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    Hello Peeps,

    I'm a kind of book-geek and I like the idea of building a solid Blackjack Library even if some of these books are definitely out-dated and are nowhere near of any use in the current Blackjack-time we play now. It's still cool and pleaseant to read, also every book I have read (of the list below) taught me things that I wasn't necessarily aware of.

    Here is my Blackjack Library listed down as of right now :

    Blackjack Attack 3 by Don Schlesinger
    The Color of Blackjack by Daniel Dravot
    Beat The Dealer by Edward O. Thorp
    Play Blackjack like the Pros by Kewin Blackwood
    Knock-Out Blackjack by Olaf Vancura & Ken Fuchs
    Basic Blackjack by Stanford Wong
    Burning the Tables in Las Vegas by Ian Andersen
    Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere
    The Theory of Blackjack by Peter A. Griffin
    Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
    The World's Greatest Blackjack Book by Lance Humble & Carl Cooper
    Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong
    Million Dollar Blackjack by Ken Uston
    Blackjack for Blood by Bryce Carlson

    Do you have any suggestion seeing that list ? Books that I might have missed and are a must-read ?
    Obviously we can forget about Grosjean's book, as I feel like putting $2000 for the book is going to lead me to being single in a short period of time
    My ears are wide open, let's share opinion and advises !

    Oh and... Don't hesitate to share YOUR library !!
    Last edited by Letangs; 12-01-2018 at 11:39 AM.
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    Add 200 Proof Blackjack by Bootlegger to your library.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Player View Post
    Add 200 Proof Blackjack by Bootlegger to your library.
    Hello Midwest !

    Do you mind telling us more about this book ?
    Wayne Gretzky once said that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Life’s too short for regrets.

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    Add Blackjack Life by Nathaniel Tilton. Must for the beginning AP to get a perspective on the AP environament and some very good technical knowledge.

    I have over 100 books and publications (many of the Blackjack Forum periodicals). My observation is that their are a few that are critical to your education and they are in the list you provided. The other view is that you learn something in almost all of them and that no one serves as the complete source for all things AP blackjack.

    CAA by Grosjean and Blackjack Attack III by Schlesinger are top of list mandantory for both education and reference. Advanced Advantage Play by Jacobsen is a good source (obscenely priced) for many AP plays on many games and side bets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Letangs View Post
    Hello Midwest !

    Do you mind telling us more about this book ?
    Bootlegger's book is a beginners book on blackjack. It presents the Hi-Low counting system. It tells about how he first came across blackjack and even mentions playing at the Kewadin casino in the good ol' U.P. in the early days of Indian gaming. It also has other interesting stories that would only happen to a beginner at blackjack. It presents a comparison of a traditional betting ramp with an optimal betting ramp. It is an easy read. Somebody with only a 6th grade reading ability would have no trouble understanding it.

    I do believe Don S proof read the book for Bootlegger, but I think Don does that for a lot of blackjack authors. So if anything was out of the ordinary Don would have probably caught it.

    Now let me tell you a little bit about Bootlegger. Bootlegger was not a professional blackjack player. He was from Ohio and during his working life he was a union boss. However, over time he became very involved in blackjack. In BJ21's glory years he was respected as one of the top posters on BJ21. He did take an early retirement and unfortunately he only lived for a few years after that. I believe his obit on BJ21 had the most sympathy responses except for MathProf's.

    I did like Boot's easy writing style and always read his posts on BJ21 regardless if they had to do with BJ or politics. In my only trip to Vegas it was Bootlegger who took me by the hand and drove me to the pizza party and then the green chip dinner party. He was an all around nice guy. When he died BJ21 had a special green chip party in his honor and remembrance .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Player View Post
    Bootlegger's book is a beginners book on blackjack. It presents the Hi-Low counting system. It tells about how he first came across blackjack and even mentions playing at the Kewadin casino in the good ol' U.P. in the early days of Indian gaming. It also has other interesting stories that would only happen to a beginner at blackjack. It presents a comparison of a traditional betting ramp with an optimal betting ramp. It is an easy read. Somebody with only a 6th grade reading ability would have no trouble understanding it.

    I do believe Don S proof read the book for Bootlegger, but I think Don does that for a lot of blackjack authors. So if anything was out of the ordinary Don would have probably caught it.

    Now let me tell you a little bit about Bootlegger. Bootlegger was not a professional blackjack player. He was from Ohio and during his working life he was a union boss. However, over time he became very involved in blackjack. In BJ21's glory years he was respected as one of the top posters on BJ21. He did take an early retirement and unfortunately he only lived for a few years after that. I believe his obit on BJ21 had the most sympathy responses except for MathProf's.

    I did like Boot's easy writing style and always read his posts on BJ21 regardless if they had to do with BJ or politics. In my only trip to Vegas it was Bootlegger who took me by the hand and drove me to the pizza party and then the green chip dinner party. He was an all around nice guy. When he died BJ21 had a special green chip party in his honor and remembrance .
    I wasn’t expecting such a detailed answer. Let me tell you, it was pleasant to read.

    You drew my interest. I have to find a way to get this book shipped to Europe...!

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    Letangs, if you can expand your search to extend beyond books I have a real sleeper for you. Join Bj21 for like a three-month subscription and read the archives sections, starting with all the old post of the month winners. Then do searches on all the legends of the game including the late's Math professor, bootlegger. You can find like 5000 posts from Don S alone, among many, many others extremely knowledgeable contributors. You can also search by specific topics and find the right answers.
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    Bosox, a beautiful post till you brought me into it and this thread.

    Regarding books, you should look into the ones by Revere. When I first started, I found his charts in his book best with beautiful colors.

    Also, he was an interesting character.

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    Sorry ZeeBabar, I removed the sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoSox View Post
    Sorry ZeeBabar, I removed the sentence.
    Appreciate it.

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