Playing Blackjack as a Business (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/11/28
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I was a member of Ken Uston's team of Blackjack players and counters and I can tell you that although Ken was a programmer who ran his own computer analysis, the book we consulted was this book, “Playing Blackjack as a Business” by Lawrence Revere. This is still the book that I recommend anybody who wants to learn to play Blackjack well. As a member of Ken Uston's team, I can tell you that this Revere book is the book that Ken Uston studied. One of the reasons why the Revere 14-point System is effective is that almost nobody knows it. Anybody familiar with Thorp's Basic Strategy can immediately see whether a player is following that strategy. Also, the Thorp Plus-Minus System depicted in the movie 21 is fairly easy to detect.
Ken Uston was born on January 12, 1935 in New York City. He graduated from Yale and earned an MBA at Harvard University. He became Vice-President of the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange. He is the author of several books on computer science and computer games. He died in Paris, France on September 19, 1987 at age 52. Roy Hoppe is a rated chess master and a professional bridge player. He was a professional blackjack player until he "retired" from the game for reasons explained in the book.
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How well did Revere actually do? He gives a record of his play during a period when he hopped from one casino to another, playing only a few minutes in each one to avoid detection as a counter. If this is an honest record, it would seem to support Revere's claims that he beat the game, although he does not mention certain factors such as penetration which would affect his results.
In any event, this could be a good introduction to the game, along with Thorpe's Beat the Dealer, provided one takes it with a grain of salt. Just remember that casinos now have software which they use to keep track of players and detect counting methods.