Blackjack School – A Free 24-Lesson Class on Card Counting

This free course on blackjack and card counting was created by the GameMaster, publisher of the GameMaster Online website. It is reproduced here in its entirety with permission of the author. His 24-lesson course is an excellent introduction to winning blackjack.

Welcome to the GameMaster Blackjack School

A brief introduction

I am very pleased and proud to announce the complete revision of The GameMaster’s Blackjack School. For those who aren’t familiar with my “school”, this is a series of 24 written lessons that can teach you how to play a winning game of Blackjack. Here…we have gathered together the entire curriculum, expanded and refined the lessons and added additional resources.

When the state of Missouri legalized casino gaming in 1994, I developed a course of instruction that would show people how to get an edge over the casino Blackjack games. This course, which was taught by me at my home, originally cost $400 and that included all of the training materials, four “classroom” sessions of about 2 hours each, which were spread out over a four-week period and one playing session where I went to a local casino with my graduates in order to assess their skills in the heat of battle, so to speak.

In 1995, I was one of the founders of Rolling Good Times Online (, the Internet’s first gambling “E-zine” and that was when I began converting my course into a series of written lessons for presentation as a free, internet-based “school”. Until now those lessons have remained pretty much unchanged and have now been licensed to appear on more than 120 gambling related websites.

In July of 1997 I opened our flagship web site The GameMaster Online, from that day forward we have served the blackjack and gaming community with literally hundreds of articles on “getting the edge” on the casinos. I believe this school is the focal point of many of these efforts.

Sometimes you just need a place to start.

Blackjack is a game of skill and this is where you can learn the skills it takes to beat the game.

The 24 lessons you see here will take you step-by-step through the process of learning how to play each hand properly, how to count cards, how and when to properly bet and literally hundreds of other “tricks of the trade”. The course is long, but this is not something you have to learn overnight. Take your time, do what we say and you’ll soon be on your way to playing a winning game of Blackjack.

Start at Lesson 1 and go as far and as fast as you wish. The thrill of winning at casino Blackjack is literally at your fingertips.

Next: Lesson 1

15 comments on “Blackjack School – A Free 24-Lesson Class on Card Counting

  • mikerevs said:

    GameMaster, After practicing the HiLo system with your 24 Lesson Blackjack course, I switched over to the HiLo system from my speed count system. I went to atlantic city and played for two days and I am happy to say that I won each day. I am a $10 table player and I won about the same amount that I did using speed count system, Winning the money was great, but it meant more to me that I was able to use the HiLo system at the table with some success. I never thought I could learn HiLo system, but thanks to your lessons, it worked for me. However, I made many HiLo card counting mistakes, but I can definitely see the potential in using this system. I know I need more practice to master the HiLo system, but my main problem is mixing up the two systems. As I will continue to use HiLo system, I would appreciate your advice on how to overcome this problem.

    • I’ll reply since the GameMaster is still not available.

      Mixing up two systems when switching is very common if you have a fair amount of table time with the old system. It doesn’t take too long for that to go away though. It’s just a matter of concentration and time. I’m glad to hear you were successful in your first Hi-Lo trip. Thanks for the report!

  • Blackjohn said:

    Hi there,
    I am very very new player…as I am interested in the game and learning basic, do some research. I wonder if there are many casino use the shoe to shuffle card or the continuous machine? How about in Canada?

  • Blackjohn said:

    Can I still use counting card strategy recently? As there are many casinos use the continuous shuffler machine

    • There are still plenty of non-CSM games in the US. Even in casinos where some of the tables use a continuous shuffler, you will often find other tables that are either hand-shuffled, or use an automatic shuffle machine but with a normal discard tray. I don’t have recent information on Canadian casinos, but I suspect the same is true there.

  • Blackjohn said:

    How much chance can I win if I don’t use card counting strategy? I went to casino yesterday, use basic strategy, I lost…

    • I actually don’t have a simulation number at hand to answer that, but my guess would be that a flat-betting basic strategy player will end a one-hour session ahead of the game about 45% of the time. Shorter sessions will increase that, and varying your bets will also increase that (at the expense of larger wins and losses.)
      This sounds like a question that many people would be interested in. I’ll look into it some more when I have time.

  • kingdan said:

    this sounds all great! i learnt the basics on my own and memorized a “cheat sheet” online in about 20 minutes (my brain is something else) and went to go play at the casino and won 400$ in about an hour and a half on 15$ bets (not including double downs etc) but i ended up leaving with what I came with because my emotions came into the way when I should’ve done certain moves in the previous hands. Definitely a lesson learned.

    My questions is, as the teachers and masters of this website. How successful have you been in the real world, or are you just teaching it? It seems like if you become a master at this game, you can make serious bank, not guaranteed of course, but well advanced than the regular winners.

    • Yes, the potential is real and achievable. I’ve been very successful over many years. Blackjack is just one of many ways that smart players can get a true edge in casinos. It remains the best introduction to advantage gambling. Once your eyes have been opened, you’ll start seeing other opportunities as well.

        • Almost all online blackjack games shuffle after every hand, making card counting useless.
          You can make money playing online, but the value comes from bonuses and promotions. There’s no way to beat the games straight up.

  • Anonymous said:

    is it obvious to see how many times the casino shuffles their deck? i remember they get it from like a little shoot or something. would it shuffle in there or would they take out every deck and than shuffle. how would you know if they shuffle after each hand or when the decks are done?

  • kingdan89 said:

    how does the strategy change when theres a full table?

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