W … is for Wong


Waco “21 Black Jack”. This is a Radio Shack battery operated game (made in Japan) that has 5 buttons and a slot machine type handle. You press two red buttons to pick your first two cards and then you press up to three more buttons to hit your hand. You can’t simulate the dealer unless you use another game unit. Splitting pairs doesn’t work too well either.

wager. See bet.

warp. A way in which a card may be bent due to the policies of dealing and dealer checking for naturals. Aces and ten-valued cards can sometimes be distinguishable from other cards by their warps. See warp play.
[ 78 Wong Winning Without Counting ]
[ 90 Patterson Blackjack: A Winning Handbook 75 ]

warp play. {WPS}. (Stanford Wong). The strategy of using information from warped or bent cards to play the hand. Warp play is usually possible only if dealers peek under tens and aces.
[ 78 Wong Winning Without Counting 111 ]
[ 92 Wong Basic Blackjack ]

wash. 1) When a fresh pack (or packs) of cards is removed from a sealed package and introduced into play through a predetermined procedure. Washing by itself will usually not randomly mix the cards but rather will clump families of cards together. 2) In casinos that use plastic cards, they literally wash the cards at the end of each shift or day.
[ 1/88 Moore Why the Wash Doesn’t… GT 34 ]

Washington.  In 2016, Washington had 70 casinos with over 400 blackjack tables.
[ https://www.qfit.com/maps.shtml ]

Washington Rules. <<< HISTORICAL LINK ONLY

Washington Solos.  A blackjack team. TBD

Wasserman, Dr. JohnOne of the many aliases Ken Uston used during his blackjack career.   See Daniel Saunders.
[ 79 Uston One Third of a Shoe ]
[ 4/16/79 Sports Illustrated ]

Watson Sum-Plus-One. {TCS}. See Sum-Plus-One.

Norm WattenbergerWattenberger, NormAuthor of the best selling software from QFIT.com and card-counting.com.  According to his online bio Norm began card counting in the mid-1970s and began distributing blackjack software used by card counters in the mid-1990s.  Author of the book Modern Blackjack. See Software Reviews.
[ http://www.blackjacktheforum.com ]

WBN. Acronym for Wong’s Blackjack News, which was later renamed Current Blackjack News.

WBT. See World Blackjack Tour.

WCB. An NBJ acronym for World Class Blackjack.

Web. See Internet.

WGBJB. Acronym for Humble and Cooper’s book The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book.

whale. A casino expression for a high-roller with lots of money to gamble.  We are talking lots of money here folks.

white belt. (GB) A reference to one of the restricted member’s only pages on Arnold Snyder’s Blackjack Forum web site. See green belt.
[ http://www.rge21.com ]

WikipediaWikipedia Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects. Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.  There is a considerable amount of user edited blackjack information here so please use caution when browsing the site.  The Blackjack Review Network has created a Wikipedia Resources page that includes a few of the top blackjack categories for your review.
[ https://www.blackjackreview.com/wp/wikipedia/ ]
[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page ]

Wild Aces A blackjack side bet.  If your first card is an Ace you can make the Wild Aces side bet up to your original wager or $100, whichever is less.  If your second card is any 10 valued card then your Wild Aces bet will pay 2 to 1.  In other words, it is similar to taking insurance.
[ http://wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/appendix/8/ ]

wild card. See jokers.

Willis, Jane.  (Born 1970) A former member of the MIT Blackjack Team
http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/21mitblackjack.php ]

Wilson, Allan N.. (1924 – 2001) Born July 21, 1924.  A mathematician at General Dynamics in San Diego, California when he became one of the early computer analysts of blackjack prior to the publication of Beat the DealerA previous nominee for the Blackjack Hall of Fame.  Author of the classic book The Casino Gambler’s Guide.  Allan Wilson passed away on June 5, 2001. See Wilson Point-Count.
[ http://bj21.com/boards/free/free_board/index.cgi?noframes;read=140688 ]
[ Fall 2001 Snyder Blackjack Forum 113 ]

Wilson Point-Count. {PCS/L1}. (WPC) (Allan Wilson). Significant preliminary work in developing a winning blackjack strategy. Generally unknown until 1965.

A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
4 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 1

BC = -.79 PE = .02

[70 Wilson Casino Gambler’s Guide]

win. As in to win a hand. On average, the basic strategy player will win about 43% of all hands played. See lose and push.

Win At Blackjack System. See Grant System.

