Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gift for the Gambler? 1536 Free Waters and Other Blackjack Endeavors Book

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If you have a person who likes to visit casinos or you yourself are that person I have a great gift idea for you.  The book is titled, "1536 Free Waters and Other Blackjack Endeavors: Finding Profit and Humor in Card-Counting" by Glen Wiggy.  I enjoy going to casinos, however, I only play slot machines. My husband loves playing blackjack so I gave this book to him and here is what he has to say:

Having been a blackjack player for about 15 years I was immediately interested in this book just from reading the title.  I have attempted to read other books about card counting in blackjack but they were always too technical and dry and not enjoyable.  Mr. Wiggy is a numbers whiz but also able to make the subject very simple and fun to learn about.  If you are interested in pursuing blackjack for serious profit, I would encourage you to read this book.  Here is a quote from him: "I recorded an enormous amount of empirical data while counting cards at blackjack over the years-my findings are genuine and accurate. I also documented humorous stories and anecdotes from the wonderfully strange people and places I encountered."

 You will learn the basics of card counting, the importance of following basic strategy, techniques for managing your money and the pitfalls of greedy gambling behavior. I have already begun to practice at home learning what I have read and I am getting better each time.  I saw a lot of myself in some of his stories including some I could have written myself. But this book is not strictly about learning how to count cards, it talks about his life and of his more than 800 casino visits from January 2011 through June 2008. 

It helps to have at least a basic knowledge of blackjack, though it is not a requirement.  A lot of the authors stories about what happened to him and around him while gambling sounded very familiar to me and I found myself literally laughing out loud on a number of occasions.  Because of Mr. Wiggy I now have a name for those individuals who probably should stay away from the tables, Blackjackally Challenged. If you are a blackjack player then I am sure you know exactly the type of people being referred to. Plus, the story behind the title of the book is a really funny one so I won't give it away.  His stories don't always focus on blackjack, in fact a number of them focus of casinos in general and the people who frequent them. 

This book is not a guarantee you will win money every time, however, Mr. Wiggy's overall blackjack results show a profit, but as he points out you have to practice what he teaches and you have to always, always, always follow Blackjack basic strategy. This was a very fun book to read and I know that I will refer back to it often as I continue to work on card-counting as well as staying up on basic strategy.

This book retails for $18.95, but I found it on Amazon for $14.21.  The Kindle edition is $3.99. 

Thanks to Smith Publicity for my sample for review. Opinions are honest. 

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