Blackjack Software Reviews



BJRMJohn M. Auston. Blackjack Risk Manager 2002. (BJRM) c1998-2002 (WIN)
star.gif– Excellent. Highly Recommended. A “calculator-type” utility program that automatically and instantly performs several complicated blackjack risk-related statistical calculations, providing you with the facts you need to manage your blackjack “risk.” Don Schlesinger comments, “Every blackjack player, on every level, should own this magnificent piece of software. It contains virtually every feature, has built in virtually every important formula you will ever need to play blackjack as perfectly as it can be played.” MORE INFO
[ ARCHIVE: ] [ Fall 97 Snyder BJF 111 ] [ Sum 00 Snyder BJF 110 ]

J. K. Blanchard. J.K. Blackjack Tutor & System Checker. J.K. Blanchard Enterprises, Torrence, CA; c1989. (MAC)
Review TBD. A tutorial offering basic play through card counting. Two versions are available: The basic version (game) and the Pro player version.  Originally sold at the MacWorld Expo and by consignment to stores in Las Vegas, Reno, etc.  No longer available.
[ JK Blanchard Enterprises ]

Beat the House CompanionAvery Cardoza. Beat the House. Spirit of Discovery; 1992. (IBM)
Review TBD. This game package included (for its time) excellent graphics and sound for blackjack, craps, video poker, roulette and slots. Blackjack portion included some card counting features and supported one to four players. Included a companion strategy book written specifically for this software by Avery Cardoza.
[ AMAZON (Companion Book Only) ] [ DOWNLOAD – Not verified! ]

Omega II Software for AppleBryce Carlson. Omega II. Northridge, CA; c1981, 1992. (APPLE II)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended for its time. Performed simulations and allowed interactions. In the interactive mode, up to four players were allowed. The main value of Omega II was for simulations which it could do at about 10,500 hands per hour. A copy of this software was once available for free (less postage) when you bought Carlson’s Blackjack For Blood book.
[ 2/82 Wong BJW Vol.4,29 ] [ 93 Carlson Blackjack For Blood ]

Omega II Blackjack CasinoBryce Carlson. Omega II Blackjack Casino. Northridge, CA; c1995. (IBM)
star.gif– Excellent. Highly recommended for its time. This outstanding simulation software was originally based on John Immings RWC 4.3 engine which sold for $179. Lots of rule variations, balanced or unbalanced, etc. Fast, powerful blackjack simulation and training software. Allows 1 to 7 players, each playing any strategy, betting system, and count (balanced, unbalanced, or suit-based) desired. Choose from 40 different rules variations and 18 real-world shuffle routines to create virtually any set of casino rules and customs imaginable. Further select from five different simulation modes to generate and record a wide range of invaluable statistical information. Also features a powerful game-play mode, and an automated flash-card drill designed to sharpen your counting skills. Includes a comprehensive 51-page users’ manual. Requires 640K RAM, MS-DOS 5.0 or higher. Windows 3.1, 95 and 98 compatible. Bryce Carlson is the author of the book Blackjack For Blood.

Sam Case. Blackjack Strategy Table Generator. 1991. (IBM)
Thumbs Up– Very good. Recommended. Based on Arnold Snyder’s Algebraic Approximation Method this simple program will generate true count strategy charts for any balanced count. You input the count values, number of decks, etc., and it generates charts for both soft 17 rules, double down charts, pair split charts, and the insurance index. The program also calculates the playing efficiency, betting and insurance correlation.  According to Arnold Snyder, “This is the fastest strategy index generator known to man, compliments of Sam Case. It does have some limitations regarding rule variations, and it only works with balanced counting systems. But have fun with it. The index numbers it generates are excellent. ” This software will not run on Win10 and the indices generated are only approximate.  Use link below to download from
[ 3/87 Snyder BJF ] [ 6/91 Snyder BJF 50 ] [ DOWNLOAD ]

Advanced BlackjackPaul Dayton and Arnold Snyder. Advanced Blackjack. Cybersearch; 1982. (HP-85) Paul Dayton and Lois Slade. Muse Software, Baltimore, MD, Iota Systems and R.G. Enterprises; 1983. (APPLE II, II+, IIe)
Thumbs Up– Very good. Recommended for its time. For players interested in learning the Zen count. Arnold Snyder wrote the 39-page user’s manual.
[ 12/82, 12/83 Snyder BJF ] [ 4/84 Wong BJW 62 ]

Paul Dayton. Expert Blackjack. Paul Dayton. Mountain Computer; 1980 (HP-85)
Thumbs UpReview TBD. Includes basic strategy, the Canfield counting systems and limited to head-up play.
[ 81 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 176 ] [ 3/81 Snyder BJF 19 ]

Blackjack GoldSharon Delarose. Blackjack Gold. Gypsy King Software; c2002-2012 (WIN, MAC)
Thumbs UpGood. Recommended. According to the advertising, “…is a full featured blackjack game loaded with options that let you simulate virtually any casino. Animations, a genuine blackjack dealer’s voice, keyboard shortcuts, over 80 different card back images, king and queen faces include leaders from many different countries, and blackjack variations offer a realistic blackjack game for both novices and pros. Play the popular blackjack variations of Spanish 21, Super Sevens, Double Exposure, Over Under 13, European Blackjack and the blackjack wheel.”  The software also has the ability to input card counting systems including balanced and unbalanced systems.  This was shareware software and is no longer available.  From their website: 4-25-2022: “This is goodbye After 22 years of bringing you Macintosh and Windows shareware games, Gypsy King Software has retired. We will no longer fulfill registrations or tech support. It’s been 10 years since we updated any of our shareware games. If you have a working game, enjoy it for as long as it continues to work for you.
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Apple 21Bill Depew. Apple 21 – Old Las Vegas Blackjack. ARTSCI, Inc.; 1980 (32K Cassette) (APPLE II)
Review TBD.  Described as “Play real Las Vegas-style blackjack on green felt table with hi-res poker cards. As many as three players can challenge the dealer, all hands shown at once. Game allows entry and exit of individual players between each hand. Keeps tallies and announces balance when players leave. Announces shuffling and new decks.
[ Brutal Deluxe Software ]

