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Has any had any dealings or heard of the school in melbourne,
It's a good coarse, but way over priced.
You can learn the same thing by clicking the BJ School in the left frame of this web page, and that's for free!
The Melbourne school will try to convince you that it's too hard to learn blackjack by yourself, but it's not that hard really. It just takes many hours of practice, and a little common sense when you start Casino play.
Use the Gamemaster school on line.
It is really helpful in getting you started in the right direction. After that, it's practice, practice, practice....
I've asked a few questions from the Gamemaster and the responses have been extremely beneficial.
The only reason I can think of to attend a blackjack school is to meet people of a like-minded nature. Perhaps interacting with fellow blackjack students can encourage more rigid study and practice but other than that I think schools are a waste of money. And most of them are no doubt run by losers.
The best solution to learn Blackjack is to visit sites like this. From here you can get recommendations as to the best systems to learn, the necessary bankroll requirements and the best games to play.
Before I discovered this site everything I(thought I) knew about blackjack came from reading 1970's books. Phrases like EV, Co-Variance, Score etc were unknown to me, some still are(ahem).
There is no substitute for learning blackjack other than hard work and faith. Sites like this will provide you with all the teaching you need and it wont cost you a penny more than your internet connection.
Ken Uston ran a blackjack school in Atlantic City ca. 1978 - 1981. He was a knowledgeable professional player and he did not rip people off. Lawrence Revere is said to have removed cards from the shoe so that the count at the end of the shoe was other than 0 and to have told his students that they needed more lessons. Caveat emptor!
. . .will give you a good start. Arnold Snyder's site is another good place to pick up info, although it is a little slow right now since it changed formats and is semi-moderated. Ask questions and you'll find helpful answers on these pages and Snyder's site. I'd suggest the Beginner BJ page on this site is a good place to start.
Although I have never taken the Melbourne based course (I am assuming you mean Andrew Scott's BjmAsters), the value of it is that it teaches you how to beat *Australian* casinos. If you were to click "BJ School" on the left, it would teach you how to beat an American version of the bj game with 'x' conditions. Applying these exact strategies to, say, Crown Casino, would be highly ill-advised by any BJ expert. Blackjack sites on the net are extremely "Americanised" (that is not a criticism), and a lot of the information is irrelevant to European No Hole Carders. The i18, for example, differs between ENHC and Vegas style. So, I guess my advice is, if you want to become a pro at BJ within Australia, it is best to seek out *Australian* BJ players, and not American websites.
but how exactly does European no hole card differ with American blackjack other than the restrictions on doubling down? This is not a critism of your post but a genuine question on Australian blackjack(even if this is not the right place for it). Maybe the IL18 differs for multiple decks and rules but what exactly is so different between Australian multiple deck and American multiple deck that would cause the radical shift in blackjack strategy you imply?
And even if Andrew Scott's BjmAsters is a good course, does he honestly teach you anything you could not learn from say Blackjack Attack or any of the other respected works out there?
I stand by my original post. Most blackjack schools are there to provide a less than successful blackjack player with an income he could not get from the tables. Many blackjack authors also fall in the same category. Its a minefield out there regarding blackjack instruction and if Anna;newcomer decides to enroll at a BJ school I pray it is a good course with a dedicated teacher. Hopefully, someone can verify this for her/him.
Different casinos in Australia offer different rules. The main difference is whether or not the dealer takes all bets on a BJ, or whether he takes orginal and busted bets only. Because there's no hole card, the dealer can't 'check' for a BJ so you can double or split against the dealer's 10 or A and risk losing it all on a blackjack. Therefore in some casinos here, the i18 play of doubling 11vA is not mathematically correct. For casinos that take all bets on a BJ, splitting A's and 8's vs dealer 10 and 11 is usually incorrect. A lot (if not most) of the differences in play between Vegas and ENHC blackjack are minor, but when we are talking about an edge of around 1%, basic mistakes can cost you severely.
That said, however, I must concede that I did learn almost everything of what I know today about blackjack on the net, but without 'fine tuning' these skills with fellow Aussie BJ players, I would be playing a far inferior game than most.