INTRODUCTION TO BLACKJACK AND TWENTY-ONE
INTRODUCTION to BLACKJACK & TWENTYONE
A twenty-one introduction is probably not the right thing for an experienced player. I agree. There are many excellent books on the market that will guide the beginner through the rules. You should also read the Rules of the Game section if you want to get a good introduction to the game.
Blackjack is a favorite of mine. This game of luck and money is a challenge to my mind. It allows me the opportunity to take on the role of a foreign agent. Yes, my winning streak is real. Yes, I can use several winning methods to exploit this card game. No, I have not made a fortune playing blackjack yet. I am a long-term player. I take the risks and understand how win rates and standard deviation work. This has allowed me to develop a money management1) strategy. I have been fortunate to be able to spend enough money to pay for my trips to Las Vegas. Reno, Lake Tahoe and the Caribbean. I’m not always lucky. I also have my moments of big wins. I am able to keep records of each casino and table I play at so that I can verify that I have been correct and have made approximately 1% on all my winnings.
My recommendations are unbiased. I’ve tried to avoid controversial2) strategies and subjects. Let me first recommend a book, which I doubt is controversial in any other sense. Chambliss & Roginski’s Fundamentals of Blackjack was written in 1990 by two highly qualified scientist. It contains one of most comprehensive and complete explanations of the game of twenty one that I have ever seen. The market has a few other books that are essential reading for serious blackjack players. They provide valid3) and detailed information about how to make the most of this game’s potential profits. These books are in alphabetical order.
Numerous other excellent books on today’s game have been published in 2000. You can find additional recommendations in the book review section.
Before players are able to investigate the controversial ideas regarding the effects of nonrandom shuffles, I think they need to have a solid understanding of the classic aspects of the game. These include the fundamental strategies of play, rules variations, and theory behind card counting. A traditional view of a game should help players recognize its merits and draw the line between it being good and bad. Players should have a solid money management plan. They should also understand the concepts behind standard deviation, win rates, expectations, and win rates. Players must also practice self-discipline, which includes keeping records of each table and casino visited. The last thing players need to understand is that they must be able manipulate casino personnel to make a table favorable, or at least to continue a favorable position. Introduction to Blackjack