"What Norm fails to tell you is that this monumental
work is one of the most important, comprehensive, pieces of research
ever done on the game of blackjack, and were it in normal print-book
form, would be destined to become one of the all-time classics in
the field. It was my pleasure to read the entire manuscript a month
or two ago, and I have rarely, if ever, been so impressed with the
scholarship and depth of knowledge displayed by a blackjack author."
Donald Schlesinger (Author: Blackjack Attack)
"If there is a more proficient 'sim' master in the U.S., that person has yet to surface."
Richard Epstein (Author: The Theory of Gambling
and Statistical Logic)
Blackjack - Free Version
by Norman Wattenberger
Modern Blackjack, the Book
Modern Blackjack is a free 540-page web-book covering Blackjack from
the basic rules to advanced topics like shuffle tracking, hole-card play,
and team play. The rules of Blackjack are very simple. Nonetheless, an
amazing amount can be said about this seemingly trivial game. To keep
the book to a reasonable number of pages, many pages have been removed
and are kept separately. Otherwise, it would contain over 1,000 pages
and you would get carpal tunnel syndrome trying to read it online. You
can find links on this page and in the book to the extra material. There
is also a bit of free software supplied in conjunction with the advanced
The book can be navigated using next and previous buttons, or via the
index, table of contents, page and chapter jump controls. Published Versions
are also available if you don't want to get carpal tunnel syndrome paging
through 540 pages online. The published version is newer and expanded.
Click on Published Versions in the menu at the left for the second edition.
Click below to enter Modern Blackjack.
Chapter One Sample REKO Charts
Following are the do-it-yourself charts discussed on page 76 of the book.
One of the interesting aspects of REKO is that you can create a set of
strategy charts that look just like Basic Strategy charts and take them
into a casino. Casinos have no problems with Basic Strategy charts. Since
the REKO indexes are all +2, you don't need to include numeric indexes.
Simply create a Basic Strategy chart with a mark wherever there should
be an index of +2. I have created a set of charts like this, which you
can modify and print. You can add your own title like "Horoscope
Weekly." Feel free to change colors or anything else to further disguise
the charts. Three formats are included. Microsoft Word, RTF (supported
by nearly all word processors), and HTML. Click on an HTML table to see
an example. (Note: The table format and colors are a blatant rip-off of
Ken Smith's BS engine.)
- Microsoft Word
- Rich Text Format
Chapter Eight SuperSCOREs
You can find tables of the SuperSCOREs mentioned in the Strategy Comparisons
Chapter at www.qfit.com/book/SuperSCORE.htm.
Chapter Thirteen Tables of Tables
To save space in the book, 70 additional pages of tables and charts for
rule combinations that are rare have been placed online. Note: These files
may take a while to load.
Chapter Eighteen 800 Pages of Data
To obtain information about the inner workings of Blackjack, we simulate
billions of hands. I have placed the output of simulations of REKO, FELT
and Hi-Lo on the web. These are partial outputs of CVData 20-billion-round
simulations and contain a great deal of information not supplied elsewhere
in the book. At first, I thought of including the data in the book. Then
I realized there are 800 pages of data. Much as it would be nice to have
the thickest book on Blackjack, I decided instead to point to the data
online. Explanations can be found in the book. Note: These files may take
a while to load. The sims can be found at:
Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen Free Blackjack Software
The Shuffle Tracking chapter and the Team chapter refer to free Windows
software for NRS calculation and Blackjack team player analysis. Click
the link below to install this software. The software is described in
the free book.
To see the Casino Verite software, go to Casino
Verite Blackjack Software.
All Chapters Charts and Illustrations
Large versions of the 300 charts in the book also exist on this site.
Use the addresses in the book supplied below each chart to locate them.
Modern Blackjack The free Blackjack book