Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Blackjack by Mark Piersol

You want to master the game of blackjack, but you don’t know where to start. You’ve heard that there are many different strategies out there and that it all depends on your style of play.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Blackjack is a blackjack strategy book that begins by introducing you to twenty-one, the game’s history, basic strategy, card counting and more. There are many strategies to blackjack, but the book teaches you the best ones for your style of gameplay.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Blackjack is written by Mark Piersol and published by Three Rivers Press, Penguin Group (USA) Inc. The book contains 247 pages in paperback form for $12.00.

The publication begins by teaching you how to deal and the basic rules of blackjack with a chart that breaks down the gameplay to make it easier for beginners. Learning everything from betting, shuffling, and splitting to the “what’s expected” reputation in casinos will help you know what is going on at all times.

Piersol takes the reader beyond the basic blackjack game by teaching card counting, playing strategies, and more that can help you better your odds and add to your strategy in the long run. There are many different scenarios that players deal with, so learning these situations will make all the difference in the world. The author teaches you how to be the best blackjack player by looking at the positive and negative hands that can be dealt. By following the basic rule found in most books: “21 don’t bust,” you stay out of a bad situation.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Blackjack explains how to play regardless of whether you play against one dealer or multiple dealers, which is especially helpful if you are playing online.

The book teaches beginners how to play blackjack and offers many betting strategies that can change the way you play your hand in the long run. Who wouldn’t want their bets to pay more? The author helps the player by teaching when it’s best to split or double down against the dealer with charts that guide you when it’s a good time to bet.

Piersol breaks down his method of learning in three ways: the introduction, rules and procedures, and gameplay, which can be found in the front matter of the book. The author also inserts pictures into his chapters to help readers better understand what they are reading about.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Blackjack is an excellent book for beginners that explains the basic strategy and helps the player learn how to bet like a pro in no time. Learning everything from card counting, betting systems, and more, this well-written publication can help you win big in any casino game setting. All you have to do is follow the rules and win.

If you are looking for more sophisticated strategies, you can consider “The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book” by Ken Smith and Anthony Curtis. These authors are considered by many to be the world experts on card counting strategies for multiple decks, which are used in most casinos today. Do the life of a gambler interest you? Then have a look at “The Blackjack Life” by Don Schlesinger and Roger Rapoport, a book dedicated to showing you what’s happing outside the tables.