Counting Game: An Accountant Reveals How to Win at Blackjack

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Blackjack has long fascinated—and defeated—players who think they have the system to win. In Accountant in the House, author Alan Berg tells how he beat the odds at the blackjack tables again and again. Berg exposes the new tricks he discovered through his experiences and his strong relationship with statistics from his long career as a CPA. Unlike technical gambling manuals, Accountant in the House is written to aid players of all levels.

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Blackjack has long fascinated—and defeated—players who think they have the system to win. In Accountant in the House, author Alan Berg tells how he beat the odds at the blackjack tables again and again. Berg exposes the new tricks he discovered through his experiences and his strong relationship with statistics from his long career as a CPA. Unlike technical gambling manuals, Accountant in the House is written to aid players of all levels.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781569803349
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/16/2007
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

    The Wizard of Odds

    The author once received what I imagine would be the ultimate card shark compliment as he was being banned from yet another casino: "We're making a tape out of you."

    In "The Counting Game" Berg advises the reader how to improve the odds of winning at the only game in the House where those odds are even close to letting a player win: 21, or blackjack. He shares his system of counting cards - without illegal use of a computer - letting you know what constitutes favorable and unfavorable conditions; strategies for betting to maximize your winnings and minimize your losses (and you will have those); and how best to "cover" what you're doing from the prying casino's electronic and human eyes until that inevitable day when you are (politely) barred from their 21 table.

    For those who are comfortable around numbers, can memorize a few tables, and develop the mental agility and physical dexterity to follow his system for keeping track of the cards during the game, Berg lays out a clear path to repeating his success. He provides a master plan of play for those with a head for it. I don't possess one of those, and I am risk averse, so I found myself simply enjoying the knowledge of what it takes to win. The reason I was drawn to this book is because I know the author. I especially liked reading about his cat-and-mouse game of trying to hide how good he was, and the depiction of the casino lifestyle: the details of the extravagant way the casinos comp heavy bettors with VIP treatment to get their business - until the casino folks figure out who's a poor investment because he's beating the odds over time. Berg tells you about some of the good games in the world, and shares some of the numerous requests for his departure. It's an excellent read with an appealing "you are there" quality to it, and even the instruction has a conversational tone.

    "Don't take your betting lessons from 'Rain Man,'" Berg advises. He dispels Hollywood myths (he's never seen anyone being cheated nor apparently experienced any brass knuckles). He shares his mistakes as well as his victories, and teaches you the customs of this scene and the proper deportment within it. Being an accountant, he even lets you know the tax rules for reporting the wins, the losses, and the complimentary goodies. I suggest before you try to master his system, that you read "Chapter 23: The Essential Ingredients of Success," to see if you're a good candidate for putting this book to practical use. In it he lays out the potential costs and helps you assess whether you have what it takes, both in nature and wherewithal, to attempt this. And he urges the reader to maintain perspective - "Remember, it's just a game."

    "Never tell me the odds," Han Solo said during a harrowing escape, before, naturally, beating them. Berg ignores this admonition, and lets you know exactly what the odds are at these games of chance. I think the price of publishing this book must be his banishment from most of today's casinos, but if I'm right, his loss may be your gain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

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    Alan Berg's first book is a great one: he has down-to- earth style which is very enjoyable to read. His intelligence is pretty amazing too, having figured out all he has about the statistics of gambling. That was complex, but well laid out, and explained well, too. His stories are the best, though - his narrative style is very easy to read, and very engaging I was drawn in the minute I started the book. This is his first book, and here's hoping he writes a bunch more. He's got a really nice talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    A reviewer

    I am just a normal person who enjoys the game and wanted to have a better idea of how the pro's do it. The author did a great job of teaching his skills. But was also entertaining. I feel that with practice I could actually win more often and still enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    An Act of Charity

    If you are in it for the money, buy this book, quit your day job and start playing blackjack. The Counting Game is nothing short of a charitable act on the part of author Alan Berg - although I suspect North American casinos don't see it that way!

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    Posted January 16, 2009

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