Blackjack Attack, 3rd Edition Review

This is the 3rd and last edition for author Don Schlesinger, of his Blackjack Attack books. It is his largest and probably best reference book, with well over 500 pages and more than 400 tables and charts.

The book includes a compilation of 13 years of articles that were published through Arnold Snyder’s Blackjack Forum.  The Blackjack Forum has been and still is a great resource for any level blackjack player. It also includes brand-new material that has never been published.

Being the third edition, it is targeted at the more advanced blackjack player.  If you’re a beginner or less experienced player, you might feel much of it is over your head.  Though it reviews the basics, it is for the player who understands basic concepts and is looking to get their game to that next level of  profitable blackjack on a consistent basis.

He has gotten contributions from some of the sharpest minds in blackjack research. Working together with these other experts, they explain how they’ve broken new ground in many different ways.  Through their research, they feel they have “The World’s Greatest Blackjack Simulation”  system.  It gives you the complete set of 8-deck charts, optimal betting ramps, risk-of-ruin equations, and how to test the formulas’ accuracy, providing the reader great new research.

What you will find new in this edition are chapters 9, 12, and 13.  Respectively, the enhanced SCORE (Standardized Comparison of Risk and Expectation), article, explaining the differences of various blackjack games and card counting systems, is new for chapter 9.  Chapter 12 takes you on a walk down the Vegas Strip, and Chapter 13 shows the research on shoe-departure points, as well as risk-averse strategies.  And there are new appendices with new and revised tables, strategy expectation tables, how rules variations can effect play, and much, much more.

As a final note, this “Ultimate Weapon” third edition of Blackjack Attack provides essentially all the tools that an advanced blackjack player should have in their arsenal of knowledge, to exact a full-out mugging on the casinos.

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Blackjack Bluebook II – Revised 2017 edition

  • Author: Fred Renzey
  • Originally published: 2006

This is a top rated book that covers everything from basic strategy to simple card counting, as in most books.  It’s another book that will take your game to the next level.  This revised edition gives new color strategy charts and advanced strategies on what comes after basic strategy. Many players consider it the new bible of blackjack, that should be in your library of blackjack books.  Click the link to purchase the Blackjack Bluebook II from Amazon.

 

Blackbelt in Blackjack-Playing 21 as a Martial Art

  • Author:  Arnold Snyder
  • Originally Published:  1983

Arnold Snyder is a highly regarded blackjack expert in the blackjack community.  He has authored several books and because I like his thoughts and ideas on his blackjack forum online website, I figured I’d start my more in depth learning with one of his books. Per the title, I thought it would be a fun read.  It does use a martial arts theme and is divided into three parts. It starts with basic blackjack methods and strategies, then teaches a couple of his famous card counting methods.  The last part is more advanced than needed because he details working within professional teams of blackjack players.

Being one of his first blackjack books, it is geared toward the beginner player, except the last section. It gives basic strategy, some card counting methods ad how to advance into building teams of blackjack players for maximum profit.  Some things are outdated at this point (remember it was first published in 1983) and don’t really apply with how the games is played today.  I felt that was okay though, because it lets you understand how the game has changed.  The card counting methods he explains are still used today, but there are definitely easier methods available today.  Any level of player can take something away from this book.

Blackbelt in Blackjack

The Big Book of Blackjack

  • Author:  Arnold Snyder
  • Originally Published: 2006

Being a fan of Arnold Snyder’s blackjack expertise, I decide to get this book as well.  Many readers have stated that this pretty much has all of Snyder’s blackjack knowledge in one place.  Considering this came out 23 years after “Blackbelt in Blackjack,” it of course is even more comprehensive and detailed than his earlier masterpiece.  Every topic is discussed in complete detail, including the history of blackjack. He actually covers quite a bit of the history of blackjack, more than you might want to really know.  If you only want to buy one book about blackjack, this should be it.  It has been dubbed “the blackjack bible” by professional blackjack players everywhere.

Big Book of Blackjack

Modern Card Counting: Blackjack

  • Author: Patrick Lisenmeyer

Learning how to count cards is what will take your game to the next level.  This book is easy to understand, clear, concise and will improve your game to the point where it will make the game more enjoyable because you’ll be winning more often than not.  As a pleasant and helpful bonus, it includes flash cards as visual aids for faster learning.  It gives you an in depth analysis of how card counting works and the strategies to use with card counting for a profitable evening of blackjack at the casino.  It’s not a waste of money.

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Strategy Card – Wallet sized, allowed at tables, great reference on what the correct play is in any situation.  Don’t have your table mates mad at you because you didn’t play with the correct strategy.  

 

Blackjack Verite Games – This is a practice app for Blackjack basic strategy and card counting designed to operate on tablets and smartphones.  The app supports more functionality than all other Blackjack apps put together.  It includes: Realistic graphics, playing strategies, betting strategies, strategies for unusual games like Spanish 21, Superfun 21, Blackjack Switch and more.  Full game customization in terms of 1-6 seat tables, dealer speed variance and more.  A must for card counters and anyone who wants to practice and understand many of the different blackjack games available.  It is worth the money if you want to be a serious blackjack player.

 

Blackjack for Blood

Bryce Carlson wrote this book for players to gain the edge at casinos, while mixing in actual stories of what the blackjack environment can be like for the professional gamble. It is a highly recommended book, especially helpful in improving your card counting skills, a vital requirement for profitable blackjack playing.  Great reviews on Amazon.

 

 

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