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Big Book of Blackjack

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ISBN-10: 1580421555

ISBN-13: 9781580421553

Edition: 2006

Authors: Arnold Snyder

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The world's greatest blackjack player, the legendary Arnold Snyder, shows beginning and advanced players everything they need to know to beat the game of casino blackjack. From the rules of the game to advanced professional strategies, Snyder's guidance and advice runs the gamut of strategies needed to successfully beat the casino-with the odds! Snyder should know: he's been a professional player and the guru for serious players for more than 25 years. This book includes winning techniques never before published in a nationally distributed book. 27 easy-to-read chapters and tons of tips make the book both profitable and fun.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cardoza Publishing
Publication date: 3/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

<b>C. Arnold Snyder</b>'s research focuses on sixteenth-century Radical Reformation studies, with a specialization in the Anabaptist branch. Currently, he teaches history at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, and is editor of The Conrad Grebel Review . <br> <b>Linda A. Huebert Hecht</b> is an independent scholar in Waterloo, Ontario, and author of several articles on Anabaptist women.

Introduction Blackjack: The War for the Money
The Mystery History
The Long, Slow Birth of the Most Popular Casino Card Game in the World
The Birth of Blackjack
In the Beginning... Vingt-Un, Napoleon's Favorite Game
Before the Beginning... Quinze, Like Blackjack with Bluffing
If You Cut Quinze in Half... Still Bluffing
And as for Insurance...
But Before Quinze... Trente-Un, and a Sixteenth Century Card Sharp
The Bone Ace Connection... where the Ace Equals One or Eleven
Vingt-Un Makes a Splash in Europe
Blackjack in the Wild West, or How Twenty-One Became Blackjack
House Rules Change the Game Forever
Let the Games Begin...
The First Twenty-One Pro was a Woman
The Cheaters Thrived
Canfield's Prophecy
Twenty-One Becomes Blackjack
Ed Thorp versus the World
The Real Story of Ed Thorp's Attack on the Casinos
Mickey MacDougall, the "Card Detective"
John Scarne, "The World's Foremost Expert on Gambling"
The Scarne/MacDougall Feud
Scarne Triumphs
Enter Edward Oakley Thorpe...
Scarne to the Rescue!
The Downfall of John Scarne
Jacoby Claims the Credit!
Meanwhile, Back at the "World's Foremost Gambling Expert"
The $100,000 Challenge
Scarne's Mysterious WWII "Ten-Card Count" Pamphlet
Let's Get Ready to Rumble!
How Did It Get This Way?
More Mathematicians Get Involved
Beat the Dealer, Second Edition
The Griffin Agency is Born
Enter Lawrence Revere
The Birth of Team Play in the 1970's
Electronics Enter the Players' Arsenal
Enter Stanford Wong
Did Ken Uston Betray His Mentor?
Big Boom on the Boardwalk
The Cops versus the Robbers
Atlantic City, Here We Come!
The "Experiment"
The Party's Over
Uston Continues His Media Hype
An Expert Goes Down the Tubes
The Inside Scoop on the Campione Case
The Atlantic City Casinos Fight for the Rights of the Stupid
Indians, Riverboats, Lawsuits, and Loot
The Michigan Indians Lead the Way
The Feds Put the Law on the Indians' Side
The Indian Casino Expansion Begins
Bye-Bye Welfare, Hello Wealth!
But the Indians Keep Coming
The Cowboys Challenge the Indians
Fast Fun in Phoenix
But More Casinos Open in Other States
The Wackiness in Windsor: Hyland's Team Arrested
Options, Options, Options
As the Industry Grew, So Did the Opportunities to Exploit It
The New Game Protectors
The Game, The Rules, The Strategies
Playing the Game
The Deal
The Basic Structure and Object of the Game
"Hard" Hands and "Soft" Hands
Playing the Hands
Insurance
Hitting and Standing
Busting
Doubling Down
Splitting, Resplitting, and Doubling After Splits
Surrender
No Hole Card
Multi-Action
The Dealer's Hand
Uncommon Rules, Bonuses, and Side Bets
Playing the Game Right
The Basic Strategy
Why Basic Strategy Works... The "Odds"
What is a Half-Percent Advantage in Dollars and Cents?
How Basic Strategy Works... The Logic
The False Logic
Using the Basic Strategy Chart
