Lawrence Revere's Playing Blackjack as a Business

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Background

Playing Blackjack as a Business is a book published by Lawrence Revere; this book had been published before 35 years. This book is organized in the similar manner to any other book on blackjack, the book begins with few introductory remarks and then in depth basic tactics.

In this book more emphasis is given on one deck and four deck games, it used to make more sense when this book was written, however these two types of games are rarely played today. Revere has provided immense knowledge and information, which is notable even by current standards. For instance, in the one deck game strategy he distinguishes a proper play and one holding a 5-3 vs. 6-2 against the dealer with 5 or 6. Considering this topic, many players even today learn few things from his book.

Playing Blackjack as a Business

Revere has mentioned about a very basic counting tactic he calls, "Revere Five Count Strategy". Fundamentally, this tracks the number of fives in a single deck game. This strategy works, however one might want to skip this one and move ahead with "Revere Plus-Minus Strategy", this is the same tactic that Ed Thorpe added in this later version of Beat the Dealer and Wong mentioned about in his books as the "Hi-Low". This is strong structure that makes the basis of strategies practiced by many blackjack players even today.

The author has also described what e calls "Ten Count strategy", which seems to be confusing and complex, along with this strategy he has mentioned about "Revere Point Count Strategy", this is a second level counting system. Detailed information has been provided by Revere as to how one can use these methods in actual play.

After giving explanation of these counting strategies, the writer has suggested on betting strategies and strategy changes as the count changes, lot of information has been provided on this as well. The reader will be impressed with the authors thoroughness. The author concludes his book by mentioning about his "Advanced Point Count System" for this one will have to pay more and is superior to most of the other blackjack systems in the market. His critics and his style of writing in general is harsh, however most of the things that he has mentioned are fair.

The author has spent brief amount of time while talking about avoiding heat in casinos. It is not astonishing that Revere was banned from playing in all of the casinos in Nevada. Also, since the book had been published a great many years ago, most of the information on the topic which has been discussed in the book is not applicable today since things have changed in the casinos today in a massive way.

If someone wanted to know about card counting at blackjack, there are several books that provide this information in more efficient and easier form compared to Revere's book. Given the bevy of awful books about blackjack available, someone could do worse rather than following Revere's advice.

 

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