Blackjack books – Learn how to play Blackjack like a professional

When it comes to card games, few have such a high skill ceiling as Blackjack. Other than skill, Blackjack also requires patience, practice and a bit of luck. Add the possibility to make a lot of money, and it’s no wonder that mastering Blackjack is one of the most relentlessly pursued forms of gambling. The game has been around since the 1700’s, and naturally there have been more than one remarkable individual seeming to have completely figured out the game since then. Many of these renowned gamblers decided to share their knowledge with the world, often in the form of books. For the aspiring Blackjack player, picking up one or a few of these books can greatly help with understanding and mastering the game. Let’s have a look at some of the most influential Blackjack players throughout history, and the titles they produced. Special thanks to, who helped us put this list together.

Edward O. Thorp – The grandfather of modern card counting

Born in 1932, Edward Thorp is considered by most to be the grandfather of modern card counting. After reading an article about a scientific approach to gambling in his 20’s, Thorp ended up dedicating most of his life to beating the dealer and stock market. With immense success. The mathematics professor has written several books on subjects such as elementary probability, the mathematics of gambling and strategies and systems for playing Blackjack. While his works have aged a bit, most- if not all professional Blackjack players will vouch for his books. No matter if you are interested in making money on Blackjack, casinos, Wall Street or even sports betting (For more information visit, Thorpe is definitely a must-read! His most well known titles include:

  • Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One
  • Beat the Market: A Scientific Stock Market System
  • Elementary Probability

Stanford Wong – Redefining the old ways

Stanford Wong, the pseudonym used by John Ferguson, was born in 1943. He started playing Blackjack in the mid 60’s while getting his Phd in Finance, and simultaneously teaching finance courses at San Francisco state university. It was not long before he realized that he stood to make a lot more money while playing Blackjack than teaching, and so he came to an agreement with the University: Wong would be paid a salary of $1 USD teaching his final term, and in exchange he would be excused from all faculty meetings and use the time to pursue his gambling career instead. Throughout his career, Wong managed to produce multiple high quality books about gambling, coin the Blackjack expression “wonging” and create the first ever commercially available Blackjack probability analyzing software. His most influential books on gambling include:

  • Professional Blackjack
  • Blackjack Secrets
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gambling Like a Pro

The masters of Blackjack today

Without Thorp and Wong, Blackjack would not have been the same today. But for aspiring players, many prefer to get a more modern take on the subjects of Blackjack strategies, systems and card counting. Luckily, the techniques invented by the masters have spawned a multitude of incredible players and counters that have gone on to make history. Who could for example forget the MIT Blackjack team that started playing in the late 70’s, and went on to clean casinos for more than $50 million dollars over the years? This incredible story can be seen in the blockbuster movie 21, or read in Bringing Down the House. These modern players, and many others, went on to make millions of dollars and write their own books about how to play Blackjack. If you want a more modern take and writing style, and for online casino Blackjack to be taken into consideration, opt for one or more of the following titles:

  • Blackjack Attack – Playing the Pros’ Way by Don Schlesinger
  • Blackjack for Blood by Bryce Carlson
  • Blackbelt in Blackjack by Arnold Snyder
  • 101 Ways to Win Blackjack: Includes Tips to Win at the Casino and Online by Sonia Weiss and Tom Hagen

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