Casino Gambling: A Winners
Guide to Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat & Casino Poker
The Blackjack Pro: Rob McGarvey
became acquainted with Jerry Patterson by reading his book Blackjack: A Winner's
Handbook. I first looked the book over in a library, then bought it for my own
library. I learned many interesting things about playing Blackjack from this book.
Later on I ran into Jerry on an e-mail group I belong to. I let him know how much I
enjoyed his book, and offered to review any other work he had coming out. Jerry sent
me his new book Casino Gambling: A Winner's Guide to Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat
and Casino Poker.
Originally, I started my "gambling career" playing Roulette. I played
progressions and never ran into the long run of things, escaping with my money and nerves
intact. I realized shortly there after that Blackjack's house edge could be busted, and
began down that road. I have also played Bacc and Craps, mostly for fun against the low
house edge, again with progressions that never topped 3 or 4 unit bets. Basically, I've
played all the games Jerry writes about in his book to some degree or another.
On the cover, you'll see How to Become an "Advantage Player". An Advantage
Player is defined as any player that can actually hold an advantage over the casino.
Blackjack, Poker, T-bred horses, and Sports Betting have always been known as the
"Big 4" W type games (W = win-able). How the heck is Jerry going to turn the
5.26% house edge in Roulette into an advantage? What about the 1.14% Craps house edge?
Becoming an Advantage Player has us looking to alter the random outcome of the dice in
Craps with "Controlled Throwing." For Roulette, we look for Roulette Croupiers
who are giving a discernable "Dealer Signature", creating for us exploitable
non-random results. In Blackjack, again we look for the dealer's shuffling and pick-up
procedures to create player favorable conditions. Fantastic!
Jerry turned the Blackjack community on its ear back in the 80's by proclaiming that
multi-decked Blackjack games were killing counters due to their non-random card groupings
from the wash and shuffle. Players 1-2% advantages became non-existent for periods during
the play of shoes and wiped them out at times.
Jerry came up with methods to keep counting players in their 1-2% advantage during
random games AND to take advantage of these non-random decks (or parts of decks),
possibly increasing the over all player advantage. It is no wonder to me that Jerry has
put together methods to create non-random effects with dice, or spot non-random effects
created by a Roulette dealer going through the motions over and over again.
Have you ever watched professional dart players as they play? It amazes me how they can
almost put the dart into triple 20 over and over again. "Controlled Throwing"
brings this picture to mind. With the right dice set up and a proper throwing method, a
player can decrease or increase the number of 7's they throw. I can just imagine the
achievable % advantage to this!
What about knowing about 5 numbers on the Roulette wheel that the dealer is not likely
to hit with their obvious dealer signature? This would be very nice indeed. How about
knowing 5 numbers the dealer is VERY likely to hit with their next ball? Let Jerry
introduce you to the "Power Sector Method".
Jerry covers Blackjack in this book as well. In chapter 7, he covers the multi-deck
game winning strategy. A risk aversive basic strategy is introduced, and card counters
recommendations are also given to help keep biases from killing them. Chapter 8 deals with
single and double deck games, which are still very beatable with counting. Again, Jerry
has some interesting ways to play them.
Baccarat doesn't have any beatable biases, but it is streaky, or choppy at times. Jerry
gives some playing tips for people that want to play this game at the recreational level.
And now, the one paragraph that will basically sum up my review of Casino Gambling: A
Winner's Guide to Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, and Casino Poker:
"Jerry Patterson's book Casino Gambling: A Winner's Guide to Blackjack, Craps,
Roulette, Baccarat, and Casino Poker brings together unique, understandable ways of
finding or creating the circumstances that will change the outcome of your bets.
"YOU can become an "Advantage Player", by using the Power Sector
Method in Roulette, Controlled Throwing in Craps, and CCS and Ride the Bias for the
multi-deck Blackjack games of today.
"Packed with interesting information from front to back, filled with the thoughts
and findings of Jerry's 44 years gambling experience, this book is a definite
"have-to-have" in any gamblers library. On top of all that, you are getting THREE
advantage gambling systems in one book for $13.95! It's hard to beat that!"
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