Bringing Down the House
by Ben Mezrich
May be the most fascinating book written on blackjack counting teams since the days of Ken Uston (who died in 1987). Written by Ben Mezrich, who gained the trust of a half-dozen MIT students (occupation: blackjack counters), this work covers a four-year period when the 'team' was in its heyday (1994 to 1998), winning big and escaping the clutches of casino management with minimum damage to self and bankrolls. Mezrich must have truly blended in with this group of near-geniuses and sharpies who often communicated in code right at the tables, signaling verbally and non-verbally. But the strength of the book is in his astute observations of how Las Vegas compares to Atlantic City; what the casino mentality is with regard to attracting players and high rollers, including the all-powerful 'whales' (the highest of high rollers), in how surveillance systems are designed to operate, how counters can be threatened, roughed up and warned never to return again.
Online Blackjack Site Offers Surrender!
The surrender rule is a good deal for the blackjack player, but is hard to find at brick and mortar casinos nowadays. Casino Tropez offers this favorable rule at their online casino which cuts the house edge to a low 0.39%. If you're looking to play longer and win more, be sure to try the blackjack surrender table!
Who's the Best Blackjack Player on the Net?
Throughout July, bet365 is hosting an amazing blackjack competition to find the best Blackjack player on the net. For just £1 per hand players can join in the battle for a piece of the £50,000 prize fund and the chance to be crowned the 'bet365 Master of Blackjack'.
MIT Blackjack Team to Hold Seminars Nationwide
The iconic MIT blackjack team, whose real-life adventures inspired the movie "21" and New York Times bestseller "Bringing Down The House", legally won millions from casinos throughout the United States. Now, two former members of that elite card-counting squad are paying visits to select cities in order to teach others how to win at blackjack.
Automatic Win at Blackjack Takes Off in Indiana
Sunday, December 09, 2007
If a player is holding a two-card 20 (10/10 or A/9) and the dealer is showing a 10-value up-card (no blackjack), the player could elect not to play out the hand in return for keeping the original bet and being paid half its value in winnings.
Make Dad A Blackjack Wiz On Father's Day
For dads that are blackjack fans there may be no better gift this Father's Day than unique guidance from the very folks that brought Vegas to its knees -- the MIT blackjack team.
How I Made a Fortune at Blackjack. . .
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Here's an award-winning multiplayer skill game that really does sort the men from the boys in the world of competitive blackjack.
Aces Royal Blackjack Launched for Mobile Phones
UK mobile technology provider Cecure Gaming Limited has launched its second mobile gaming title in the UK, Aces Royal Blackjack, proclaiming it to be the '..most advanced real-money blackjack game for mobile phones.'
Blackjack Institute Adds Classes in NYC and Las Vegas
Like poker, blackjack is a game of skill. And just like poker five years ago, blackjack's stock is on the rise with a professional tour underway, a feature film in production starring Kevin Spacey, and whispers of television shows in the works.
Romantic Blackjack Table for Two?
Monday, February 12, 2007
Forget the chocolate and flowers. This year try cards, playing cards that is. If you are looking for a unique Valentine's Day gift, the Blackjack Institute is offering a special blackjack mentoring opportunity for couples.
MIT Blackjack Team Members Launch Blackjack Institute Seminars
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Blackjack is the only casino game where the odds can be in the player's favor if that player knows what he or she is doing. And who better to learn winning ways from than two former members of the legendary MIT blackjack team.