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This book is about playing Backjack, and the thinking behind the playing of Blackjack. Every gambling game in the world requires it's own set of "skills" in approaching and playing one's chosen game. Every gambling game is a matter of luck. One difference between the casual person playing for fun and the gambler who plays with the sole intent of making money is the self trained skill of recognizing when luck is occurring on your side. A skilled Blackjack player can potentially play each session of Blackjack player can potentially play each session of Blackjack long enough to determine if he or she should remain playing, waiting to see if a win is going to result or if the rare major big win is going to hit. That same player also knows how to recognize when it is time to quit any session of Blackjack and move on. Philosophies of Blackjack is a fun study of the thinking that can be a real asset to the player who wants to approach the game with the intent and expectation of walking away from the Blackjack tables with some or a whole bunch of the casino's money to call their own.
This book is both for the weekend visitor to a casino playing casually and hoping to go home with a few extra dollars, and the serious player for whom playing Blackjack is a means and not an end.
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This book is different than the normal discussions regarding playing the game of blackjack in large to medium casinos. There is a chapter that discusses the specifics of the game, how it is played, when to take a hit from the dealer and when to stay. However, the author is clear that this is not the subject that he wants you to take with you after reading the book. The "Philosophies of Blackjack" is about whether to play the game and when to walk away from the table. It is for the more serious gambler who wants to try to make some money from the game. The author has, obviously, played the game seriously and separates that from the casual player who is just having fun and doesn't give great stock in winning or losing. It is written by a "teacher" who wants to express a point and then reinforce that point. When gambling, learn to know instinctively when you are "hot" and how to place bets during that time. It is well worth reading.