Dunbar's Risk Analyzer for BlackjackDunbar. Dunbar’s Risk Analyzer for Blackjack. ???; 1998-2001. (WIN: M/S Excel)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended. Requires Windows and Microsoft Excel version 7.0 or higher. Helps the card counter calculate how much money to bring on a trip to limit yourself to a X% chance of going broke. This spreadsheet allows you to analyze every risk factor that can threaten your bankroll. Employs the short-term risk of ruin formula from Don Schlesinger’s Blackjack Attack.
[ Las Vegas Advisor ]

John Eaton. Blackjack Program. Casino & Sports, 1978, Vol.5, p.41-46. (TI-59)
Review TBD. Written for the programmable Texas Instruments TI-59 calculator. John Eaton has spent 10 years in casino surveillance – 8 of those years at the Dunes. Public domain software.

cConnect. See entry under Blackjack Countdown.

ET Fan and Arnold Snyder. BJ PowerSim Blackjack Card Counting Simulation Software. BlackjackForumOnline; 2006 (WIN)
star.gif– Very Good. Recommended. From the instruction manual: “Blackjack PowerSim is a fast Windows blackjack simulator with executable program and support files, including source code, freely available courtesy of blackjackforumonline and ET Fan.” This software was available for free on Arnold Snyder’s site. It was written in XBasic and is considered open source software.
[ BLACKJACKFORUMONLINE: Blackjack Simulation Project ]

Boris On BlackjackRon Fitch. Boris’ Casino Blackjack Simulation. (Ron Fitch a.k.a. Boris)
Thumbs Up– Not recommended. Real world simulation software that supposedly takes into account everything from the wash to the actual shuffle. Comes in several editions — Party, Gambler’s, Student, Advanced, PBJ/Clump Trackers, and Professional. Since the author appears to be convinced that clump tracking and TARGET are valid approaches to winning at this game I am not recommending this. The software appears intriguing, however, I have not evaluated it.
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Bill Gaem. Card-Count Practice Program. Bill Gaem. Casino & Sports, 1979, Vol. 7, p.39-45. (TI-59)
Review TBD. A practice program written for the TI-59 calculator. Public domain software.

Donald Granger. Blackjack! – Your Key to Winning Play. Glencoe Computing, Glencoe, Missouri; 1988-1993. (IBM)
star.gif– Very good to excellent (depending on what version you get). Highly recommended. This software has made the circuit as shareware software for several years. Includes excellent VGA graphics that require a VGA monitor. The shareware version supports up to 4 casinos, 1-8 decks, resplitting, DAS, hit split aces, double any or 9,10,11, double on more than 2 cards, insurance, surrender, and H-17 or S-17. Includes an excellent basic strategy and card-counting drill. Supports manual or auto deal, single or double deal. You can set up betting progressions and it has a unique tournament strategy mode where you can set up the number of hands in a round. The commercial version includes the Red Seven count but you can input any single parameter system into memory along with strategy tables. Commercial version includes 40-page manual.
[ 3/93 Snyder BJF 61 ] [ Win 93 Dalton BJR 11 ]

William Hawkins. Blackjack Subsets. (BJS) 1993 IBM, c1998 (WIN)
star.gif– Excellent. Highly Recommended. Arnold Snyder calls this software the “Theory of Blackjack” on disk, and the author writes that an, “…especially enjoyable use of Blackjack Subsets, and part of the reason that it was written, is as a companion in the study of Peter Griffin’s Theory of Blackjack.” The purpose of the software is to derive expectations, effects of removal, and optimal linear strategies based on effects of removal tables. Multiple player hands are allowed.
[ Sum 03 BJF 97 ]

John Imming. Real World Casino #1: Practice Casino. (RWC:PC) Real World Casino, Cathedral City, CA; 1989-1993. (IBM)
star.gif– Excellent. Highly recommended at the time. Useful for learning any counting system whether balanced or unbalanced and by true or running count. Use strategy and betting tables you develop. Over 43 rule variations, including Over/Under 13 and double exposure. Use a 5, 6 or 7-spot table and play from 1 to 7 hands. The program will display errors and mistakes as you make them. Use any set of rules and number of decks. Practice your card counting system using generic indexes, 2, 3 or 4 card indexes or special cases. Over 100 casinos predefined with rules and setup. Perform simulations of systems of over 20000 hands/hour, however, this version was not designed to be a high-speed analyzer.

John Imming. Real World Casino #2: Analyzer. (RWC:A) Real World Casino, Cathedral City, CA; 1989, 1990, 1991. (IBM)
star.gif– Excellent. Highly recommended at the time. Included RWC #1. Does everything #1 does and allows you to perform higher speed simulations from 6 million hands per day to over 30 million hands per hour, depending on the number of players at the table and the speed of your PC. Analyze side counts for ace adjust. The Analyzer will print out or store to disk several pages of data for each run including data at each count. You can also run analyses of odd deck subsets.

