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Blackjack training tools

24 November 2002

Some players find it difficult to learn the basic blackjack playing strategy. Ditto for card counting. I know when I first learned blackjack some 30 years ago, I resorted to using flash cards made from index cards to learn the basic playing strategy. On one side I'd put the player's hand and dealer's up card, and the other side would have the correct basic strategy play. I'd run through the flash cards for 30 minutes every day, always putting to the side the hands that gave me trouble. Then I'd run through those hands until I got them right. To make sure I had the strategy down pat, I'd get a sheet of blank sheet of paper and recreate the entire basic strategy grid for every player hand and dealer up card. I did the same flash card routine to learn card counting, including strategy deviations.

Now that I've dated myself, let me tell you about some of the modern tools that are available on the Internet and software products that will make learning basic strategy and card counting a lot easier. Here are some that I recommend.

www.hitorstand.net
There is a very good basic strategy game and tester with two levels of difficulty. The game will keep track of how many hands you played correctly. This is an excellent tool to practice your basic strategy.

www.blackjackinfo.com
This site contains a blackjack strategy trainer. What I like about this trainer is that you can select the number of decks and playing rules. If you make an incorrect play, a strategy coach will pop up and tell you what the correct play is.

www.robtougher.com
You'll find a basic strategy trainer and a card counting trainer on this site. You can also specify which counting system you want to practice.

www.bju21.com
This contains a basic strategy and card counting trainer. There is also unique shoe trainer that will help you estimate the number of decks in the discard tray (great practice for card counters).

www.deepnettech.com
You'll find several excellent shareware basic strategy and card counting software that you can try out. The drills are very good.

www.qfit.com
Not sure which card counting system to use? On this site you'll find the unique Blackjack Strategy Advisor. You describe your skills and circumstance and it will advice you which counting system is best.

If you have a computer, then there are a couple of software options that I can recommend for training purposes.

Blackjack 6 7 8
Inexpensive software that will help you learn the basic strategy playing strategy as well as card counting. You can read more about the software at www.blackjack678.com.

Blackjack Mentor
Excellent software to learn the basic playing strategy. For more details go to www.deepnettech.com.

Blackjack Counter and Blackjack Expert
Two software programs that will teach you how to count cards. ( www.deepnettech.com)

If you want to calculate the house edge for any set of playing rules, go to one of these sites.

Blackjack House Edge Calculator at www.wizardofodds.com.
Trackjack Edge Calculator on www.trackjackedge.com (membership required but worth it).

Finally if you want to do your own blackjack simulations or determine the risk of ruin check out the powerful software available at www.qfit.com.

Now you have no excuse to learn the basic strategy and card counting. Give one or more of these sites or programs a try and before long you will be playing like an expert.


For more information about blackjack, we recommend:

Blackjack: Take the Money and Run by Henry Tamburin
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The Morons of Blackjack and Other Monsters! by Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Blackjack! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
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Henry Tamburin

Henry Tamburin is the author of the best-selling book, Blackjack: Take The Money and Run, editor of the Blackjack Insider e-Newsletter, and Lead Instructor for the Golden Touch Blackjack course. For a free 3-month subscription to his blackjack newsletter with full membership privileges, visit www.bjinsider.com/free. For details on the Golden Touch Blackjack course visit www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 866/WIN-BJ21. For a free copy of his casino gambling catalog featuring over 50 products call 888/353-3234 or visit the Internet store at www.smartgaming.com.

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Henry Tamburin
Henry Tamburin is the author of the best-selling book, Blackjack: Take The Money and Run, editor of the Blackjack Insider e-Newsletter, and Lead Instructor for the Golden Touch Blackjack course. For a free 3-month subscription to his blackjack newsletter with full membership privileges, visit www.bjinsider.com/free. For details on the Golden Touch Blackjack course visit www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 866/WIN-BJ21. For a free copy of his casino gambling catalog featuring over 50 products call 888/353-3234 or visit the Internet store at www.smartgaming.com.

Henry Tamburin Websites:

www.smartgaming.com

Books by Henry Tamburin:

> More Books By Henry Tamburin