews

..ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BLACKJACK

 

Blackjack eBooksIt 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. 🙂

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

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

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


Become a Consistent Blackjack WinnerRon V. Baltazar. Become a consistent Blackjack WinnerCIPP / Amazon Digital Services; Mar 7, 2014. (53 pages)
Review TBD. Subtitled, Proven Strategies aimed to help the recreational blackjack player win consistently.
From the advertising: You’ll see blackjack from an entirely different perspective that’ll shatter what “you believed” was the right way.  Hmmmm??? Shown in digital and print versions with different sub-titles.  The second subtitle is,  A revolutionary and unorthodox way to beating blackjack.
[ AMAZON: Become a consistent… ]

Joey Banks. Blackjack Strategy: Easy guide with pictures for any hand.. Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (Approx 100 pages each)
Thumbs Up– 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….

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

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

Jon Brownridge. 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.

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


Maple Casino. Blackjack for the Under-Initiated and Over-Whelmed. CIPP; 2012. (26 pages)
Review TBD

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

Stanley Cooper. Blackjack for Winners: The Ultimate Blackjack Strategy Guide. CIPP; 2012. (36 pages)
Thumbs Up– 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????

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


Michael Drew. 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.


Kevin Gerard. 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.

Warner S. Gold. Counting Cards is Total Bullsh*t: Counting Winnings is Divine.  Blackjack Secrets I Learned From the Mob. Amazon Digital Services; 2012. (39 pages)
Thumbs Up– 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 🙂

Beat the Casinos at BlackjackWilliam Goulden. Beat the Casinos at Blackjack. Open Source; 2008. (33 pages)
Thumbs Up– Not recommended. Available for free on archive.org. Subtitled, The legitimate way to beat the casinos and make a fortune.  Written for the aspiring “online blackjack” player.  Includes an accurate basic strategy and a review of all of the different betting systems available.   Discusses crazy topics such as “Tracking the Flow” and the “Goldhill System”.  Provides links to various online casinos.  Provides a good list of blackjack references and resources.
[ archive.org: Beat the Casinos at Blackjack ]


How To Play BlackjackSteven Hartman. How to Play Blackjack. Amazon Services; Jan 11, 2017. (42 pages)
Review TBD.   The author promises the absolute basics, how to play the game, extra bets, how not to upset friends who may be watching and moneymaking tips.

[ AMAZON: How to Play Blackjack ]

Beating BlackjackNick Henderson. Beating Blackjack: The #1 Betting System Step. CIPP; 2016. (24 pages)
Thumbs Up– 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.

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

Blackjack MasterclassNick Holden. Blackjack Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Casino Blackjack. Pegasus Publishing / Amazon Services; Feb 2, 2020. (45 pages)
Review TBD.  Advertised as, “Complete with a FREE Basic Strategy Card, this book is the most comprehensive guide on the market for learning Casino Blackjack.  From Beginner to Expert in record time! Start killing it on the tables today!
[ AMAZON: Blackjack Masterclass ]


Situational DynamicsWilliam Kemner. Situational Dynamics, The Art of Winning at Blackjack. Amazon Digital Services; 2013. (58 pages)
Thumbs Up– 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.”
[ AMAZON: Situational Dynamics ]


Blackjack: Don't Count On ItJack B. Lackie. Blackjack: Don’t Count on It! Amazon.com Services; Nov 19, 2019. (16 pages)
Thumbs Up– Not recommended. Subtitled, The Easy Way to Win Blackjack Without Counting.  Some quotes from the book: “Frankly, I am just one of these people who want to go to the blackjack table and win without using some type of card counting scheme.”  He says he has a formula that can increase your odds of winning to 75%.  Hmmm…. at least the author does stress you use basic strategy.

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

Duke Landrey. Blackjack Strategy: How to Win at Blackjack with Improved Blackjack Odds. CIPP; 2014. (36 pages)
Thumbs Up– 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. 

Lyle Leeds. 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).

R. E. Lentz. Blackjack Card Counting for the Casino Professional. CIPP; 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.

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

21 Blackjack StrengthsJoe Lucky. Blackjack: 21 Blackjack Strengths to Beating the Dealer. CIPP; 2017 (24 pages)
Thumbs Up– Not recommended.  From the advertising, “Are you ready for it? You ready to win every hand? To learn how easy it is to beat the hand with the cards your dealt with? How about figuring out how to become a shark! How to intimidate those who challenge you? This books doesn’t provide you with just one tip! Not just two! It doesn’t stop…”  With a name like Joe Lucky, how could you go wrong?

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


Casino Blackjack for the Recreational PlayerKevin C. Maki and Mitchell Silverman. (aka Mitch & Dr. Kev) Casino Blackjack for the Recreational Player. Amazon Digital Services; 2015. (62 pages)
Review TBD. Subtitled, A Guide to Playing for Fun and Casino Comps. I read the preview for this book and so far, I like what I read.  Per the advertising: “This is a brief and down-to-earth guide to playing casino blackjack for the recreational player. While this book can be read in only a couple of hours (such as on a flight to Las Vegas), it contains all of the information the new or experienced player will need to cut the house advantage by 75% or more, while maximizing player incentives or ‘casino comps.’  Chapters cover how to choose the right games (and avoid the wrong ones), playing with a mathematically proven basic strategy and tactics for getting the most from casino giveaways. For the novice player, an appendix is provided that describes the basics of playing casino blackjack. ‘Tales from the blackjack pits’ are included throughout that illustrate the concepts using real life examples.