Universal Blackjack EngineJohn Imming. Real World Casino #3: Universal Blackjack Engine. (RWC:UBE) Real World Casino, Cathedral City, CA; 1989-1993. (IBM)
star.gif– Excellent. Highly recommended at the time. Included RWC #1 and #2. Perform your own blackjack analyses of basic strategies, card counting, betting progressions and non-random (real world) shuffles. Many of the probabilities and strategies in this book were originally verified using this software. This program will generate strategy tables for any count (balanced and unbalanced) and set of rules you choose. Version 4 includes the ability to program a variety of real-world shuffles. Version 5 included macro programming capability and had over 50 major casinos pre-programmed with rules. Version 6 included over 100 casinos predefined with rules. Use Kelly or other criteria and generate data at a specific penetration. Included a high speed simulation mode providing up to 12 million hands/hour. Last known version allowed you to run cover play analysis. Be forewarned, this program is not recommended for beginners and requires a great deal of time to learn. See Real World Casino: Multiparameter Blackjack Engine.
[ 6/89 Snyder BJF 6 ] [ 12/89 Snyder Version 2.0 Review BJF 50 ] [ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 116 ] [ 6/90 Snyder Version 3.0 Review BJF ] [ 12/92 Snyder UBE Version 5.0 BJF 56 ] [ Sum 93 Dalton UBE Update Ver. 5.01 BJR 15 ] [ 9/93, 12/93 Snyder UBE Ver. 6.0 BJF ]

Multi-Parameter Blackjack EngineJohn Imming and Bert K. Owen. Real World Casino: Multi-parameter Blackjack Engine. (RWC:MPBE) Real World Casino, Cathedral City, CA; 1993-1995. (IBM)
– This software was in the development stage and never released. Imming had sent me a preliminary version which was very impressive. An announcement was expected in the Dec 93 issue of Blackjack Forum, however, there was word that John Imming had died before he could complete this project. In the book Modern Blackjack, by Norm Wattenberger, we learn that Imming’s death was a rumor and that he was no longer working on blackjack software. Very strange and sad.
[ 6/93 Dalton BJR 15 ]

World's Greatest Blackjack ProgramWarren Irwin, Carl Cooper and Lance Humble. World’s Greatest Blackjack Program. Carl Cooper Associates, Ellisville, MO & Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA; 1980. (APPLE II, II+)
Thumbs Up– Recommended for its time. Designed to teach basic strategy, the Hi-Opt I and to provide visual and card counting skills. Included a 21-page manual.
[ 80 C&S Vol. 13, 66 ] [ 6/81 Snyder BJF 23 ] [ InfoWorld Review: 1 2 3 ] [ MANUAL PAGE 1 ]

Eliot Jacobson. Blackjack Card Counting Computer. 1999-2000. (JAVA)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended. This applet is expressly designed for card counters to investigate different counting systems, specifically with regard to betting efficiency in a standard single or multiple deck game, like the kind that can be found in Las Vegas. On all hands, appropriate Basic Strategy is followed for the play of the hand. For single deck games, there is no DAS. On Multiple deck games, DAS is automatically implemented. You may choose to hit or stand for the dealer on soft 17. The only variation in play is variation of the wager, that is, the spread, and this is handled automatically by the program.
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Eliot Jacobson. Win/Loss Progression Betting Analyzers. c2000. (JAVA)
Thumbs Up– Recommended. These applets are designed to settle arguments that sometimes arise as to the soundness of progression betting schemes. We feel such systems are essentially equivalent to Basic Strategy, with (usually) a much higher probability of Ruin.
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Eliot Jacobson. Shuffle Tracking Analyzer. Elliot Jacobson; 2000. (JAVA)
Thumbs Up– Recommended. You vary the clump size, your bet spread, and how rich the clump is, and this applet predicts your edge over the house using basic strategy. This applet is expressly designed for shuffle trackers to investigate their real advantage in practical play. The game being simulated is the kind that can be found in Las Vegas (no RSA, hit soft 17, etc.). On all hands, Basic Strategy is followed for the play of the hand. Hi-Lo strategy is used to count the deck and the clumps. For single deck games, there is no DAS. On Multiple deck games, DAS is automatically implemented..
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SBAKarel Janeček. Statistical Blackjack Analyzer. (SBA) ConJelCo, Pittsburgh, PA; 1992 – 2003. (IBM / WIN)
star.gif– Outstanding. Recommended for its time. SBA Standard Edition was a powerful and extremely fast blackjack simulator that provides all statistics for each true count. SBA supported almost all reasonable rules, all counting systems, supports wonging and back-counting, and supports sophisticated cover betting. SBA allowed you to calculate optimal bets for each true count. Independently rated the best blackjack simulator available at the time. SBA Advanced Edition – The advanced edition added a precise and super fast playing strategy generator. Generated all playing indices for any counting system and almost all rules combinations. The strategy generator played at the speed of two billion pairs of hands per hour on Pentiums. Reviewed in the Spring 1997 Blackjack Review issue 6.2. This was the best blackjack simulation software on the market at the time. Appears that no work has been done on this software since version 5.52, released Feb 17, 2003. MORE INFO
[ ] [ Sum 99 Snyder BJF 112 ] [ Spr 97 Dalton BJR 6.2 ]

Patrick Leabo-Tuscon. CCII Blackjack. Available through Shareware Testing Laboratories, PO BOX 11499, Indianapolis, IN 46201, c1978. (IBM)
– A simple public domain program for the IBM PC. Includes hit, stand, double down, split options with insurance. Public domain software.

Stickysoft 6-7-8 SoftwareHal Marcus. Blackjack 6-7-8. StickySoft. 2000, 2003. (Win)
star.gif– Excellent. Recommended. Arnold Snyder calls this, “…the best all-around blackjack software deal on the market.” Excellent graphics for practice, simulations and creating strategy indices. Up to 7 spots can be set up on the layout or you can use a Multi-Action setup with any card counting system (balanced or unbalanced). For the price and time, this was great software.
[ Spr 2000 BJF 111 ] [ Sum 2003 BJF 96 ]

Dustin D. Marks. Cheating at Blackjack (CAB 2000).  See entry under Blackjack Videos.

Blackjack Combinatorial AnalyzerMGP. Blackjack Combinatorial Analyzer. c2006-08 (Win)
star.gif– Excellent. Recommended. This free software, available on the site lets you do accurate analysis of any set of rules of blackjack. It provides optimal strategies, expected value of every decision, and more.
[ Blackjack Combinatorial Analyzer ]

Ronald Mueller. Blackjack Plus. c1996 (Win 95/98/NT)
Review TBD. Blackjack Plus lets you play computer blackjack with total control over casino rules and with instant readout of the probabilities associated with each playing choice. You select the number of decks, rules for splits and double down, payoffs, and more, then get a total picture of recommended player strategy for every card situation. Shareware software.

