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Can You Be A Better Player By Using an Online Blackjack Guide?

Just curious. . .I was wondering if the folks who visit this website or subscribe to our podcast use online blackjack guides to become a better blackjack player.  Do they help when you’re playing live versus online?  How about for other games like craps, roulette, and hold ‘em?

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4 Responses to “Can You Be A Better Player By Using an Online Blackjack Guide?”

  1. Ted Newkirk
    February 9th, 2010 6:18 pm

    As someone who successfully counted cards (paid my rent with it in the early 90’s here), no question that someone should learn and stick with basic strategy as lined out there.

    Now… you won’t beat the casino in the long run. Those days are over because of shuffling machines and other rules.

    BUT… if you absolutely follow the basic strategy outlined and make sure you are playing a game where blackjack pays back 3-2 (not 6-5, which is worse odds), you will play an almost break-even game over the course of time. (I mean over the course of multiple visits as anything can happen on a given day… look at Saints vs. Colts).

    The problem is that most people “feel” that a play on the card/chart isn’t right so they do their own thing. They think “well, last time I did that, I lost” when in reality, some hands are simply losers. BUT, playing a bad hand like you should (you have 16 against a dealer 8 and hit like you are supposed to) will result in pulling through a bad hand with a few more wins.

    Ever losing situation that you turn into a win even once in a while is money in your pocket.!

  2. ScottW
    February 9th, 2010 6:47 pm

    Great stuff, Ted. Love reading stuff like this!

  3. Matt
    February 10th, 2010 6:26 am

    When I started coming to Vegas in 2000, I found that I was out of my league in most of the games.

    I picked up pretty much every book that Frank Scoblete wrote and found them all to be helpful and insightful. He shows how to count cards – not that I could ever do it, but he also has great anecdotes about all his experiences within Atlantic City and Vegas.

    He doesn’t guarantee money for anyone reading his books, but you do gain an understanding of the games, how the casino’s edge breaks you and how to play so you don’t lose as quickly as you normally would.


  4. ScottW
    February 10th, 2010 8:04 am

    I wonder how many folks count cards and do so profitably and without being detected.

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