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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    This is the third edition I've bought and it's even better than

    This is the third edition I've bought and it's even better than before. I love the new color coded strategy chart and the new card analysis methods that are so much easier than anything I've ever seen before - especially the "Likes and Dislikes" method. The new information in the splitting, doubling and stiffs chapter is also incredibly useful and unlike anything I've read in any other blackjack book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010


    I was very disappointed with this book. The author spends all of his time telling you what he is going to teach you, or what he taught you in other books, but never seems to get around to teaching you anything.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    Cut your losses....Make Money Grow

    Well..........I must say that I just recently started gambling about 1 1/2 years ago. I have read many books about gambling and more specificaly.....Blackjack. I believe this is the only game anyone should play in a casino. This book has made my Blackjack play much more profitable.........and is a must have for anyone that plays Blackjack. DO NOT PLAY AGAIN TILL YOU READ THE CHAPTER ON THE X-FACTOR.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    Interesting book with new ideas, with some questionable mathematics

    I bought this book a few weeks ago at a Barnes and Noble in Norwalk, Connecticut. . .I have played blackjack successfully for about four years now, using an impressionistic card reading technique that resembles some of the 'non counting' principles in this book. . .I have also read about 60 books on BJ published in the past 30 years. In this book, 'Blackjack the Smart Way' Mr. Harvey raises some good strategic points and unique strategic questions that are not usually raised by the vast majority of authors and/or winning players. For instance, he cites some weaknesses in the card counter's ability to predict the immediate flow of impending cards and he also cites some warnings against standardized doubling down and splitting situations and further provides players with some useful ways to measure 'good and bad BJ games in progress'. While Mr. Harvey also offers an interesting wagering strategy that could be employed by above average players, major questions must be raised about Mr. Harvey's mathematical explanations for several plays that go strongly against the grain of numerous computer studies. For instance, Mr. Harvey states that it is a mistake to DOUBLE 10 AGAINST A DEALER'S EIGHT, because as he states on page 96: 'My studies indicate here, that you need to draw a NINE, ONE OF THE FOUR TENS, OR AN ACE to beat the dealer's EIGHT, which more than not draws an EIGHTEEN OR GREATER. (The capitalized emphasis is mine, not Harvey's.) 'You'd have at best,' continues Harvey, 'approximaterly a 46 percent chance of winning, limited to one hit card.' This is not however what is mathematically so. As demonstrated in numerous proofs, such as the data provided in Bill Brown's '190,000,000 hands of Blackjack,' published in 1993, by Casino Plus: The stats published in that book categorically reveal a net profitable difference of 10 PERCENT gained from doubling TEN against EIGHT vrs. a straight hit. (The stats say that both situations produce a net win, but doubling down increases the net win by about 10 percent.) Further, in Lawrence Revere's seminal 'Playing Blackjack as a Business', re-published in 1980 by Lyle Stuart, ample computer generated charts are presented to indicate that the dealer will make a hand of NINETEEN, TWENTY, OR TWENTY-ONE from his face up EIGHT about 27 percent of the time. As Revere points out, the player figures to draw a TEN AND/OR AN ACE 40 percent of the time (for a total of TWENTY OR TWENTY ONE) and a NINE, 8 percent of the time (for a total of NINETEEN) and he further points out that the dealer will bust about 24 percent of the time with an EIGHT showing. All this hardly hardly adds up to just a 46 percent win for any player who regularly doubles with TEN vrs. an EIGHT. (Mr. Harvey later goes into the merits of knowing whether the card count is positive or negative to help guide such a decision, but his statement presented on page 96 was made independent of card counting and as a contradiction to 'traditional advice.' And there are other questionable strategmes based on Mr. Harvey's mathematical statements scattered throughout the book. Again---and I mean this sincerely--- I was personally pleased to see several good ideas put forth in this book. BJ the Smart Way hardly is a rehash of old ideas and is certainly worth review by others. But players should be cautioned against accepting blindly Mr.Harvey's mathematically based strategems which in some cases--as pointed out above-- go against the grain of many practically designed computer trials. I give it 3-1/2 stars, not four, or three as indicated above, because I do recommend reading it, with a measure of genuine skepticism./A Connecticut BJ Player.

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    Posted March 20, 2010

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