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Twenty-First Century Blackjack: A New Strategy for a New Millenium: A New Strategy for a New Millennium Paperback – 30 Jun 1995

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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Bonus Books Inc (30 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156625132X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566251327
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,838,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book, Thomason offers a revolutionary but practical alternative to card counting: a remarkable betting system that is easy to learn, simple to apply, impervious to casino harassment, and, most importantly, more profitable than flat or so-called 'inspired' betting. As evidence, he offers a detailed analysis of thousands of hands of manually dealt play and hundreds of thousands of computer-simulated play. Using a totally unique approach, he compares the win/loss results of three different types of players (a card counter, a flat bettor, and a progressive bettor) who all played the same hands against the same dealer at the same time. Thomason even conducts live casino field tests, joined by several gaming experts who are pre-disposed to be skeptical of his system.

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A realistic approach to winning at blackjack.
This book explains a simple positive progressive strategy for players who lack the ability, emotional control, or bankroll required to be a successful card counter. This practical alternative to flat betting or card counting is fully researched and explained, based on a unique comparitive analysis of betting preferences. This book may very well shake the foundations of how the game is played!

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For years advocates of "positive" progressive betting have claimed that their system of wagering - that is, increasing your bet as you win - was superior to flat betting at blackjack. Read the first page
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
Mathematically positive progression does not win. After a win chances of winning again do deteriorate by approximately 0.1 percent. Why do you want to increase your bet into negative advantage? Streaks happen randomly, they do happen but there are more losses than wins in BJ so you would be unlikely to gain from more by capitalising on winning streaks. Mathematically non-streaks occur more than streaks but the few streaks with a randomise shoe. Counters know that cards are not distributed randomly and so streaks of wins should be more likely at certain positions in the shoe. Walter Thomason's system should do better than flat betting because of this bias. Flat bettors win/lost is average for the favorability of the shoe. Thomason's system takes advantage of the natural non-random favorability of the shoe. Yes his progression should do better than flat betting but my negative progression does much better (I'm a pro counter as well). I know many counter will disagree with me but I do reccommend this book to non-counters because its the next best thing to counting published(not including my stuff). Unfortunately if this system is used in very high count shoes(i.e. lots of small cards) then in the long term it will lose and if you don't count there is no way you will know if a shoe is positive or negative. I have consistent success with my regression system because I combine it with shuffle tracking.
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Save your money! 30 Jun. 2000
By Roger Harris - Published on
Format: Paperback
The most important thing you need to know about this book is that Thomason's system simply does NOT work. Despite Thomason's claims, there is no logical reason to think it should work; there is no convincing (that is, statistically significant) evidence that it does work; and there is CONSIDERABLE evidence, from both math and computer simulations, that it does NOT work. I have simulated this system using CVSim (a popular commercial simulator), with my own simulator, and with a modified version of a "freeware" simulator. All together, I have the results from many billions of hands. All three simulators gave precisely the same result: This progression produces slightly worse results, in terms of amount lost per dollar bet, than flat betting. My own simulator also accumulated results by "sessions" ranging from 100 hands (about an hour of playing time) up to 50,000 hands, and it also compared flat betting to the progression on the same hands, as Thomason does in the book. In ALL cases, the progression had fewer winning sessions than flat betting, and flat betting beat the progression in more than half the sessions. It seems likely that Thomason was merely self-deluded at the time he wrote the book (as a result of the insignificant number of blackjack hands that he used for testing), but he now knows about these results, after lengthy debate with myself and others on Stanford Wong's [...] forum. It's hard now for me to avoid the conclusion that Thomason simply doesn't care that a lot of people will lose a lot of money playing this system. You don't need to be one of them. Do NOT fall for the idiotic "reasoning" that since card counting is hard, you should play a progression. This is really just an example of Thomason's inability to deal with ordinary logic.
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
This Book Is Great 3 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have won most of my sessions of play since I bought this book. It is very well written and the author does know what he is talking about. he has data to back up his ideas. If you don't want to learn how to count cards, then this is the next best thing. if you do want to count cards and learn advantage play methods I would recommend Best Blackjack by Frank Scoblette, who wrote introduction to this book, or KO Blackjack by Olaf Fuchs and Ken Ventura. But for me, I like the positive progression that the author describes and I really like the money that I've won!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not for every Black Jack Player 22 Aug. 2001
By Just1e - Published on
Format: Paperback
After meticulously dealing 5,000 hands of blackjack and recording the results of three separate betting systems playing the same hands, and after several hundred thousand computer simulations comparing the three betting systems, flat, progressive, and card counting, the author admits he doesn't know why his system works, page 96. This is a very detailed book; Mr. Thomason makes a good argument for his system. Even if you skip over the numerous pages of charts and review the summaries you will be impressed by the amount of effort Mr. Thomason put into the research for this book. It is not a definitive study and in his conclusion, page 173, he admits this is only the "tip of the iceberg". He also admits much more research should be conducted to verify his findings and conclusions. This is not a how to book or for most blackjack players. Readers who enjoy a considerable amount of documentation will enjoy the book. This treatise will turn off readers searching for an easy to read blackjack book. Card counters will not enjoy the book or the results of his tests. Flat bettors eyes will be opened and should profit using this progressive system. I'm glad a bought it and will keep it in my gaming library. I will use some the information in the closing chapters when I return to Las Vegas later this year.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Remarkable Strategy 5 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Really a much needed work looking at areas in blackjack that have for much too long been ignored. A fresh approach that could well be the first step in a new path at beating the game. Although the book focusses mainly on a 5000 hand sample (that is much too small) for analyses, this sample is reasonably representative of actual real world expectations. I have played this game for over 20 years and found Mr. Thomason's ideas to comply with my observasions - I am glad that someone has at last come forward to share such new ideas in a simple and clear 'no frills' way. This book is certainly not going to go down well with the card-counting community, but then again, their days are COUNTED and it is good news to know that there is hope to surpass the old expectations in the modern game. My gut feeling is that this book may well become a classic like 'Beat the dealer' did thirtysomething years ago.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Table observation + quit points 13 Nov. 2002
By Mark - Published on
Format: Paperback
Walter noted that there was a world of difference when suddenly he started using quit points. From another book I read I picked up another stunning idea : Table observation.
Walk up to a table and observe the dealers upcard when he or she is dealing. If 3 out of 5 hands the dealers upcard is 6 or less, the dealer is having a bad trend, sit down and start playing. If the dealers upcards are paint or anything else keep observing until the above rule ( 3 out of 5 upcards [hands] being 6 or less)is met, then sit down.
This amazing rule will allow you to never sit down in the middle of a dealer hot streak and causing you to lose 4 in a row so you have to use your quit point or have you sit down in a lukewarm table where you are losing clusters of 2 or 3 hands. This way the trend is cold for the dealer and you have a higher edge right off the bat. This along with quit points and Thompsons betting system make you a dangerous player. You are only sitting at the table when it is good for you and not the dealer. When the table goes bad, you are gone. When the table gets good while you are observing, you are in.
Good luck.
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