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    Quote Originally Posted by Letangs View Post
    And you could recommend him only ONE book.
    Which would it be ?
    I would recommend Blackjack Life by Nathaniel Tilton.

    It provides enough technical data for you to get a feel and understanding about what is required and provides an informative and entertaining introduction to the world of AP blackjack.
    With that information you are now ready to make a decision about learning to count.

    Norm's book on this site would be my next recommendation and there are others that have been suggested that are good. One will not get the job done.
    Luck is nothing more than probability taken personally!

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    Hi,
    If this person were truly a friend and, for some weird reason, he limits me to just one book to teach him how to count cards, I would tell him not to bother asking me that question because it doesn't make any sense. It's hard to explain, but I've been doing this a helluva long time and there is no way I can see someone making enough meaningful progress from reading one book. It would be a big disservice to my friend to let him walk away thinking that my one book recommendation is going to make any difference.
    In trying to help a friend, I would need to know a lot of information about what he's trying to accomplish and what his situation is like.
    If the question is trying to ask, "What is the most comprehensive, useful book on card counting?" I'd say it's Norm's free online book. But, even that mega-excellent book cannot cover everything one needs to know to truly understand what's going on with card counting. Also, everyone is different and as they say, "Your mileage may vary."

    Best,
    SiMi

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    I would keep it modern and recommend him "Modern Blackjack".

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    You guys confirm that Norm's free book is a must read ? I must confess that I didn't throw an eye onto it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letangs View Post
    You guys confirm that Norm's free book is a must read ? I must confess that I didn't throw an eye onto it yet.
    It possesses much relevant information. Consider taking time after supper to read. Sim charts, data points, anecdotes, stories, and facts-of-live relevant to 21 AP playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogman_1234 View Post
    It possesses much relevant information. Consider taking time after supper to read. Sim charts, data points, anecdotes, stories, and facts-of-live relevant to 21 AP playing.
    I must take some hours of my free time to have a look at it then !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letangs View Post
    I must take some hours of my free time to have a look at it then !
    No, not "take some hours of my free time" you should MAKE time to read it before your real money hit the fell. Do not think it worth nothing because it is free.

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    OK, one should understand that there is the task of technically learning how to count cards and then there is the next and more important task of learning how to be an AP.

    I have not counted them but I am sure I have read over 50 books now and I must say that some good information has been found in most. I do not know of a single book that solves all of the need.

    Learning to play advantage blackjack is a course of study, not a book to read. Think algebra I, algebra II, etc.

    Blackjack Attack III is the encyclopedia of blackjack and is both a required read for AP and a reference document for many topics of interest as your skill and experience progress.

    Good luck
    Luck is nothing more than probability taken personally!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealth View Post
    OK, one should understand that there is the task of technically learning how to count cards and then there is the next and more important task of learning how to be an AP.

    I have not counted them but I am sure I have read over 50 books now and I must say that some good information has been found in most. I do not know of a single book that solves all of the need.

    Learning to play advantage blackjack is a course of study, not a book to read. Think algebra I, algebra II, etc.

    Blackjack Attack III is the encyclopedia of blackjack and is both a required read for AP and a reference document for many topics of interest as your skill and experience progress.

    Good luck
    Another book I would recommend after you begin learning is ToBJ. Helps me understand the "why's" and "how's" of beating the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cc12b View Post
    No, not "take some hours of my free time" you should MAKE time to read it before your real money hit the fell. Do not think it worth nothing because it is free.
    I think you missunderstood me bro.
    I’m far from thinking it’s not worth anything because it’s free.
    I’m not a professional AP, I’m just curious about Blackjack. That’s why I said free time, nothing negative here

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