Book Review: The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book by Ken Smith and Anthony Curtis

The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book by Ken Smith and Anthony Curtis has 738 pages of content that are a perfect guide for the blackjack player. This book teaches you what strategy to use for card counting and how to implement it into your game to win more money. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, this blackjack strategy book will increase your knowledge and allow for successful betting. The content is very well organised throughout sixteen chapters. The first chapter outlines the history of blackjack, from its origins in France and Italy to modern-day casinos worldwide.

The second chapter goes into great detail about card counting and its relation to the player and the casino. For example, it explains how casinos use two different decks of cards easily discernible between the ten-valued cards and ace valued cards. The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book also describes the fault theory about card counting. It is stated in this chapter that card counters have a mathematical advantage over casinos when they play blackjack.

In addition, this book highlights the basic strategy of blackjack, a list of hands created by experts over time and includes every possible combination to beat the house. However, the best way to win at blackjack is not only to memorise the basic strategy hand combinations but to learn how the deck is being shuffled and to time your bets accordingly.

Chapter 3 of The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book discusses how the shuffling of cards can be used against gamblers. This chapter goes into depth about the order in which cards are drawn from a deck, i.e., whether or not one card is placed on top of another card or if the deck is mixed correctly. The chapter concludes with an explanation of how to count cards in the blackjack hand game.

Chapters 4, 5, and 6 focus on card counting methods such as Hi-Lo, Forward/Reverse, and Ace Counting systems. It also discusses the concept of using a “hard 16” to increase your chances of winning, how the casino will try to catch you counting cards, and techniques to keep them from doing so.

Chapters 7 and 8 go into detail about card deck strategies used in blackjack hand gamblers. This book comes in handy because it includes six different strategies on how to count cards. It emphasises that there are many ways to count cards and that players should not rely on only one method.

Chapters 9 through 12 discuss the most common mistakes made by card counters, how to counter the hole carding techniques, win using basic strategy hand combinations, and the ten steps of playing a winning game against the dealer. The last chapter is an appendix that explains how the authors came up with all of their card counting techniques and strategies.

Overall, The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book is an excellent read if you want to learn how to count cards and improve your blackjack game or already know everything there is to know about blackjack hand gamblers. Furthermore, it is organised well and is spread out over seven hundred pages of content that cover everything from the history of blackjack to card counting methods. This book has become one of my favourites because it has a lot of great information on playing better at the casino.

If you want to take it a step further, you can read “Playing Blackjack as a Business” by Stanford Wong, a book written for good players that want to become the best. However, if you don’t know the first thing about blackjack, you have a great alternative in “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Blackjack” by Mark Piersol, a fun read for anyone that wants to learn blackjack