looking for a book for Christmas
  • Trying to find a book for a casual player as a Christmas gift.I'd like it to be an entertaining and informative book on advantage play. Not looking for anything about the MIT crew,please. Just something that shows and tells how an average person can play Bj successfully.
  • "Blackjack Bluebook II" by Fred Renzey (see link at top of page).
  • A couple come to mine...

    Arnold Snyder's blackbelt in BJ.

    Bootlegger's "200 proof blackjack" (probably the easiest one to read)

    Renzey's bluebook is also very good. You would not go wrong with any of those.
  • The Blackjack Zone by Eliot Jacobson
  • Here's another vote for Fred Renzey's Blackjack Bluebook II. Written very well and easy to understand. Also goes into card counting. This is my favorite book on Blackjack.

    My second favorite is Avery Cardoza's Winning Casino Blackjack for the Non-Counter.

    Either would be a good choice.
  • The Renzey "Blackjack Bluebook" Book is definitely one of the Best overall imo,
    and easy to read.
  • I like Bootlegger's "200 proof BJ" as a good first book. It is easy to read, covers BS + counting, talks about casino comportment, etc.

    Arnold's BB in BJ is the same. The first covers BS. Then counting. Ways to avoid being tagged as a counter (various betting schemes from perfect to opposition-betting) and then touches on other AP schemes such as shuffle-tracking and the like.

    Both are very easy to read.

    Blackjack Attack is a must- have, but it is not a good first book. It is a book you need to have at hand so that you can figure out which game is the most playable when scouting, etc...

    And any serious player ought to have CVBJ for drilling and practice playing, and CVCX so that they can answer such questions as "which is the better game, 6D 83% pen, or DD, 67% pen?" Or "what is the optimal bet ramp for these specific rules, maintaining a reasonable 13.5% RoR?" Or "how much money do I need to take with me to spread 1-8 green in a good DD game?"

    Once you have these two pieces of software, you are set to take 'em on. If you want to go hog-wild, get CVData, then you can compute your own BS indices for a specific game and _really_ optimize your play for the games you play most frequently.

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