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Looking for a book to read

Discussion in 'General' started by cc218, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. cc218

    cc218 Well-Known Member

    ... 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.
     
  2. Dyepaintball12

    Dyepaintball12 Well-Known Member

    "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.
     
  3. zengrifter

    zengrifter Banned

  4. shadroch

    shadroch Well-Known Member

    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.
     
  5. zengrifter

    zengrifter Banned

    I think it was ghost-written by his mom or sister:
    "You can do it, Billy. The Lord loves you, you know." z:laugh:g
     
  6. zengrifter

    zengrifter Banned

    'Busting Vegas' was the worst of all known Mezrich books. zg
     
  7. Sonny

    Sonny Well-Known Member

    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.

    -Sonny-
     
  8. David Spence

    David Spence Member

  9. zengrifter

    zengrifter Banned

    Never heard of it! zg
     
  10. Dyepaintball12

    Dyepaintball12 Well-Known Member

    How nice of you all to bash the books I recommended!

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

    Maestro Active Member

    "Las Vegas Blackjack Diary" by Stuart Perry, "A brutally honest account of what it's like for a little guy to take on the casinos single-handedly..."-Arnold Snyder. Also a sure cure for insomnia.
     
  12. zengrifter

    zengrifter Banned

    Yes, like Readers Digest - boring! zg
     
  13. blackriver

    blackriver Well-Known Member

    malcolm galdwell's blink is good tangential reading for most people doing anything with their mind
     
  14. blackjack avenger

    blackjack avenger Well-Known Member

    The Black Swan?

    Then one will be ready to bet more conservatively:laugh:
     
  15. cc218

    cc218 Well-Known Member

    thanks for the input guys. I think i'll be checking out a couple of them. Repeat Until Rich was the one i was trying to think of as i remember it being talked about on the forum before but couldn't find it for the life of me. So thank you DyePaintball even though some didn't like your suggestions, hopefully you self confidence can be restored :laugh:
     
  16. Midwestern

    Midwestern Well-Known Member

  17. Midwestern

    Midwestern Well-Known Member

    or play progression bets & slots, as anything can happen at any second!!!
     
  18. blackjack avenger

    blackjack avenger Well-Known Member

    Survival of the Risk Averse?

    Gamblers and progressionists "can" win and someone does win those lotteries. However, as an AP pro one does not play negative expectation games. An AP pro is not concerned over winning to much, a good Black Swan. An AP pro would be concerned over a negative Black Swan. In the real world it's difficult to get that ror to go away completely. There is a negative tail on the bell curve beyond 3 SD.
     
  19. Gamblor

    Gamblor Well-Known Member

  20. sagefr0g

    sagefr0g Well-Known Member

    yah that's pretty much the way it is for blackjack far as i know, so but anyway as a side note, it's not inconceivable there could be inside of casino walls positive ev plays that carry black swan'ish' riders that could payoff concurrent to the pos ev play..... :rolleyes::whip:
    edit: Black Swan by Nasim Taleb, not about blackjack but an interesting read.
     

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