Blackjack InternationalKevin O’Neill / Candywriter. Blackjack International. 2006-2008 (Win)
Thumbs Up / Down OK for the fun of it. This is a silly little free shareware program that allows you to play blackjack against the computer.  You select a country (one of 16) and instead of chips you play with such things as cheeseburgers in the United States or boomerangs in Australia.  You can set several rule options such as 1-8 decks, penetration, hit or stand on soft-17, double down, double after splitting and whether the dealer peeks under tens and Aces or just tens.  Software has some card counting features such as keeping track of the count but some of the Help links no longer work.  Basic strategy advice can be enabled and surrender is allowed.  
Graphics by Kevin O’Neil and Sim Wong.

John Patrick. Computer Blackjack. John Patrick Productions, Short Hills, NJ. (IBM, MAC)
Thumbs Up– Not recommended.

Victor Shelley
. Ne Plus Ultra & Practicum. Victor Shelley.; c1996. (WIN)

Thumbs Up– Excellent. Highly recommended for its time. Subtitled, Blackjack Master Course Software for Windows. One of the most unique blackjack training software on the market today since it will improve your card counting skills. Includes drills to improve counting, true count conversion, deck estimation, play variations, count indices, etc. Use the built in count or create your own balanced or unbalanced count. Newer versions now include the companion Practicum “play” upgrade. Excellent graphics and includes several unique practice and analysis features.
[ Sprint 94 Dalton BJR 3.2 ] [ BJRNET: Blackjack Software Catalog ]

Dan Pronovost. See DeepNet Technologies below.

D. R. Smith. Professional Blackjack Analyzer. (PBA) Pi Yee Press, La Jolla, CA; 1999. (WIN)
Thumbs Up– Very good. Recommended. This was completely new Windows software that was supposed to bring Stanford Wong’s Blackjack Count Analyzer up to Windows performance. PBA is a comprehensive software tool for the analysis, simulation, and practice of the game of blackjack. While PBA has some of the most sophisticated options available, including custom shuffle specification and pattern/progression betting, the intuitive user interface makes PBA easy to configure and operate. Choose from all standard and numerous exotic rules; select any true- or running-count based system; select a betting scheme based on the running or true count, patterns of wins/losses, or both. Then use PBA to calculate the optimal strategy and expected profit, and practice using PBA’s feature-filled game module. PBA is a Learning Aid for the game of blackjack, including card counting and betting strategies. Play it as a game, with feedback on playing accuracy, betting accuracy, counting accuracy, and playing speed. PBA is a Research Tool. Select from a wide range of rules, then calculate count strategy numbers in seconds and run high-speed simulations.
[ Win 00 Snyder BJF 111 ]

William Smith. BJ Tools. (BJT) 1998 (WIN)
Review TBD. Blackjack simulator and analysis tools. Includes the BJT Program which performs blackjack simulations using the pickup order that casinos actually use and non-random shuffles.

BJ Tool

Arnold Snyder.  See PowerSim above.

ST2000Dennis Suggs. Shuffle Trak & Shuffle Trak 2000. (ST, ST2000) Mesa Verde Software Systems, Diamond Bar, CA; 1992 – 1999. (WIN)
star.gif– Excellent. Highly recommended. Shuffle Trak software allows you to define, map, and practice playing using casino shuffle routines. The user can specify dealer grab sizes, penetration, riffle type, stack, zone, plugging, etc. The automatic simulation feature allows you to watch the card flow patterns (using color graphics) with up to 7 players at the table, as the mapping screen follows the action of the game. If you are interested in shuffle tracking be sure to get Arnold Snyder’s 3-issue Blackjack Forum shuffle tracking series also. Highly recommended for advanced players who have mastered card counting and are interested in shuffle tracking. At the time, this was the only software on the market that could map virtually all known shuffles used in casinos today. MORE INFO
[ Win 95 Dalton BJR 4.1 ] [ Win 98 Snyder BJF 110 ]

Henry Tamburin and Richard Ramm. The Amazing Blackjack Machine. Casino Gambling Workshop, Toms River, NJ; c1980? (TRS-80, APPLE II?)
Thumbs Up– A BASIC program and originally written for the TRS-80 computer. This program was designed for the development, study and analysis of blackjack playing strategies and betting systems.
[ 4/81 Wong CBN 65 ] [ 81 Eaton C&S Vol.15, 53 ] [ 81 Patterson Blackjack: A Winner’s Handbook 176 ] [ 6/81 Snyder BJF 24 ]

Advanced Count ExplorerCarl Ursini. Advanced Count Explorer (ACE). c2000. (Win)
Thumbs Up– Recommended for its time. Provided risk analyses similar to John Auston’s Blackjack Risk Manager (BJRM) software. A simple yet powerful blackjack program which transforms user-input statistical data into accurate, precise, and useful output data. To quickly analyze results from blackjack simulations, the user enters data for each count value, and at the touch of a button essential information is displayed. Included in the output is Kelly optimal bet sizing, dependent on the user’s risk-tolerance and bankroll size, hourly expected value and standard deviation dependent on rounds observed/played per hour, risk of ruin, desirability indices, short-term (trip) statistics, and more. By changing input variables, the user can create a playing system, a short-term analysis, save and open data files, and print the results to accompany its respective simulation report for quick reference. MORE INFO
[ Spr 2000 BJF 112 ]

Olaf Vancura and Ken Fuchs. Knock-Out Blackjack Workshop. (KOBJ) Olaf Vancura and Ken Fuchs; c1997. (WIN)
Thumbs Up– Very good. Recommended. Practice program specially designed for the Knock-Out Blackjack counting system.
[ BJRNET: Knock-Out Blackjack ]

