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How to Win at Casino Gambling based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I quickly browsed the blackjack and poker chapters. The blackjack section contains glaring obvious mistakes and errors that the previous reviewer already pointed out. The poker section has a chart that ranks the different possible poker hands and the chart is completely WRONG! To make an error like this on something so fundamental shows and unbelievable amount of ignorance of writing and editing.
I bought How to Win at Casino Gambling looking for a book to explain basic blackjack strategy. The blackjack chapter is SO full of inconsistencies that it brings the book's entire contents into question. Let me explain the situation further. The blackjack chapter has a section which explains the basic strategy in the form of rules for certain situations: hitting & standing, doubling down, splitting pairs, and what to do with soft totals. These rules are explained in phrase form. At the end of the section, though, is a chart that summarizes these text-based rules. However, the text rules and the chart rules do not match up! Some examples: p.36: The text-based rule states "Stand if the player cards total 12 through 16 and the dealer shows Two through Six" but the chart tells us that the player should hit if their cards total 12 and the dealer shows a 2 or 3. p.37 The text-based rule states "Double down when the player's cards total Nine and the dealer shows a Four, Five, or Six" but the chart shows that the player should double down on a 9 total and the dealer shows a 3, 4, 5, or 6. p.38 The text-based rule states "Split Sixes when the dealer shows a Three through Six" but the chart tells us to split 6's on a dealer 2 through 6. The text-based rule states "Never split Fours, Fives, or Tens." That seems pretty clear-cut, but the chart has the player splitting 4's on a dealer 5 or 6! The text-based rule states "Split Twos and Threes only when the dealer shows a Four through Seven." Again, that seems like a cut-and-dried rule, but the chart shows the player splitting 2's and 3's when the dealer shows 2 through 7! p.39 The text-based rule states "Split Sevens when the dealer shows Three through Seven" but the chart shows the player splitting 7's on the dealer showing 2 through 7. The text-based rule states "Split Nines when the dealer shows Two through Six, Eight or Nine." Now, Mr. Gros went to lengths to exclude splitting 9's on the dealer showing a 7, but the chart shows the player splitting 9's on a dealer's 2 through 9, including a dealer 7! Like I said, I only bought the book for an explanation of blackjack strategy, so I do not know if the other sections are as full of editorial slips as the blackjack section. This is the only book on gambling strategy I've read, so I do not know if there are any better out there, but I'm pretty sure there can't be much worse!