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Blackjack Bootcamps – 5 Years Later

September 24th, 2014

by Colin Jones

event_193839662Just over 5 years ago, a group of about 10 aspiring card counters took a huge risk to fly to Las Vegas to spend the day with a couple of guys who had been posting blackjack training videos on an oddly named website called “Blackjack Appretish”, or something like that.

Ben and I had a vision of taking card counting training beyond our $1M blackjack team (which we never mentioned on the website or even at our first few bootcamps).

We knew we had something to offer to the card counting community, and we wanted to see card counters crushing casinos  long after we were no longer playing or running a team.

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Deck Estimation

September 19th, 2014

Member Story Time – Getting Backed Off by the Legend, Max Rubin

September 18th, 2014


This is an awesome story we received from a card counter friend of ours, “HitA7″.  After reading this story, make sure to read our recent interview with him!

Here’s a picture of me earlier this week after being backed off at Barona, with the man himself Max Rubin!

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Interview with BJA Member “HitA7″

September 18th, 2014

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For this edition of “Profile of a Card Counter”, we interviewed our friend, “HitA7″ about his training, exploits, successes, and failures.

If you’re new to card counting, don’t overlook the value of learning from others.

If you’re a seasoned counter, you should be able to relate to the highs and lows of fleecing the casinos!

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How to Know You’re Ready

September 17th, 2014


New  Video on how to know if you’re ready to take on the casinos!

Story Time: “Hitting a 21″

September 5th, 2014

Ben Long HairI was playing in the high limits room in a Harrah’s property talking with the Pit. It was slow and I was one of the only few people there. The lady I was talking to seemed like she was tired and was having a bad week, but our conversation made her a bit more cheery.

Another man walks in, a regular, who started buying in for 20 or 30 grand at a time and playing $5,000 or more a hand. As soon as the lady in the Pit saw him her entire countenance fell. It turns out this guy is a royal pain in the ass. Read More »

How to Lose at Blackjack

August 20th, 2014

How to Lose at BlackjackEveryone loses.

I’m not sure how many sessions of backjack I’ve played in my life.

My guess is around 1000.

Far less than many advantage players, even ones that played on our team.

In fact, if we want to talk about other embarrassing statistics we can talk about how much I’ve won at casinos. Or rather, how much I haven’t won. I was just told by Colin that my lifetime win is actually under $100,000. Good thing there’s multiple ways of calling yourself a “professional” (one is just having a low standard of living).* So, how was I able to start a team and a website that teaches people like you how to extract money from casinos? Well, I was reading a book this last week and I stumbled across a little insight that I think contributed to my success and I would like to share it with you here. It’s how I became good at losing. Read More »

Recommended Bankroll for Blackjack

August 6th, 2014

Recommended Bankroll Size Blackjack

My brother likes to joke with me whenever he knows I’m headed to Las Vegas (or any casino for that matter): “Hey bro, if I give you $100 can’t you, like, turn it into $100,000?” He knows that’s not how card counting works, but movies like “The Hangover” have resulted in many people not understanding what it really takes to beat the game.

I’m going to explain exactly how much of a bankroll you really need to beat blackjack. But first… Read More »

Interview with BJA Member “iambowman”

July 24th, 2014

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Every month or so, we like to take the opportunity to profile a different card counter on our Forum.

It gives us all an opportunity to learn from each others’ experiences, to get inspired by some good stories, and for those who are still training to hear from those who have gone before them.

We recently had the privilege of interviewing “iambowman”. He shares some of the ups and downs of getting started, the biggest challenges he’s had to overcome  (hint… they had nothing to do with playing blackjack properly), and shares a few of his most impressive non-casino related advantage plays…

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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Your Blackjack Dealer

July 22nd, 2014

Don't Trust Your Blackjack DealerThe count rises to a true 4.

I grab a stack of $100 black chips and place them in the my betting square.

I get a 9,3 and the dealer has a 7 up. I hit my 12 and get a 2, hit again and get a 4 so I stand. 

The dealer turns the hole card over and reveals a 4. She hits several more times, standing when she has 4, 7, Ace, 3, 2. She then calls out, “push” and moves on to the next round. 

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