Blackbelt in Blackjack by Arnold Snyder
Arnold Snyder has been considered as one of the most prominent personalities in the world of blackjack in the recent years. He is known for Blackjack Forum, his quarterly publication which keeps the players informed about the latest trends in blackjack. The book Blackbelt in Blackjack had been published in order to keep the players updated on the things that they would have to face in the casinos in today's environment as a card counter; Snyder is also well-known by his book Big Book of Blackjack.
Blackbelt in Blackjack
The book is basically divided into three distinct parts:
- The first part of the book covers the basics of the game. The background of the game and card counting, the basic mechanics of playing the game in casinos, the bankroll etc. are all explained. Since he has a deep understanding of the game itself, the information which is provided in the book is quite noteworthy.
- The second section of the book is the most important. There are two important card counting systems which are thoroughly discussed in this section, the Zen counts and the Hi Lo Lite method. Both of these methods are highly effective. While the Hi Lo Lite method is easy to understand and implement the Zen Count is quite powerful but is quite complex to understand too. This part of the book discusses both of these methods in great details. Also, the section discusses the true count conversions, camouflage betting, betting strategies and how not to get noticed while card counting. All of these chapters have been very well written.
- The third part of the book is Earning Your Black Belt. This part of the book discusses how players can survive as the big bettor, special rules, shuffle tracking and team play in blackjack. All of these chapters explain a particular important aspect of blackjack and card counting which are quite worth understanding.
There are several tables for basic strategy, the Zen strategies, the total Hi Lo Lite strategy tables along with many other tables which make it easier to understand the card counting methods for players. Overall, the information which is covered in the book is quite useful and solid.
Most serious blackjack players and card counters would have already read the book since Blackbelt in Blackjack is considered to be among the best books written on blackjack ever. The first edition of the book had sold thousands of copies. The second edition too had been published with some new information which was later added. The material of the book too had been brought up to date in the second edition.
Blackbelt in Blackjack is one of the most informative books in the world of blackjack because of the range of topics that it covers and the amount of details presented in the book with respect to the card counting methods. Arnold Snyder, considered one of the most authoritative personalities in blackjack definitely has a lot of knowledge on the subject which shines through the book. Blackbelt in Blackjack is definitely a wise investment for any serious blackjack player.