So you want to be Rain Man but just can't seem to instantly divide eight zillion by your shoe size? No problem--neither can the world's best blackjack players. But what they can do is work some simple techniques to increase their chances at the one game that already offers better odds for winning than slots, craps, roulette or any other.
John Bukofsky explains all you need to know--from the basics of game-play and strategy to card counting at the professional level--so you can actually gain an advantage over the house. Blackjack: Play Like the Pros also provides helpful information on other important aspects of the game, including:
• Betting and bankroll
• Casino countermeasures
• Camouflage techniques
• Plus a special section devoted to "negative swings"--the number-one reason why many players end up leaving the game
Beating the casinos at their own game isn't easy. But it can be done, and Blackjack: Play Like the Pros can increase your chances of walking out a winner.
"A savvy, comprehensive text that covers the essentials of winning blackjack from soup to nuts. Bukofsky is an excellent writer, whose 'hold-your-hand' style makes it easy for the reader to master, sequentially, the skills needed to become a successful player. Many blackjack books skimp on details, especially when it comes to the mathematics of the game or complete card-counting systems. Not so here. I highly recommend it."¯Don Schlesinger, author of Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros' Way
John Bukofsky is an electrical engineer and expert blackjack player who has played throughout the United States and Europe. Because of his card counting skill, he has been barred from playing in Las Vegas, harassed in Atlantic City and Connecticut, and has played alongside some of the highest rollers in the world at the casinos in Monte Carlo. John is married with two children and lives in southern New Jersey.
Picking the right #blackjack table is almost as important as knowing how to play the game. In this video, a gambling expert tells you what to look for before you take a seat. It just may mean the difference between going home a winner — or a big loser.
Now I’m going to go into how to choose a Blackjack table. A lot of times people will, you know, I play all the time, and people ask me, “Well, how do you choose?” Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, depends on my mood, but I’ll go into all of that for you.
Basically, blackjack tables kind of fall into a couple of categories, and I don’t use good or bad, hot and cold, because all that can change at the drop of a hat, but a lot of times a table is either fun, or not fun, or it’s fast or slow. A lot of times if you’re looking for a good time at the blackjack table, you want to just find people just having a good time. A lot of times the dealer, deal is at the beginning. If you walk up to table that’s completely empty, you’ve got a lot of dealers out there, they kind of don’t look like they’re even into their job, and what’s going to happen? Yeah, you know what, you could sit down and you could clean them out. You can win really big, but you’re not going to have a good time doing it, because the dealer is just going to be all grumpy. And then it’s just about the game. Another thing, too, is when you want a game that’s fast. A lot of times you get people who really want action, or say if you’re in Vegas, and you only have an hour before you have to get to the airport, so you’re trying to get as much action in as possible, or something like that. And you’re going to want to table where if you pick the fewer players at the table, the faster your game is going to be, because when you’re dealing heads up, it’s just you and dealer. And then you can get a whole lot more hands out.
So, another thing, too, to consider is that the dealers, a lot of times, they work for tips. That supplements a good part of their income. And what happens is that when you’re placing a bet for the dealer, then they would put their tips in a little area right around the discard tray here. Good indicator, if you’re looking for lucky table, bad table, a lot of times what you’ll do, the dealer won’t lock all of these up until he leaves the table, so just a quick look over here at the discards, and if you see a big pile of tips, the table’s probably doing very well. If you see no tips, that could just mean that the table is stingy. So it’s not really an indicator, not seeing tips isn’t an indicator of a bad table, but seeing tips is an indicator of a good table. So, a lot of times, people are sitting here having fun, and having a couple drinks, and just laughing and having a really good time. If that’s what you’re after, then by all means have a seat, and then the cards will fall where the cards fall. That’s how to choose a blackjack table.