Blackjack: A Winner's Handbook by Jerry Patterson . August 2001

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Blackjack: A Winner's Handbook by Jerry Patterson

If you're a beginning blackjack player and want to learn what to do to win at the game, then you can't go wrong with the book:  Blackjack A Winner's Handbook, by Jerry Patterson (with Eric Nielsen).  It's among the best of the books on the subject, for beginners and advanced blackjack players who are striving to win a fair share of the casino's money.  However, you won't win if you don't know the strategies of the game.  This is a newly revised, 2001, edition of the book which first appeared in 1977.  You'll find it packed with up-to-date information on the latest and greatest counting systems, non-counting ways to play, tips on money management and mental discipline.  When you head to the casino, you'll have all the necesarry tools to help you win. To make the book as complete as possible, Jerry has added a section on the Internet, with Web sites and online casino information.   And if you want to try your hand as a professional blackjack player, Jerry has a four-stage plan you can follow to your goal.

This is one detailed treatise on the game of blackjack, with 270 pages in twenty-two chapters filled with great information you'll need if you want to get an edge on the casino, and off course, attain your goal of winning.  Here's a quick run down of some of the chapters:

Chapter two starts you with some history and the casino rules, then on to chapter three for some basic blackjack strategy so you can jump right in and win.  Chapter four offers some advice on betting and your bankroll, and then on to chapter five for some mental workouts you'll need for developing discipline and self control to help you attain your goal.  Look to chapters six through seventeen for a number of playing strategies including card counting, beginning and advanced, and several winning methods like shuffle tracking and like-card clumping.  Then to chapter nineteen for the Internet slant on the game of blackjack including Chat Rooms, E-Zines, Newsletters and Web Rings.  Chapters twenty and twenty-one offer the pitfalls and possibilities of the Internet casinos.  And finally, chapter twenty-two sums up most of what you've learned offering six steps to winning at blackjack.

If you're a blackjack beginner, you can't go wrong with Jerry Patterson's book.  If you you're an experienced player, you can improve your blackjack skills.  And if your goal is to make a living at playing blackjack, follow all the good advice in this book, and then study chapter eighteen, where you'll find Jerry's four-stage plan for becoming a professional blackjack player.

Blackjack: A Winner's Handbook sells for $11.16.

Howard Berenbon