Beyond Counting - the Book of James Grosjean
A large number of books have been already written on blackjack till date on various topics. Card counting however has always remained one of the most written about topics in the world of blackjack since most players are fascinated about learning card counting and using it to make money like the famous MIT blackjack team had in the past. Read the book of James Grosjean Beyond Counting to understand what is meant here.
The subtitle of the book is "Exploiting Casino Games from Blackjack to Video Poker" its not a beginners book, and is not even easy to use, however it is indeed worth the price tag of $40, at least for the serious casino players. If someone has been a reader here for a while then they might get an impression that the author is some sort of math geek.
You will come across calculations and formulas beyond counting that will takes months to understand, however this does not mean that one should be discouraged to read this book. The math presented in this book is somewhat complicated then what the other authors mention about winning in the casino from more of a practical perspective and is easy to understand.
A portion of authors discussion at blackjack has an amazing way to using the Hi/Lo count tactic for betting without attempting a True Count conversion, this is just a small part of this book as mentioned earlier. There are other blackjack related topics that include great ways of correlation, a topic called "Near-Optimal Play" can be used at games without 'heat' but bad penetration and there is other topic called "The Elusive Eight" this has variations from basic strategy.
The knowledge that this book provides on blackjack is quite incredible and this is what definitely makes this book worth reading at least once. There are plenty of things to learn from this book, and many tricks which can be applied in casinos by players.
Much more than blackjack is covered in this book, the truth is that there are very few big tricks that will work in casinos. Before you place your bet, you may have the time to know one of the cards you will be dealt at three card poker, and incase that happens than all the information that you need for exploiting it is given in the book. Actually, who will memorize the data to do that? However, in case you are so inclined to do this, you will find the tricks and tips for other games such as Let it Ride Poker, Caribbean Stud, Baccarat etc..
The reason that makes this book worth $40 for an average player is due to the chapter on the "Big Six" wheel. This casino game is often incorrectly called as the "wheel of fortune" in this the dealer spins the wheel and the wheel rotates, nobody knows where the wheel will stop. The information revealed by the author on Big Six wheel is worth the price of entering, if this game is played in your local, friendly casino.
Where to buy this book? Here.