[ AMAZON: Casino Blackjack for the Recreational Player ]

How You Can Master 21 Blackjack Almost InstantlyJ. Mathis / Get Digital World. How You Can Master 21 Blackjack Almost Instantly. Amazon Digital Services / CIPP; 2016 / Mar 8, 2017. (67 pages / 184 pages)
Review TBD. ??? Not sure but it looks like the first edition was an e-book.  Then, the author was changed to “Get Digital World”.  Did the original author not want his name associated with the book?
[ AMAZON: How You Can Master 21 Blackjack Almost Instantly ]

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The Most Overlooked Strategies of 21 Blackjack RevealedJ. Mathis. The Most Overlooked Strategies of 21 Blackjack Revealed. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (?? pages)
Review TBD.  Per the advertising: “In This Book: Beginning Black Jack. A Quick Rundown on the People in the Blackjack Hall of Fame. A Matter Of Winning And Losing: Tips On Playing Blackjack. A Simple 3 Stage Blackjack Strategy. Advanced Blackjack Strategy. Advantages of Learning Blackjack Strategies. Basic Rules Of Live Dealer Blackjack. Basic Steps To Playing Blackjack. Basic Strategy For Blackjack. A Few Tips For Blackjack Players. Being Familiar With The Blackjack Language. Blackjack – Splitting Cards. Blackjack: Learn How to Become a Champion
Blackjack Progressive Strategy. Blackjack vs. Poker. Learning To Win!

Blackjack Card CountingPhilip Martin McCaulay. Blackjack Card Counting. CIPP; 2009. (48 pages)
Review TBD. From the advertising, “Blackjack Card Counting is an easy-to-understand reference book for players to use to gain an advantage at casino blackjack by counting cards. The method works because if the dealer reveals more small cards than large cards, the average value of the remaining cards increases. If there are relatively more high cards remaining, the probability of a blackjack paying 3 to 2 increases, the probability of winning on a doubled-down bet increases, and the probability of the dealer busting with a 12 to 16 showing increases. Topics include blackjack basics, counting cards, the running count, the true count, betting strategy, and player decisions. The book includes charts showing the optimal blackjack strategy depending on the card count. The author is a mathematician with experience as a consultant to the gaming industry who has sold thousands of books.” According to the bio, Philip Martin McCaulay is an actuary with a B.A. in Mathematics from Indiana University. His actuarial clients in the gaming industry have included Bally’s, Circus Circus, Caesar’s Palace, and United Gaming.

Blackjack Strategy Guide by Xavier MillerXavier Miller. Blackjack Strategy Guide: The Essential Guide to Winning at Blackjack; Cascade Publishing / Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (58 pages)
Review TBD.   Subtitled, The Complete Guide to Winning Blackjack; Tips and Tricks to Beat the Odds.

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Blackjack: How to Play...Donn Mitchell. Blackjack: How to Play Blackjack and the Best Blackjack Strategies. Amazon Digital Services; 2016. (17 pages)
Thumbs Up– 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.

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


How to Count CardsVinnie Navetta. How to Count Cards: How to Count Cards in Blackjack. CIPP; Dec 22, 2015. (38 pages)
Review TBD. From the advertising: This book will teach you everything you need to know about Blackjack.  Hmmm, in 38 pages?

 

David Nickerson. 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.


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

TW Pennington. 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!

Winning at BlackjackJohn Peters. Winning at Blackjack. Road to Wealth & MYM Business Services; 2004, 2008 (45 pages)
Review TBD.  Subtitled, Extraordinary Secrets Revealed. From the advertising, “ … takes a candid and forthright look at what it takes to make sure you are winning at the game of Blackjack. Contrary to popular (if not uninformed) opinion, this game is NOT for ‘fun’. Take a literary stroll through the world of high-stakes casino gambling but in this world YOU win and not the house!
[ AMAZON: Winning at Blackjack ]

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

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


Greg Radley. Go Big or Go Broke: How I Made Six-Figures Playing Blackjack without Counting Cards. Amazon Digital Services; 2014. (10 pages)
Thumbs Up– 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.

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

John Renner. 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.


How to Play Blackjack by David SandersDavid Sanders. 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

Nicolae Sfetcu. Play Blackjack. ???; 2014?. (?? pages)
Review TBD. A short guide about how to play blackjack, blackjack variants, strategies, tournaments, card counting, advantage gambling techniques and terminology.

I Will Make You ChampionMits Sh. I Will Make You Champion: Winning Tips & Tricks for Blackjack. Amazon Services; Jan 22, 2020. (87 pages)
Review TBD.  From the advertising, “Having been a blackjack dealer and gambling instructor, I have taught countless people how to playing the game of Blackjack. The game of Blackjack is a very simple one to learn and you can be on the table playing in just minutes from now. I go more in detail about gambling, but this quick start guide will give you everything you need to play a game of Blackjack. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on playing Blackjack online.

Brad Shirley. Blackjack (Before You Sit Down at the Blackjack Table). Kindred Souls / Amazon Digital Services; 2012 (16 pages)
Thumbs Up– 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.
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Mitchell Silverman. (co-author) See Casino Blackjack for the Recreational Player.

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


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

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

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


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

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


Unknown. The Ultimate Blackjack System. SnipFiles.com; No copyright information (38 pages)

Thumbs Up / Down

– Recommended with reservations. Subtitled, Blackjack Secrets Casino’s Don’t Want You to Know About!.  Surprisingly some good information from an unknown author.  Describes history of the game, how to play, basic strategy and card counting.  However, he is a bit too optimistic about a card counter’s advantage.