CVBJNorm Wattenberger. (QFIT) Casino Verite and related software products. (1993 – 2023+) (WINXP-WIN11, IOS, Android)
star.gif– Outstanding. Highly recommended. This great software package has evolved over the years. You name it and this software probably supports it.  Mobile games and drills for Android and Apple are also available. From their advertising: “Casino Vérité Blackjack software products by Norman Wattenberger for Windows PCs, and Android and Apple mobile devices, for card counting, basic strategy, shuffle tracking and Ace prediction are now mentioned in 25 books. The major aim in the construction of these tools is the accurate simulation of play in a live casino. In particular, ultra-real casino Blackjack card counting and basic strategy. Although Casino Vérité products can be played as Blackjack games, they were designed as serious casino practice tools for novices and professionals. Casino Vérité has long been considered the top Blackjack software by nearly all experts including managers of the MIT Blackjack teams.Software products include:

  • CVBasic. Free practice software for blackjack basic strategy.
  • CVBlackjack. Ultra-realistic practice software, games and 37 drills, 500 options. For beginners to professional players. This is the most popular product in the series.
  • CVBJ-Lite. Practice play and drills.
  • CVBlueprint. Practice play and drills and companion software to Blackjack Blueprint by Rick Blaine. Half the features of CVBJ.
  • CVHoldCard. Hole carding, partial hole carding, next carding, and partial next carding practice. Designed to profit from dealers who are sloppy with their dealing. (requires CV Blackjack, download only)
  • CVSimulator CVDATA. Advanced high-speed card counting simulator. Run billions of hands with complex strategies. Faster, more options, more functionality and more data than any other BJ simulator. Optional add-on for shuffle-tracking simulation.
  • CVSimulator CVCX. Easy to use high-speed simulator. Run billions of hands. Includes optimal betting calculations, 150,000 canned sims, game/strategy comparison and a dozen calculators.
  • CVReview. Tracking, statistics, and analysis of past results for games and sports, including connections to CVCX and the CBJN casino data base. Also tracking of expenses, comps, and backoffs. 
  • CVShuffle. Advanced Shuffle-Tracking and Ace Tracking practice and analysis. (requires CV Blackjack)

Arnold Snyder called this, “the best and most comprehensive practice software ever created“.

[ Spr 94 BJR 3.2 ] [ Spr 03 BJF 113 ] [ ] [ BJRNET: Casino Verite Software Products ]

Blackjack TrainerChuck Weinstock. Blackjack Trainer. (BT, BJT) ConJelCo, Pittsburgh, PA; 1990, 1992. (WIN, MAC)
Thumbs Up– Excellent. Highly recommended for its time. One of the best software programs at the time for teaching yourself how to count cards… and available on the Mac. Basic strategy, card counting strategies and high-speed simulations. Includes the Expert, Hi-Lo, Hi-Opt I, Red Seven and Zen counting system built in or you can create your own. Two excellent drill modes were supported. Ran simulations over 200,000 hands/hour on a MAC IIci. Version 2.0.2 tested. Appears to no longer be available. MORE INFO
[ ] [ 3/91 Curtis BJF 50 ] [ Win 93 Dalton BJR 13 ]

Blackjack VisionDanny Woolard. Blackjack Vision. (BJV) Shiloh Research Systems; c1995-1997. (IBM)
Thumbs Up-Excellent. Highly Recommended for its time. Blackjack Vision can simulate ALL 7 seating positions up to 4 billion blackjack rounds at speeds up to 100 million hands per hour(Pentium 150; heads-up). All major U.S. rules and count systems are supported. Simulation data can be instantly updated by changing betting parameters. It can also determine risk of ruin for any bankroll. Advanced features include multi-parameter systems, Multiple Strategy Tables, and secondary counts. Over 150 stats are recorded: count freq.distribution in numeric & VGA graph form, count,ins.,& play advantages, much more. Context Help is available for beginners. Includes a 4 player VGA practice mode with easy to read cards. MORE INFO
[ Win 97 Snyder BJF 111 ]

BJedgeStanford Wong. BJEdge. (BJE) Pi Yee Press, La Jolla, CA; c1995. (WIN)

Thumbs Up

– Very good. Recommended for its time. This software provided the casino (or player) edge off the top of the deck or shoe based on rule variations selected by the user. Supported 1-8 decks, conventional and double exposure. At one time, this was one of my favorite programs.  MORE INFO

Blackjack AnalyzerStanford Wong. Blackjack Analyzer. (BJA) Pi Yee Press, La Jolla, CA; 1992. (IBM)
Thumbs Up– Excellent. Highly recommended for its time. This software allows the user to instantly create basic strategy charts for most rules and options available today including double exposure. You can also run high speed simulations to determine exactly what they are worth to you. The following rare rule options were listed in the version tested: 5-card hand, 6-card hand, 7-card hand, 6,7,8 all spades, 6,7,8 same suit, 6,7,8 mixed suit, 7,7,7 all spades, 7,7,7 same suit, 7,7,7 mixed suit, 5,5,5,5 all red, A,J both spades, A,J same suit, Natural both spades, and Bust box. This software also has an excellent game/training mode that you can use to play blackjack and perfect your skill at blackjack. Player errors are indicated along with the correct play and percent difference.
[ Sum 92 Dalton BJR 24 ]


Blackjack Count AnalyzerStanford Wong. Blackjack Count Analyzer. (BCA, BJCA) Pi Yee Press, La Jolla, CA; 1993. (IBM)
star.gif– Outstanding. Highly recommended for its time. Incorporates everything that Blackjack Analyzer has and adds card counting features. You can print out the indices of any balanced card counting system available today. You can also run high speed simulations but side counting of aces is not supported. Provides excellent simulation data on the screen including payback, standard error, variance and covariance for flat bets and user bets. Also included is the standard deviation per 100 bets and the average bet. MORE INFO
[ Win 93 Dalton BJR 12 ] [ 12/92, 9/93 Snyder BJF 57 ]


