I am wondering... is blackjack a viable game to get involved with given current casino conditions (6:5, heat/barrings, penetration, other rules). Are there still enough beatable games available to make the time and effort worth while? I will be living in the LV area and want to know... is Bj the way to go? I will have a starting bank of $5000 which I had planned on a big bet of $40 and a spread of $5 - $40 (1-8) which will give me a very slim risk of ruin based on my studies thus far(is this a good start so far... suggestions?). What kind of games should I focus on (1 - 8 deck, penetration, ect.)? I have read professional blackjack, million dollar blackjack, blackjack as a business, blackjack for blood... I have found these books to be a good start in studing counting systems and other good information in an effort to find the one I will be most comfortable with using... is there any more recommended reading? Any other things I should be thinking about or any other pointers that any of the sucessful players on this site can offer? Should I even be pursuing this game, given this start, at this point in time? Thank you for any valuable input!