Lawrence Revere is another one of the big names in blackjack. He is most famous for his numerous card counting systems that he invented and wrote about in his books. One of the most popular books is called "Playing Blackjack as a Business" in which he goes through some of these strategies in detail and talks about other ways to become great at the game. Revere was also a pit boss for a casino at one time and also a professional gambler and blackjack player.
Lawrence was an avid card counter and actually decided to develop his very own strategies along with Julian Braun. These were promoted in his book called "Playing Blackjack as a Business". Julian was part of IBM, a widely known computer company. Because of his expertise in computers, he was able to simulate blackjack and the mathematics behind some of the strategies they were going to develop.
In fact, Julian used a high speed computer to calculate well over 9 billion hands of blackjack. They were able to develop over 70 strategy charts using the analytical data from the computer. All of that information is still quite useful. There are a few problems with the book though. Since it was written back in 1968 before card counting became very hostile towards casinos, these card counting systems were designed mostly for single deck or hand-held games. These types of games are very rare to come by these days because casinos phased them out in an attempt to ward off card counters. So some of the ideas in the book are now obsolete.
One of the most popular strategies in blackjack was known as the Revere Point Count, which Julian helped in its development. Lawrence Revere never originally copyrighted his book in 1968. In fact, a former dealer and Gambler's Book Club founder John Luckman finally urged him to that it would be best to protect his writing and methods that were written about in the book.
It was more important later on to try and avoid being caught and this is when the concept of blackjack teams came to light. This is another reason why some of the information in his older books is now irrelevant. Still, this book sold extremely well and it is actually the most sold book about gambling than any other and there is still a treasure trove of information and mathematics that are still relevant. He had systems that ranged from level I to level IV.
Revere actually played both sides of the table as a player and dealer and made a living for over 28 years in blackjack. He bragged about being thrown out of every casino in Nevada but is also known as the "Master of Camouflage". Unfortunately in 1977, he passed away from cancer but his information lives on in the game of blackjack. He also has an official website at RevereBJ.com where some of his books and systems can be bought at. There is also some more facts and information about Revere here as well.
Prior to this new edition there was no foolproof way to learn how to play Blackjack accurately. This is the only Blackjack book that is easy to understand and completely accurate, written for the beginner or for the expert player. "Playing Blackjack as a Business" was written by a successful professional Blackjack player. The author has probably spent more time playing Blackjack, more time in the casinos, and more time in research, than have all of the others combined who have written Blackjack books or devised Blackjack systems. The book features a new Basic Strategy for one deck, the first accurate Strategy to be published for four decks, and four easy-to-learn Count Strategies including the Reverse Point Count Strategy, which is the most accurate and most powerful strategy that has ever been published. The strategies were devised from computer runs by Julian H. Braun of IBM Corporation, long recognized as the world's most capable man in this field. What people are saying - Write a reviewReviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identifiedUser Review - Flag as inappropriateI learned blackjack card counting strategy from Griffith K Owens (aka Lawrence Revere) in the 70's and used his advanced count (4 level) until I met Kenny Uston who devised a very user friendly 3 level count strategy. At the time Revere wrote his strategy with Julian Braun (IBM) card counting strategy was basically unknown to casino's, and single deck games were plentiful, so even without the playing matrix it was very profitable. I still have the book in my library and if for no other reason than nostalgia it is worth having if you are at all serious about the game. The late Kenny Uston's Million Dollar Blackjack is the best I've seen still of all the books on the subject. I wrote with Kenny and five other experts for Gambling Times Publications back in the early 80's and Kenny was probably the most accomplished of the bunch.
At a blackjack table, the dealer faces five to nine playing positions from behind a semicircular table. Between one and eight standard 52-card decks are shuffled together. To start each round, players place bets in the "betting box" at each position. In jurisdictions allowing back betting, up to three players can be at each position. The player whose bet is at the front of the betting box controls the position, and the dealer consults the controlling player for playing decisions; the other bettors "play behind". A player can usually control or bet in as many boxes as desired at a single table, but an individual cannot play on more than one table at a time or place multiple bets within a single box. In many U.S. casinos, players are limited to playing one to three positions at a table.
The dealer deals from their left ("first base") to their far right ("third base"). Each box gets an initial hand of two cards visible to the people playing on it. The dealer's hand gets its first card face-up and, in "hole card" games, immediately gets a second card face-down (the hole card), which the dealer peeks at but only reveals when it makes the dealer's hand a blackjack. Hole card games are sometimes played on tables with a small mirror or electronic sensor used to peek securely at the hole card. In European casinos, "no hole card" games are prevalent; the dealer's second card is not drawn until the players have played their hands.
In 2002, professional gamblers worldwide were invited to nominate great blackjack players for admission into the Blackjack Hall of Fame. Seven members were inducted in 2002, with new people inducted every year after. The Hall of Fame is at the Barona Casino in San Diego. Members include Edward O. Thorp, author of the 1960s book Beat the Dealer; Ken Uston, who popularized the concept of team play; Arnold Snyder, author and editor of the Blackjack Forum trade journal; and Stanford Wong, author and popularizer of "Wonging".
Blackjack begins by selecting a seat at the table. Typically, a blackjack table allows for five to seven players. Whenever you see an empty seat at a blackjack table, you may assume it's for your taking (unless chips or a coat are holding the spot for a player who just stepped away for a moment or unless some player is playing two hands). In most cases, joining a game in progress is okay, although some tables have a No-Midshoe Entry policy (usually marked by a sign at the table), which means you have to wait until the shuffle before playing.
He starts from the beginning by explaining in detail how the game works andhow to use basic strategy to reduce the edge. Then he explains how to countcards. This is the perfect blackjack book for beginners.
Turning the Tables broadens his focus to discuss games besides blackjack(poker), and it also focuses on success in general. But his approach to successis about as different from reading something Steven Covey or Tony Robbins as youcan imagine. Other success literature discusses psychology and the importance oftaking care of your physical and mental health. What those books leave out isthe focus on math and probability.
The literature related to blackjack is vast. In fact, the blackjack bookslisted here barely scratch the surface. Most of the authors of these books havemultiple books to their credit-especially Arnold Snyder, Stanford Wong, and KenUston.
There are many good books that have been written about the game of blackjack. Here are my personal favorites for the best blackjack books of all time. These books have stood the test of time and provide outstanding advice on how to improve your blackjack skills. As a collection, these books cover everything you need to be successful at beating the casinos. Books are listed in order of the year they were first published. If you buy any of these books, be sure you get the latest edition. 1) Michael Dalton is author of the Encyclopedia of Blackjack and editor/publisher of the Blackjack Review Network. Looking for other good blackjack books? Check out the product review section of the Encyclopedia of Blackjack and the online book catalog on this site.
Why? This book is considered the bible on the mathematics of blackjack. Probably not required reading unless you are really interested in math. None the less, this book included ground breaking information on the game including the most complete basic strategy ever published. Peter Griffin.
Why? At the time, this was one of the most complete books on advantage play blackjack ever published. Discussed everything from card counting to team play. Included the Uston Simple Plus/Minus, Uston Advanced Plus/Minus and Uston Advanced Point Count systems. Also, chapters on the art of single- and multiple-deck play, team methods, front-loading, spooking, cheating, getting barred and tournament blackjack. Ken Uston.
Why? This was the long awaited sequel to one of the best-selling blackjack books ever written, Turning the Tables on Las Vegas. Included powerful camouflage strategies to avoid detection by casino staff while card counting. Ian Andersen. 2b1af7f3a8