Stanford Wong. Party Blackjack. Pi Yee Press, La Jolla, CA; 1982. (IBM, IBM PCjr)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended for its time. Conventional, double exposure and European rules used. Program counts cards using any counting system and gives the player his expectation for every possible way to play. Expectation is based on the exact mix of cards remaining. Usable as an aid to learn how to count cards.
[ 82 Braun C&S Vol.20, 37 ] [ 6/82 Wong BJW Vol.4,96 ] [ 9/82 Snyder BJF 40 ]

Stanford Wong. Tournament Blackjack. (TBJ) Stanford Wong, Pi Yee Press, La Jolla, CA; c1995. (WIN)
Thumbs Up– Excellent. Recommended for its time. At the time this was the only software on the market that allowed players to simulate and analyze blackjack tournaments. Set up almost any tournament format and set any or all players on manual or automatic. This was the perfect companion to Stanford Wong’s Casino Tournament Strategy book.


Above Average Software. Blackjack Frequency Finder. c1984? (ZX-81, TS-1000)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended for its time. Develops frequency distributions for any count system in any game with any number of decks, any number of players, and any shuffle-point. It estimates your standard deviation and risk of ruin with any betting system and will calculate your expectation in any game using the Blackjack Formula by Arnold Snyder.
[ 9/84 Cant BJF 46 ]

Blackjack 2021 for Palm III

AC&G Software. Blackjack 2021 – Real Time Blackjack Analyzer and Blackjack Pro 2021; c2006-2008. (Palm, WIN)
Thumbs UpRecommended for its time. From the advertising: “Blackjack 2021 is a statistical Blackjack Real-Time Analyzer that helps you to become a better Blackjack player by showing you the best move for any given combination of cards. It is designed both for inexperienced and for advanced players. Use it while playing in virtual casinos, or fBlackjack 2021or practice before entering a real casino or anywhere else. Unlike similar programs, it doesn’t use any charts, tables, or counting systems. Instead, it calculates the best move you can make according to the cards still in the deck. It also recommends the amount of money you should bet on each hand. Options let you select the number of decks, set rules for splits and double down, set table rules, use European rules, and more. The unregistered version limits the dealer to starting with a 5, 6, 7, or 8 card.” It appears the software that was once available on Palm devices is now available under Windows in two versions. Blackjack Pro 2021 allows you to play the game where as the Analyzer version allows you to analyze hands.
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Applications Plus. Beating the House at Blackjack, Apple Valley, MN; 1986, 1989. (IBM, APPLE II, MAC)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended for its time. A good training aid with exercise options for basic strategy, counting, and game playing. Uses Revere’s strategy tables.
[ 6/87 Snyder BJF 50 ]

ArcticHouse BJArctic House. Blackjack Card Recorder. (WIN 95/98/NT).
Thumbs UpReview TBD. Software allows recording of cards during a blackjack game. User can define the number of decks. Thus a single deck or multi-deck game is possible. User can select from three pre-defined counting methods. The three methods are widely known Hi-Lo, Hi-Opt-1 and Zen-Count. Furthermore user can define his/her own counting method easily from SETUP. The Recorder window stays on top of the blackjack windows all the time. Both the running count and the true count are shown.

Blackjack Apprenticeship. Blackjack Training Drills. c2015 (Web based – online)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended. Free web-based drills that will help you master basic strategy, card counting, true count conversion, playing deviations and includes a full game to practice your skills. Pay extra for access to premium drills.
[ Blackjack Training Drills ]

Blackjack Apprenticeship. Card Counting Trainer App. c2015 (IOS)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended. Teaches basic strategy, counting, true count conversion, deviations and let you practice implementing a bet spread.
[ Card Counting Trainer App ]

Blackjack Apprenticeship. Pro Betting Software. c2020?
Review TBD. Included with a membership to Blackjack Apprenticeship.
[ BJA Pro Betting Software ] [ Vimeo ]

Blackjack Apprenticeship. Results Tracker Pro. c20??. (WIN Excel)
Review TBD. Keep track of every second you play and every penny you win. Keeps average $/hr as well, charts your progress, and includes a printable results sheet to carry to casinos with you.
[ Results Tracker Pro ]

Blackjack Apprenticeship. Team Tracker Pro. 20??. (WIN Excel)
Review TBD. Keep track of sessions, players, and investors for a team of 2 to 100. Account for money being transferred between players and keep track of how much each player should have at any given moment.
[ Team Tracker Pro ]

Casinos Plus. Blackjack Tutor. c1990. (IBM)
Review TBD. In addition to the typical Play Mode this program has a Tutor Mode. The player selects the type of dealer he wishes to learn against and a “table search” is performed to load in the proper strategy to be taught. Borderline decisions are indicated.
[ 91 The Overlay – Gambler’s Book Club Vol.6,#3 ]

Casino Master by CentronCentron Software. Casino Master. Boca Raton, FL; c1992. (MAC, WIN)
Thumbs Up– Not recommended. Includes five casino games: blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette and video poker. The blackjack portion is called Blackjack Ace. From the advertising, “Includes a complete casino tutorial with rules and strategies for all games. All games have onscreen help and advice, plus video instruction, by noted professional gambler and teacher John Patrick. ”  Need I say more?
[ 11/92 Olsen Review BJC 28 ]