The Order of Decisions
How to Practice Basic Strategy
Simplified Basic Strategy
Insurance? Never! (Well... Maybe Sometimes...)
The Cost of Errors
The Odd Truth About "Even Money"
The Value of a Blackjack
When the Dealer Has a 10 Up
When the Dealer Has an Ace Up
How the Casino Thinks of Even Money
How the Professional Player Thinks of Even Money
How Should You Think of Even Money?
A True Story
Meet the Cards
Meet the Ace, the Player's Strongest Ally
When the Dealer Shows an Ace
What the Ace Means to the Player's Hand
A Brief History of Aces
Meet the 10, the Most Important Denomination
Meet the 9, 8, and 7, the Invisible Cards
Meet the 6, 5, and 4-the Cards from Hell
Meet the 3 and 2-the Trouble Cards
How to Count Cards
The Red Seven Count
How to Practice Counting Cards
Setting Your Starting Count for Casino Play
The Red Seven Betting Strategy
Beating the Multiple-Deck Games
The "Trip" Bankroll
The "Total" Bankroll
The Red Seven Playing Strategy
Table Conditions
Keep It Simple
Rules, Rules, Rules, and More Rules
So Why All the New Rules?
The Number of Decks in Play
The Soft 17 Rule
Doubling Down
The Pair-Split Variations
Surrender
The General Rule on Rules
The Alton Belle Massacre
Multi-Action
The I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Blackjack Games
How to Beat "Over/Under 13"
How to Beat "Royal Match"
A Bit of History
But You Don't Need to Count the Four Suits
The Simple Royal Match System
What's It Worth?
How to Beat "Super Sevens"
How to Beat "Lucky Ladies"
What's It Worth?
A Word about those Damnable Flux
Beware of the Big-Flux Bankroll Eaters!
How to Beat "Spanish 21"
The Big Trick
Simplified Spanish 21 Basic Strategy
The Full Strategy
So How Do You Beat Spanish 21?
How to Beat "Super Fun 21"
The Big Trick
Super Fun 21 Rules
Super Fun 21 Basic Strategy (Compared to Traditional Game)
Beating Super Fun 21 with the Red Seven Count
How to Beat "Double Exposure"
The Big Trick(s)
The Basic Theory
The Simplified Basic Strategy
The Red Seven Betting Strategy
The Red Seven Playing Strategy
How to Beat "Blackjack Switch"
The Gimmick
The Big Trick
The Rules of the Game
The Switch
Defining the Dealer's Upcard
Defining the Player's Hands with the WLPC System
The Two-Hand Set Ratings
When Switching Does Not Change the Power Rating
The Blackjack Switch Basic Strategy
Beating Blackjack Switch with the Red Seven Count
The Red Seven Betting Strategy
The Red Seven Playing Strategy
How to Beat those Weird California Games
No House Bank
How Much Does that Commission Cost?
Target = 22
No Bust
Wild Cards
Dealer's Options
How Can the Average Player Beat the California Games?
Having Fun in a Combat Zone
Like it or Not, You Are the Enemy
Play versus Work, Us versus Them
The Field of Battle
The Customer is Always Suspect
A Glossary of Surveillance Terms
Winning is Dangerous
Story #1
Story #2
The Moral
Survival Tips
"Barred" versus "Backed Off"
Cheating? At Blackjack?
Blackjack's Sordid Past
Why Cheat?
What Will it Cost You?
Payout "Errors"
Cheating in Single-Deck Games
Dealing Seconds
Stacking a Blackjack
Marked Cards
Other Peeking Scams
Preferential Shuffling
Cheating in Multi-Deck Shoe Games
The Short Shoe
My Experience with Short Shoes
Cutting the High Cards Out of Play
What If the Dealer Cheats to Help You?
What If You Suspect You've Been Cheated?
The Eye in the Sky
The Important Things to Know About Surveillance
Should You Be a Refusal? The Pros and the Cons
Should You Get a Player's Card? The Pros and the Cons
Team Play
Why Form a Blackjack Team?
Why Not Form a Blackjack Team?
Guidelines for Forming a Team
Hole Cards, Devices, Shuffle Tracking, and Nevada-Style "Justice"
The Peek Freaks Win in a Nevada Court
But "Video Front Loading" Gets the Shaft
The Anti-Device Law is Tried and Found... Vague
More Nevada Justice
"Tell" Play Tested in a Reno Courtroom
Shuffle Tracking
Odds, Ends, and Other Weird Stuff
The Blackjack Hall of Fame
Julian Braun
Al Francesco
Peter Griffin
Tommy Hyland
Lawrence Revere
Max Rubin
Arnold Snyder
Keith Taft
Edward O. Thorp
Ken Uston
Stanford Wong
Twenty-One Questions
Poetry
A Visit from St. Who?
Aces (or 42.08%)
Charge of the Count Brigade
Do Not Go Gentle into That Back Room
The Griffin
Prowl
Blackjack Reality versus Blackjack Hype
Appendix