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Old April 13th, 2011, 10:06 PM
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... but not a strategy book, something more along the lines of Bringing Down the House. Doesn't have to be based on a true story, but having blackjack or poker as a part of the plot would be cool. Just looking for something to read while sitting around the house.
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... but not a strategy book, something more along the lines of Bringing Down the House. Doesn't have to be based on a true story, but having blackjack or poker as a part of the plot would be cool. Just looking for something to read while sitting around the house.
"The Counter" by Kevin Blackwood
"Busting Vegas" by Ben Mezrich
"Repeat Until Rich" by Josh Axelrad

Sometimes I have trouble finishing books but I couldn't put any of these down.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 12:40 AM
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... but not a strategy book, something more along the lines of Bringing Down the House. Doesn't have to be based on a true story, but having blackjack or poker as a part of the plot would be cool. Just looking for something to read while sitting around the house.
This one. The others suggested pale by comparison -
Fortune’s Formula:
The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System
That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 01:08 AM
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I thought The Counter was one of the worst written books I've ever had the misfortuneto read. Not only was it badly written, but it was as realistic as a 1940s Sky King novel. Blackwood is a skilled player, and a nice guy, but he's not a novelist.
I was enjoying "Blackjack Autumn", but misplaced it and have not finished it.
"Fortunes Formula" was a great read.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 02:30 AM
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I thought The Counter was one of the worst written books I've ever had the misfortuneto read. Not only was it badly written, but it was as realistic as a 1940s Sky King novel.
I think it was ghost-written by his mom or sister:
"You can do it, Billy. The Lord loves you, you know." zg
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'Busting Vegas' was the worst of all known Mezrich books. zg
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Nobody is going to mention Ken Uston's books? In my opinion they are some of the most interesting BJ stories published. I agree with Shad that Blackjack Autumn is a decent one too. There are also some great stories on Snyder's website.

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One book I've read multiple times and still find fascinating is The Ultimate Edge: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Edge-.../dp/1439215928

It's a true-to-life account of one team's use of many techniques--legal and otherwise--beyond counting. I highly recommend it.
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One book I've read multiple times and still find fascinating is The Ultimate Edge: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Edge-.../dp/1439215928

It's a true-to-life account of one team's use of many techniques--legal and otherwise--beyond counting. I highly recommend it.
Never heard of it! zg
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How nice of you all to bash the books I recommended!

They are easy to read, entertaining books focused entirely on Blackjack!
 

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