All about Blackjack

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Blackjack is the only game in the casino where the player can actually acquire an edge. Unlike other games where the player has a disadvantage on every turn, blackjack is different, with the advantage constantly shifting from player to casino, as cards are played from the deck or shoe. The author pin-points what to look for, and how to take advantage of "tracking" the cards, without the work and headaches usually associated with "card-counting." Other "beginner" books on blackjack that do not deal with counting, ...
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Overview

Blackjack is the only game in the casino where the player can actually acquire an edge. Unlike other games where the player has a disadvantage on every turn, blackjack is different, with the advantage constantly shifting from player to casino, as cards are played from the deck or shoe. The author pin-points what to look for, and how to take advantage of "tracking" the cards, without the work and headaches usually associated with "card-counting." Other "beginner" books on blackjack that do not deal with counting, present a serious compromise to the reader. All About Blackjack offers what is perhaps the easiest and most effective introduction to an otherwise complex game. Some of the important information about how the game is played has been excerpted from Mr. Gollehon's nationally advertised bestseller, Pay the Line...tested, established, and proven among thousands of readers. Unlike the casino "classes" and "how to play" booklets that are biased and incomplete, the author gives you a solid foundation, and more importantly, wants you to win!
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399514616
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1987
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Blackjack, How to Learn the Game 1
The Best Game in the Casino 2
Player Reluctance 3
Knowing How to Play Isn't Enough 4
2 The Basic Game 6
Object of the Game 7
Blackjack Pays 3 to 2 9
Insurance 9
Hit or Stand Motions 10
Splitting 12
Double Down 14
Surrender 15
A Soft Hand 16
3 Basic Strategy 18
Stiff and Pat Hands 18
Player Draws First 19
Good Cards and Bad Cards 20
Basic Strategy Depends on the Dealer's Up-Card 21
Hit Or Stand Strategy for Stiffs 21
Hard Double Down Strategy 23
Splitting Strategy 24
Soft Hand Strategy 26
Surrender Strategy 27
Practice Your "Skill" 28
The Advantage of Basic Strategy 28
4 Counting the Cards 33
History of Counting 35
The Basis of Counting 35
The Point Count 36
Counting Has Two Advantages 37
Counting Is Too Important for Even a Beginner to Ignore 39
A Counting "Over-View" 39
Count Without Actually Counting 40
How to Bet Using Over-View 41
Single-Deck vs. the Shoe 43
A Comparison of Playing Conditions in Atlantic City and Nevada 44
5 How to Bet 46
Betting Progressions 46
A Common Rule of Betting 47
Bet Safely 48
Tipping At the Tables 50
6 Things You Must Do 55
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