Win Cards. {BS}. (1987). Gaming International, Stateline, NV. These are plastic basic strategy spin cards for beginners and often distributed within major casinos. Cards are available for blackjack, craps, and roulette. These cards, as well as other strategy charts offered by casinos, have typically been incorrect in many plays, although the mistakes generally are of a minor nature.
[3/89 Blackjack Confidential 28]

win/loss. As in win/loss ratio.  A mathematical term that reflects the ratio between the total amount of wins divided by the total amount of losses.

win rate. A player’s long-run expectation. Generally expressed in dollars/hour, dollars/hands played or in percent form. See casino win rate.

window. A spooking term for the space through which the value of the dealer’s hole-card is seen, usually (with a right-handed dealer) between the left side of the dealer’s body and his left upper-arm.
[ 81 Uston Million Dollar Blackjack 322 ]

Winning Blackjack. {BS}. (Wayne Young)
[ 88 Watson Beating Casino’s Blackjack 92 ]

Winning Gambler’s Pocket Computer. {BS}. (c1979) (Stanley Roberts) Scientific Research Services, Hollywood, CA. Consisted of pre-printed tables that reveal the correct strategy of play when the user pulls the card forward or backward.
[ 79 Casino & Sports Vol.8,69 ]

wired. To have a good hand such as a 20.
[ 81 Uston Million Dollar Blackjack 322 ]

Wisconsin.  In 2016, Wisconsin had 14 casinos with over 170 blackjack tables.
[ https://www.qfit.com/maps.shtml ]

Wisconsin rules. <<< HISTORIC LINK ONLY

The Wizard of Oddsaka Michael Shackleford.  WizardofOdds.com is a great website with good advice on playing casino games and lots of odds of course.  According to his bio: Michael Shackleford is a professional actuary who has made a career of analyzing casino games. He has run the numbers on many new games for casinos and game developers and has helped design many of the popular slot machines on the Internet. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Casino Math at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a former contributing editor to Casino Player magazine, and the author of the book Gambling 102, published by Huntington Press. The Wizard’s landmark research into the actual returns of slot machines on the Las Vegas strip garnered international attention in 2002, and he has appeared numerous times on national television as a recognized expert on gambling strategy.  This site was purchased by Joshua Chan and the LCB Network in 2014.
[ http://www.wizardofodds.com ]
[ http://calvinayre.com/2014/09/19/business/the-lcb-network-acquires-wizard-of-odds-for-2-35-million/ ]

WLPC. Acronym for the Blackjack Switch classification system: WinnerLoserPushChance.  Coined by Arnold Snyder and discussed in his book Big Book of Blackjack.
[ 2012 Snyder The Big Book of Blackjack 245 ]

women. See female players.

Stanford WongWong, Stanford.  aka John Ferguson.  Author of several blackjack books including Professional Blackjack, Blackjack Secrets, and Basic Blackjack.  Publisher of Current Blackjack News.  Editor of the Blackjack Pages website.   A 2002 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame. From his bio, “When he was in graduate school, playing blackjack was his major source of income, and he stayed in school long enough to earn a Ph.D. from Stanford. He published his first book, Professional Blackjack, in 1975 while a student at Stanford. … BJ21.com is devoted to discussion of getting an edge at casino games.”  See Reports. See BJ21.com.
[ http://www.bj21.com ]
[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackjack_Hall_of_Fame ]
[ http://www.blackjackbomb.com/stanford-wong/ ]
[ Photo credit: Stanford Wong interview in the Hot Shoe ]

Wong, Wonging. {CS}. A method of betting coined by Atlantic City card counters in the late 70’s after the style of play blackjack expert Stanford Wong proposed and used. Wonging refers to back counting at a table until the count is very positive. A single bet (or a few sequences of bets) is then made at or near the table maximum. A bet spread is therefore not required since all bets are made when the count is strongly positive. See hit and run. See table hopping.
[ 81 Wong Professional Blackjack 68 ]
[ 83 Snyder Blackbelt in Blackjack 66 ]
[ 93 Wong Blackjack Secrets ]

star.gif (5411 bytes)Wong High-Low. {PCS/L1}. (Stanford Wong) (c1977). See Hi-Lo.

A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
-1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 -1

BC = .97 PE = .51

[ 80 Braun Casino & Sports Vol.10,39 ]
[ 81 Wong Professional Blackjack ]
[ 93 Wong Blackjack Secrets ]

star.gif (5411 bytes)Wong Halves. {PCS/L3}. (Stanford Wong) (c1977).

A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
-1 .5 1 1 1.5 1 .5 0 -.5 -1

BE = .99 PE = .57

[ 81 Wong Professional Blackjack ]

Word Association. A team play term refering to the use of associated words or phrases with the running count. For example, a spotter might signal a big player to the table and then make a comment. That comment will have a word or phrase that discloses the count to the player.

World Blackjack Tour. (WBT) A Game Show Network (GSN) program that premiered in 2006, and broadcast from the Las Vegas Hilton. Ben Mezrich, author of the book Bringing Down the House, was one of the hosts.
[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Blackjack_Tour ]

World Series of Blackjack. (WSOB) A televised blackjack tournament created and produced by the Game Show Network (GSN). This was a closed tournament where players were either invited to play or won a spot in a satellite tournament. Max Rubin provided commentary for the first two seasons.
[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Series_of_Blackjack ]

WPC. Acronym for Wilson Point Count.

WSOB. See World Series of Blackjack.

W.W. System. {PBS}. TBD

W/L. An abbreviation for win/loss.


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