DeepNet BlackjackDeepNet Technologies. Blackjack Training Software. Kitchener, Ontario Canada, c2000 – 2021. (Palm, WIN, PocketPC, IOS, Android)
star.gif– Excellent. Highly recommended. Created by Dan Pronovost, this is a set of software tools for Windows and handheld devices. Products available include Blackjack Mentor, Blackjack Counter, Blackjack Expert and Blackjack Audit. The original DeepNet promotional material (which may be out-of-date) describes the set of tools as follows: 1. Start with Blackjack Mentor, our popular Basic Strategy trainer. Learn the right plays in Drill Mode, Table mode, and Memorize mode. Packed with advanced features, including built-in tables for popular casinos variations, or enter your own tables! 2. Once you’ve mastered Basic Strategy, move up to Blackjack Counter, our advanced Card Counting trainer. Even if you’ve never counted cards before, Blackjack Counter has everything you need built-in to get started: many popular count systems, and a complete 40 page tutorial and introduction to card counting with our software. For experts, Blackjack Counter is unmatched in the wealth of features: enter your own systems, supports balanced/unbalanced counts, betting levels, full indices, etc. Blackjack Smart Blackjack Bundle by DeepNetCounter has every feature of Blackjack Mentor built-in. 3. Blackjack Expert is our most advanced training tool, testing everything you’ve learned in one place. Built to work with Blackjack Counter, BJ Expert is a full Blackjack game and simulator that tests every action you take for correctness as you play Blackjack against the computer. The program is packed with options and features to support virtually all popular Blackjack casino variations, and let’s you choose which parts of your game to test (basic actions, indices, betting, insurance). Although BJ Expert can be used by itself as a Blackjack game only, you will need to purchase Blackjack Counter if you want to use it as a training tool and test your plays for correctness. This software has evolved over the years and is now available for IOS and Android devices. Stanford Wong gives it a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars: “A great set of training tools for novice to serious professionals.”

Elite Software. Blackjack Master. Pittsburg, PA; c1990 (IBM)
Review TBD. Supports up to 4 players. Includes a card count display/window. Simulate up to 37,000 hands per hour.

ET Fan. SIMSIMP. c1990s. (BASIC)
Review TBD. SIMSIMP is a BASIC language blackjack SIMulator program with an emphasis on SIMPlicity and readability. The concept is to provide a serious research tool, and a fast, free simulation program together in one package. Source code compatible with QBasic and FirstBasic – a highly regarded shareware BASIC compiler available at

SmartCards by Extreme BlackjackExtreme Blackjack. SmartCards. c2000. (WIN / WIN10)
Thumbs Up– Excellent. Recommended. SmartCards provided, for its time, one of the best card counting training tools available anywhere. It is not a home blackjack game, but a professional software tool that builds the skills you need to beat the game consistently. SmartCards does this by providing a large range of exercises and practice environments. It supports virtually any card counting system, with features not found in many other practice programs. MORE INFO | RELATED DOCUMENTATION
[ Fall 99 Snyder BJF 109 ] [ BJRNET: SmartCards ]

Queen of Cards. Learning Winning Blackjack. Phoenix, AZ; c1980. ???
Review TBD. According to John Eaton (see public domain software below) this program is believed to have been rewritten from the original Ken Uston’s Blackjack software.

Microillusions. Blackjack Academy. Granada Hills, CA; c1987 (IBM, AMIGA, MAC)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended for play only. The AMIGA version had excellent graphics, was mouse driven and easy to play. Supported up to 5 players and allowed the user to change some rules. Included the surrender option. The version I tested had a few bugs but it is fine as a game only. Version tested paid off a ten and ace after splitting aces at 3 to 2 which is incorrect.

Blackjack Academy


Masque BlackjackMasque Publishing Co. Masque Blackjack. Englewood, CO; 1988 – 1992, 1993. (IBM, WIN)
Thumbs Up– Very good. Recommended for its time. Allows you to practice card counting, set-up options and analyze up to 1,000,000 hands. Provides a special segment of the 102 hands most likely to give you trouble. Includes 86 page book. Version reviewed used only the Hi-Lo count. Available for MS-DOS and Windows 3.0 or higher.  Appears to be an upgraded version of the MicroAce Blackjack software mentioned below.
[ BACK COVER ] [ 10/92 Saugen Review BJC 32 ] [ 93 Vol.6, No.8 GBC Overlay 8 ]

MicroAce BlackjackMicroace. MicroAce Blackjack. Englewood, CO; 1988, 1989. (IBM)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended for its time. Includes complete strategies for basic single deck and multiple deck play. All strategies developed by J. Braun. Manual (86 pages) explains the game and strategies. Includes a card count flash training aid. Player and dealer odds calculated with each card dealt.
[ 3/90 Snyder BJF ] [ BACK COVER ]

New World Computing. More Vegas Games. ??? 1993. (IBM Windows)
Review TBD. Subtitled, Entertainment Pack for Windows. In addition to a single deck blackjack game, this software includes craps, video poker, baccarat, and mechanical horse racing.

Championship BlackjackPC Software. Championship Blackjack. San Diego, CA; c1982 (IBM)
Review TBD. A training program for card counters. Supports 0 to 6 players and 1-8 decks.
[ 82 Braun C&S Vol.20, 37 ] [ WIKIPEDIA ]

Sage BlackjackSage Software. Sage Blackjack. MicroAce, Huntsville, AL; 1995 (IBM Windows)
Review TBD. Subtitled, “The ultimate casino blackjack simulator and analyzer!”  From the back cover, up to 7 players can play and you can play any hand or have the computer play them based upon a strategy you define.  House rules can be changed including number of decks, the type of shuffle and more.  Some card counting features are included. 


International Blackjack ProfessionalScreenplay / Gambling Times. Ken Uston’s Professional Blackjack. Hollywood, CA; c19??. (IBM, ATARI, C64, APPLE II)
Review TBD. Simulates most house rules and game variations. Includes card counting exercises.
[ 12/83 Wong BJW Vol.5,203 ]

Simplicent. Learn Pro Blackjack. c2011 (IOS, Android)
Review TBD. Practice software.

Simulation Systems. Professional Blackjack Simulator. One Canterbury Green, Stamford, CT 06901, (800) 252-5525, (203) 358-0050; 1989. (IBM)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended as a basic strategy training aid. A future version promised to include card counting strategies.

