In today’s modern age, we get the majority of our information from the internet. Blackjack books have been all-but forgotten by gaming enthusiasts. It’s a travesty, in my opinion, and one that needs to be corrected.
Time is something we could all use a little more of, but in every aspect of life, it takes study to perfect a talent. Whether it’s as complicated as going to college to become a neural surgeon, or as painless as studying blackjack books to improve your gameplay at the casino, without time and dedication to studies, ultimate success will never become achievable.
With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of what I believe to be the best blackjack books for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. And don’t worry so much about time. We can all find time in one way or another.
Pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble and read while lying in bed. Download it on your Kindle and read at the bus stop. Purchase an audio-version and listen to it while driving. If you want to become a better blackjack player, you will find the time.
Blackjack Books for Beginners
There are hundreds of blackjack books aimed at teaching beginners how to play the game, but the best by far in my opinion is Kevin Gerard’s 2014 updated edition of ‘How to Play Blackjack’. It’s easy to read, entertaining, and is chalk full of valuable information.
Of course, the basic rules of blackjack are the primary topic, but Gerard goes well beyond the basic rules of the game. He uses situational scenarios to explain odds and probabilities, giving strategic advice for just about any situation you could come across.
How to Play Blackjack can easily catapult a first-time player through the beginner and intermediate stages, right up to semi-professional level.
Blackjack Books for Intermediate Players
Maybe you already know the rules of the game, and are familiar with playing in live and/or online situations. Now it’s time to take your game to the next level. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as blackjack books that don’t detail the rules of the game, so you’ll have to skip over those chapters when reading ‘Professional Blackjack’ by Stanford Wong.
Wong teaches blackjack players who already have initial knowledge of the game to use advanced strategies; namely the High-Low Card Counting System. This method of counting cards predates the author, but the way he explains the system is far superior to any other blackjack books I’ve come across.
Professional Blackjack sticks to the lessons at hands, branding into the reader’s head the need for strict bankroll management, discipline and patience, without wasting time on personal tales of past trials and tribulations. Players will learn the high-low card counting system, as well as a 2-level halves count.
Blackjack Books for Advanced Players
If you’re looking for the proverbial Blackjack Bible, you’ll find it in Don Schlesinger’s ‘Blackjack Attack’. This book is not for beginners, as the author assumes each reader already has intermediate knowledge of the rules, basic strategies and elementary card counting systems.
It might be a good idea to read Edward Thorpe’s famous ‘Beat The Dealer’ (1962) before jumping into Schlesinger’s text. Although Thorpe’s book is over half a century old, having knowledge of rudimentary blackjack theory may make it easier to absorb the wealth of advanced, professional level knowledge found in Blackjack Attack.