If you've ever spent time in a casino, or at an online gaming site, there's a good chance that you've tried your hand at blackjack. Blackjack is what's known as a “banked” card game — you're up against the bank (or dealer) rather than other players. Blackjack is the most widely played banked card game in the world. If you've never played, you're in for a treat. Blackjack is a great game. Not only is it a lot of fun to play, it's a fantastic. mental challenge. Blackjack's basic premise — seeing how close you can come to 21 without going over it or being beaten by the dealer's hand — may sound easy. However, there are many different strategies that players use to get to that magic number. Learning these strategies and knowing how to use them correctly is what makes the game both intriguing and captivating, not to mention a blast to play.
There is nothing like the thrill you can get when you split pairs and play both hands out to big wins. There is also nothing like the suspense that builds when the dealer is showing a 10 as an up card and you beat him with lots of little cards that finally add up to 21. Neither situation might seem exciting to you now. When you're done with this book, they will.
Blackjack is one of the older table games in existence. As such, it typically doesn't grab the spotlight that some newer games do. What's more, it's simply not the sort of game that attracts the kind of attention that games like No-Limit Texas Hold'em do. However, when people discover blackjack, they rarely quit playing it. Even after they learn other games, they'll always enjoy the unique challenges that are part of the game of blackjack, and playing the game will always occupy some part of their gaming experience.
The Everything ® Blackjack Strategy Book shows everyone — from beginner to seasoned player — what the game is all about and what you need to know to play it well. But blackjack doesn't happen in a vacuum, so we also included lots of information on what gambling in general is all about.
Beginners and experts approach the game differently. For the most part, these differences boil down to the strategies and skills that expert players often use to give themselves as much of an edge over the house — the casino — as they can get. This book teaches you the basics — including basic strategy, which all beginning blackjack players must master — as well as some of the more advanced techniques for mastering the game. What also sets this book apart from others is the backgrounds of the authors. You're getting a unique, dual-focus look at the game here — from the casinos' perspective (Tom's), and the player's perspective (Sonia's). As such, this book is not just an Everything® guide. It's also an insider's guide.
By the time you finish reading The Everything® Blackjack Strategy Book, you'll not only know how to play blackjack, you'll also have a feeling for what it's like to really play it in a casino, whether land-based or online. You'll know what to expect if you've never been in a casino and what to do when you're there. You'll also know the basics of good gambling, and, most important, you'll know how to be a good gambler. Make these principles yours, and you'll always be a winner.