I'm getting ready to buy another blackjack book. Ive read several and now I'm going to read.1. "200 Proof Blackjack" 2. "Blackjack as a Business" 3. "Blackjackwisdom" 4. "Big Black Book of BLackjack"......Which one would you guys recommend????
If you're asking for a recommendation among the four you list, 200 Proof Blackjack is far and away the best of the four for new players. Afterward, don't overlook the obvious, Professional Blackjack, which is also a must read.
There are various books with various emphases. My honest recommendation is you devour almost everything except Mezrich. One thing I haven't found (but I haven't read everything by a long shot, I haven't read 200 Proof and haven't read another book that looks just from eyeballing the back of the cover like it's a good introductory overview: Blackwood's Play Blackjack Like the Pros) is a solid, comprehensive, up-to-date, A-Z manual that will teach in clear terms a genuine winning strategy producing a meaningful edge, with precise instructions on how to implement. Then again, there are reasons why such a book would be hard to produce.
It seems like the best information is scattered among a lot of different books. The way to get an education is to read as much as possible, assimilate whatever's relevant to your specific goals, and ask a lot of questions here. Among the books I've read that you named, my personal favorite is Snyder's Big Book of Blackjack because it has a thorough and immensely engaging history of card counting, and the history really is fascinating. The better you understand why a beatable game continues (however diminishingly) to be offered by casinos, the better you'll be able to exploit casinos' own biases and needs for your personal ends.
Brazenly I might suggest you keep an eye out for a forthcoming memoir, Repeat Until Rich, by an author named Axelrad who seems to be some sort of clown. He played in team fashion for a living from 2000 to 2004. The book supposedly aims to go deep into the psychic interior of a sometime professional gambler who perhaps has his own mental issues. If you're wondering what actually becomes of a person who dives whole-hog into the card-counting dream life, this book will show you. Supposedly. It's due out from Penguin next March.
Looks like a fun read. I've reserved a space on my bookshelf for it between Blackjack Autumn and Las Vegas Blackjack Diary. Sorry Barfarkel, your book is too tall for that shelf. It lives down below with other tall books.
It should be at least half-decent since Penguin Press is the publisher. They say sale date is 3/18/2010. See link below and go to page 18 of pdf. They are going to have quite a promo program for this book.
I would endorse any monograph written by someone who makes their livelihood from exploiting the game. The book that comes to mind is "Burning the Tables in Las Vegas" by Ian Anderson. Other titles wouldn't hurt but that copy is a must study.
I have to recommend Norm Wattenberger's online book Modern Blackjack. It's fairly comprehensive and presents a couple of simple yet powerful systems. My favorite part is the detailed comparison of today's popular counts, best of all it's completely free!
It was actually a complete re-write of his original book (with a similar title) - "Turning the �"
That book was hilariously bad. I am sure that the author had wished the book could have been "recalled", but I digress. L.O.L.
The basic idea of " Burning �" is that (supposedly) you can get away with a huge spread betting VERY BIG to REALLY HUGE money in Las Vegas if you lay down sufficient "cover play" and "camouflage" acting like a superstitious Chinese (sic) player.
I have no doubt that some decades ago, this was (dubiously) valuable info. It is NOT now.
Surveillance is MUCH tighter these days and if you win the huge sums claimed by the author - you will be 86'd without doubt.
Giving up some smart plays is costly (in the cumulative sense) and raises one's Risk of Ruin.