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Legends of Blackjack


True Stories of Players
Who Crushed the Casinos

Kevin Blackwood and Larry Barker

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This book is unlike any other blackjack book because it contains the true stories of the ingenious pioneers who unraveled the secrets to winning at blackjack, and the legendary blackjack players and teams who used this information to win millions of dollars in casinos throughout the world.

You'll Read About:

  • The remarkable exploits of the legendary Czech blackjack team and how they pounded the casinos in Atlantic City, Europe, Africa, Korea, and elsewhere.
  • The true story of the MIT Team, and how the team led by John Chang and Mike Aponte won millions from casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, the Caribbean, and Connecticut.
  • How Frank Salerno developed and implemented the revolutionary Big Player ploy for his successful blackjack teams.
  • The story behind Tommy Hyland and his famous blackjack teams who have been a major force in the blackjack world for decades and are still going strong.
  • How Ed Thorp invented card counting and tested his strategy in Reno.
  • The history and story behind the development and use of the concealed blackjack computers first developed by the genius Keith Taft and later refined by Mickey Weinberg (including rare photos of these computers).
  • The colorful blackjack story of Tommy "The Terminator" Andropulis, one of the most feared blackjack players of all time.
  • The stories and contributions made by the great blackjack teachers and pioneers: Stanford Wong, Ralph Stricker, Anthony Curtis, Donald Schlesinger, Bryce Carlson, and others.
  • Plus the world's best blackjack players, the greatest innovators, the smartest guys, the greatest achievements, and an answer to the question: "Who is the greatest player of all time?"

Chapter One - The Long Shot

Click the link above to read the complete first chapter of the e-book, covering the exploits of the infamous Czech blackjack team.

Blackjack Legends Covered in the Book:

  • George Hascick, who made a daring escape from communist Czechoslovakia, and was the inspiration behind the famous and feared Czech blackjack team.

  • Joe Nevded, one of the most daring globe trotters on the card counting circuit, he boldly went to far away casinos where few had gone before.
  • John Chang, the inspiration behind the legendary MIT Team.

  • Mike Aponte, one of the most successful MIT Big Players.

  • Frank Salerno, who invented the Big Player concept and won millions from casinos around the world.

  • Tommy Hyland, who managed high-stakes blackjack teams comprised of "honest, average people."

  • Keith Taft, who was the first to invent concealed blackjack computers.

  • Mickey Weinberg, who also used concealed blackjack computers for enormous profits in the new field of shuffle tracking.

  • Steve Einbinder, who pushed the envelope in ethical areas while he crushed casinos with a vengeance, mostly by playing lucrative hole-card games.

  • Tommy "The Terminator" Andropulis, one of the most aggressive and controversial card counters in the card counting community.

  • Stanford Wong, the guru of blackjack who wrote the classic book Professional Blackjack and launched the web site and Current Blackjack News newsletter.

  • Edward Thorp, the mathematical genius who became the founding father of card counting.

  • Bryce Carlson, who developed a persona that allowed him to maximize his winning opportunities, and who shared many of his hard-earned secrets in the best-selling book Blackjack for Blood.

  • Ralph Stricker, "The Elder Statesman of Blackjack," made playing and teaching blackjack a career and developed the "Silver Fox" card counting system.

  • Donald Schlesinger, best-known for his groundbreaking book Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pro's Way, developed several innovative ideas for the blackjack community that would forever change the way players attacked the game.

  • Anthony Curtis, who won many high-profile blackjack tournaments, and is the publisher of the famous Las Vegas Advisor newsletter.

Reviews of the book:

"I have met many of the blackjack legends featured in this book and I've been personal friends with some of them; yet, I still discovered new and fascinating details about their rise to fame that I didn't know about prior to reading this book... you will love reading this book."

Jean Scott, "Queen of Comps" and author of many popular gambling guides, including the Frugal Video Poker series.

"Legends of Blackjack is a fascinating and entertaining new e-book by Kevin Blackwood and Larry Barker. The 20 chapters not only read like a Who's Who of Blackjack, but furnish anecdotes that were both new and refreshing, even about people whom I have known for a long time. A great read. I highly recommend it."

Don Schlesinger, author of Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros' Way, 3rd edition "I got an advance review copy, and found this book to be an excellent read. That's not surprising given the excellent team of co-authors, Kevin Blackwood and Larry Barker. I was familiar with some of the people profiled in the book, but in every case I learned something new about them. In a few cases, I recognized the name and remembered meeting someone, but didn't know the story behind the name until reading it here. In one case, I read almost an entire chapter before realizing the subject was a very friendly fellow that I sat next to at a Blackjack Ball a few years back! This book is highly recommended. At $9.99 you can't go wrong." Kenneth Smith, host of and

"Legends of Blackjack" is more than just a series of highly detailed, fun and informative biographies of blackjack's icons and Heros. Blackwood and Barker also share their affection, admiration and respect for each of the creative geniusus they profile. In the best possible sense, every chapter is too short."

Eliot Jacobson, Ph.D.

"In Legends of Blackjack, Larry Barker and Kevin Blackwood managed to get some of the top players to come out of the shadows and share their stories. Finally there is a book that does justice to the brilliance of these remarkable individuals.

Rick Blaine, author of Blackjack Blueprint - How to Play Like a Pro ... Part-Time." "If you love to read, as I do, about players who are very successful at making money gambling in a casino, you will love reading LOB. I find inspiration in such stories, and especially enjoy reading how their early life and non-gambling activities show the kind of personality and skills needed in their gambling craft. I have met many of the blackjack experts featured in this book and been personal friends with some of them, yet, I still found out new and fascinating details about their rise to fame that I didn't know about. I predict that once you start reading this book, you will have a hard time stopping until you get to the last page." Jean $˘ott, Frugal Gambler "I thoroughly enjoyed reading Legends of Blackjack. The stories of how the legends beat the casinos at blackjack here and abroad were fascinating. I highly recommend this book." Frank Scoblete, America's #1 Best-Selling Gambling Author.

About the Authors:

By nearly all standards, Kevin Blackwood has led a very intriguing life. Over the last two decades he's been one of the most successful card counters in the world. This unusual and fascinating vocation has provided him with numerous hair-raising stories to share with friends and inspired him to write several books about gambling.

Similarly, Larry Barker also has an unusual background. The youngest Ph.D. in his field at age 23, and later the youngest full professor at 29, Larry has taught hundreds of students and professionals the "ins and outs" of statistics and probability theory. Both Kevin and Larry have been featured in televised blackjack tournaments, and they have successfully beaten the casinos at their own game.

Explanatory Sidebars:

Not sure what a blackjack player means when they say "off the top," or if "big player" refers to packing those extra pounds?! Sprinkled throughout the book in yellow side bars are explanations of the blackjack terms and concepts that are mentioned throughout the stories of these legendary players' exploits. Here's a sample side bar:

Legends of blackjack - sidebar

Table of Contents

Click the link above to view the complete Table of Contents for the book.

Download and Purchase Details

Legends of Blackjack is 142 pages with a full cross-referenced index and color photos. Legends of Blackjack is only available in electronic format as a PDF document. Nothing is shipped to you. Once you place your order, you can immediately download the e-book to your computer where you can read it, or print a copy (either using your printer or at a local print store such as Kinko's). The e-book is only available in Adobe Acrobat format, and can be read with the free PDF viewer software, available from:

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