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Games in Nevada, Atlantic City and abroad can be beaten. Million Dollar Blackjack is a iston mixture of instruction and story. Just when your brain starts to overflow with charts and numbers, Ken gladly regales you with tales from his heyday.

The book has something for every level of player, from the recreational gambler to the comp hustler to the aspiring professional and many more. It also introduces the reader to many different advanced techniques and playing styles.

This is a great book for someone who wants to get a good overview of professional play and discover what options are available. You can buy Million Dollar Blackjack here. By all accounts he was a showman who loved to be the center of attention and he really knew how to tell a story. In those days you could find him in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, TV shows, and even computer manuals. But unlike Bringing Down the House or the movie 21, this book is a first-hand blackjacm written by the guy who lived it.

Other blackjsck of these teams have been nominated but not yet inducted. Ken starts with a short history of gambling and card counting, giving a basic description of how card counting works and how counting systems have developed over the years.

Right from the start we hear stories of big wins, big losses, being repeatedly barred, and even arrested. The stories are sensationalized but the message is sincere: Blackjcak is what to expect from counting cards.

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The swings can be crazy and the burnout rate is high. This is the story that most books and movies never tell you about, but it is the biggest miklion that every serious player learns. Ken shares this gut-wrenching story right away, even before he shows us how to play basic strategy. It serves as a solemn warning, yet still manages to inspire and encourage the reader to follow in his footsteps. Like I said, this guy knows how to tell a story. This is a very short introduction keen mathematical expectation and variance.

It gives the reader a general idea of the concepts and explains their importance, but the details are not discussed until later in the book. This is just a quick glimpse of how different playing styles compare and what sort of hourly win rate can be expected.

This chapter describes how the game is played and gives some common at the time rule variations. It also shows how the house edge changes for blackhack rule sets.

This is a very important lesson to learn since game selection is a crucial part of success for a card counter. Many novice players may not even realize that the rules can change from one casino to another, or even at different tables within the same casino. Showing the effects on the house edge is good motivation for players to scout out the best conditions they can find, even if they are just recreational players.

This chapter covers basic strategywhich tells you dollat to play every hand that can be dealt. This is the foundation of all blackjack play. Like the previous chapter, it also shows different rule variations and describes how to alter your strategy to play them properly.


It includes several sets of flashcards to help the student practice. Although many of these rule usron are uncommon these days, it is good to show the effects that cause both the mullion edge and the playing decisions. Here we are shown a comparison of some common card counting systems. The Insurance Correlations IC are not included but they are available online or in other books for the interested student.

Ken dolpar this opportunity to show us his own simple counting system, blakcjack titled the Uston Simple Point Count. It is similar to standard level-1 systems like HiLo, but it has a few interesting aspects that make it unique.

The first interesting aspect is that it does not use a true count conversion. It is played as a running count system similar to unbalanced systems like KO and Zen. The second aspect is that it groups all of the basic strategy deviations into two groups — a plus count group and a minus count group. It is equivalent to having three different basic strategies for different deck compositions.

These aspects make it simpler than a typical unbalanced system. Although it is also less effective, I can see how it might be useful for an Advantage Player who is using a stronger technique simultaneously e. Story time again, and not a minute too soon! The last few chapters are very informative but ustpn fairly dense. If you are new to the game then your head is probably spinning.

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Ken starts by telling us about his first computer teams. Back in the s personal computers were a fairly new concept.

Not many people had them and even fewer dollsr knew how to build keen program them. This was long before the days of buying an Arduino with Bluetooth at your local electronics store. Ken gives us a rare glimpse into one of the first groups to play computer-perfect blackjack.

The biggest advantage of this approach is that the BP can be completely oblivious to the game and will seem inconspicuous to anyone watching.

The biggest disadvantage of this approach is that it is very complicated and prone to numerous debilitating errors. Ken chronicles these frustrations, as well as a few others, in this section. It serves millioh a good lesson to players of all levels about the importance of system simplicity, good game selection, and ample training and testing of all team members.

Any experienced card counter knows how much of a discouraging grind it can be. Ken is able to capture that aggravation and regret milloon these pages. It is one of the most powerful counting systems but also one of the most cumbersome. We are given even more flash cards Kenny loves these things! This system is definitely not for beginners, and even millkon players will debate the practicality of such a complicated system.

It is a good reference, but a motivated player will probably find much more value in other techniques described later in the book.

Now we start getting into the interesting stuff. This chapter covers betting strategies and includes advice on calculating betting spreads for different bankroll sizes, risk of ruin, expectation, multiple hand betting, and long run probabilities. This is the stuff that will make or break a card counter. Although it is a little short on math, it is a great introduction to these crucial concepts. Unfortunately, I think this chapter should have been much longer.

This is rather simple math and it can give the aspiring card counter a realistic expectation of what the short-term variance will be like. I feel like this is something that most novice players are completely unprepared for. The discussion of risk of ruin should have been more thorough as well.


I would like to see some formulas or methods for the reader to create their own level of risk that they are comfortable with. The art of single deck play. Single deck games that are vulnerable to card counting are not nearly as common as they were when Million Dollar Blackjack was written, but there are still some gems that can be found in this chapter.

Again we are reminded of the importance of good game selection, but this time we are shown some ways of creating a good game. A few methods of camouflage are also briefly mentioned. These techniques can be used in multiple deck games as well. We will see more advanced strategies for single deck play later in this book. This chapter focuses on games that use multiple decks, which are much more common these days.

Ken shares with us some of his training exercises and practice routines using his Advanced Point Count. He also gives some advice on betting spreads for different games and some techniques to adapt your spread as your bankroll grows.

Many of the games he describes have evolved into much tougher games. This chapter outlines a few different team playing techniques such as BP, Gorilla BP, and insurance counters. This will give a novice player a general idea of the mechanics behind these techniques, and more experienced players can find ways to adapt these methods into more advanced strategies.

He also shows the power of leveraging a joint bankroll and the variance smoothing effects of having multiple players sharing their results. Right from the beginning we are again reminded of the importance of good game selection and sufficient training.

Are you getting the hint yet? What happened next would change the history of New Jersey gambling forever. He discusses how the technique works, how to find opportunities and how to play them. As in the other chapters, his betting advice is bit too aggressive for me and probably most Advantage Players. Ken provides a good introduction to hole card play but serious students should follow up with the book Beyond Counting by James Grosjean, ideally the second edition titled Exhibit CAA.

The playing and betting advice is far superior. The value of the card can then be signaled to players at the table who can use that knowledge to vary their playing strategy, similar to hole carding. This technique was used in the old days before the dealers used mirror checkers MAXTime or electronic checkers No Peek 21 to check for a blackjack. There is also a brief explanation of playing against warped cards.

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In some situations the warps, nicks, scratches, or other marks that come from normal wear-and-tear can be used to identify the location of certain cards. This can also be applied to cards that have design, printing or cutting errors. This chapter, along with the previous one, introduces the reader to more advanced techniques than simple card counting. It requires a great combination of luck and skill to make those situations happen, and even a slight change can kill the play. Here we learn about a few different methods of cheating, both by the dealer and the uuston.

It covers the usual material like peeking, dealing seconds, palming cards, and capping bets.