Skylight Software
. Blackjack for Windows (WinBJ)
(Win 3.1)

Review TBD.
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SSSL. Better Blackjack. 40 N. Stonington, S. Laguna, CA. (IBM)
Thumbs UpReview TBD. Seen advertised in Blackjack Forum. Use 1 to 8 decks. Rule and penetration variations. You input your card values. Displays true and running counts, simulates multiple players at table.
[ 3/90 BJF 51 ]

Stone & Assoc. Championship Blackjack. c1993 (IBM)
Thumbs UpReview TBD. Seen reviewed in Blackjack Confidential. Reports to have a good tournament blackjack playing mode. Includes Braun’s Hi-Lo strategy. Play with up to 6 computer or live players, single or multi-deck up to 8 decks. Includes drill and practice sessions.
[ 8/93 Olsen BJC ]

Real BlackjackVilla Crespo Software. Edward O. Thorp’s Real Blackjack. Highland Park, IL; 1990. (IBM)
Thumbs Up– Not recommended. This program allows up to six positions that can be played by the player or the computer. Playing and betting styles are programmable to fixed, random, progressive or card-count (Hi-Lo) based. Online rules and tutor available. Attractive but too many restrictions.
[ 9/90 Snyder BJF ] [ 91 The Overlay – Gambler’s Book Club Vol.6,#3 ]

Window Ware. High Roller: Six Vegas Games for Windows. St. Paul, MN; 1993. (IBM Windows)
Review TBD. Includes video poker, video slots, blackjack and table roulette. Blackjack game allows you to use only one deck and you can bet between 1 to 5 “credits.” Splitting pairs, insurance, doubling and surrender supported.

Windows BlackjackWindow Ware. Windows Blackjack. St. Paul, MN; 1992, 1993. (IBM)
Thumbs Up– Not recommended. Labeled with “New Horizon” and “Wizard Works”.  One of those first of its kind software products for the Microsoft Windows environment. Includes pull down menus, “dazzling” VGA graphics, sound blaster support and the ability to play one of four hands or have the computer play them all. Screen displays the count (your input) and odds of player or dealer making 17 or busting. Playing strategies may be modified. Includes card counting drill with one card displayed on screen (3 sec to 1/10 sec per card). Includes 57-page manual with questionable advice on zero proximity betting, card clumping and table selection.

Queen of Cards. Winning Blackjack. Phoenix, AZ; c1989. (Apple?)
Review TBD.

Workware Company. Vegas Pro Blackjack. c1990? (IBM)
Review TBD. Use running or true counts and install card counting values and strategy tables for each of 1 to 6 positions. Thus, you can test different systems against each other. Tutor Mode can be used at any position when you play it yourself. In Card Sharp Mode you can practice or research particular kinds of hands (e.g., only soft hands or hands in a given range). Provides 4 kinds of reports on any system or on your personal play.
[ 91 The Overlay – Gambler’s Book Club Vol.6,#3 ]


Blackjack Conquest. (IBM)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended. A good card counting practice program most useful to single deck players.
[ 6/89, 9/89 Snyder BJF ] [ 9/90 Snyder Version 3.3 Review BJF ]

Blackjack Counter Attack. (IBM) ???
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended. A training program for card counters by the same company that developed Blackjack Conquest.
[ 12/89 Snyder BJF ] [ 9/90 Snyder Version 3.3 BJF ]

Blackjack Game Plan (WIN 3+)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended. Similar to John Austin’s Blackjack Risk Manager, this software can help card counters devise a betting strategy based on their bankroll and risk tolerance.
[ Win 97 Snyder BJF 110 ]

Blackjack Tutor. c1980’s (IBM, APPLE II, C64, TRS-80?) Available through Jerry Patterson.
Thumbs Up– A program for card counters. Includes the hi-lo card counting system.
[ 90 Patterson BJ: A Winner’s Handbook 117,249 ]

IBPInternational Blackjack Professional. (IBJ) ??? c1990s. (WIN)
Thumbs Up– A blackjack trainer and simulation package. Includes support for all rules, comprehensive statistics, interactive help, in-build graphing and its own unique fully programmable betting strategy language. It comes pre-configured to run ‘Las Vegas’ rules, but any other rules set-up may be loaded or using the built in configuration features, you can set-up any casino table conditions you like. During play up to Seven table positions may be played, with each position being played either manually or automatically. Table positions that play automatically, can be configured to play in any style.
[ ARCHIVE: 2001] 

Odyssey 21 BlackjackOdyssey 2 – Las Vegas Blackjack. North American Philips Consumer Electronics / Magnavox; 1978 (ODYSSEY)
– The Magnavox Odyssey was the first commercial home video game console. It was developed by a small team led by Ralph H. Baer at Sanders Associates and released by Magnavox in the United States in September 1972.  This was a cartridge based console game.
[ WIKIPEDIA: Magnavox Odyssey ] [ ARCHIVE: Odyssey 2 Blackjack Game Manual ]

Stonet BlackjackStonet Blackjack. c2003. (WIN)
Review TBD. ???
[ ARCHIVE: 2003 ]

Video BlackjackVideo Blackjack. c2000? (WIN)
Review TBD. First seen in an Ebay auction listing. Appears to be software that resembles many of the video blackjack machines available.

WinBJ. c1996? (WIN)
Thumbs Up– Good. Recommended. From Belgium??? Seen reviewed in Blackjack Forum. Arnold Snyder gave this a great review: “This program is incredible. WinBJ uses the statistical analysis methods proposed by Peter Griffin...”.
[ Win 96 BJF 07 ]


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  1. Hi Michael. I was wondering if you could assist me with a question re Stanford Wong’s Blackjack Count Analyzer. I have a copy of the original version (2.0) which used to run on my old machine. Unfortunately that old machine died and I can’t get BCA to run on my new Windows 10 machine. Do you perhaps know if there is a newer version that is compatible with Windows 10 and where/who I can contact to download a copy as I’m struggling to find a link online. Kind regards Gary

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