YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOU KNOW
By The GameMaster
Every month, I'll be posting an article which will, I hope, make you a better Blackjack player. Naturally, the question follows: Just who am I to say I can make you a better player? My background in Blackjack began in Atlantic City in 1978 where I learned, by attending a four-session school, how to count cards. That led to considerable involvement with Blackjack teams, and travel to a lot of places to take the casinos' money. After the liberal rules in Atlantic City were dumped by the casinos, my Blackjack-playing days went dormant for some time. I'd do the occasional trip to Reno or Las Vegas, but it wasn't until casino gaming came to Missouri in 1994 that I got back into Blackjack with both feet. Now I live close to 6 casinos, can play as much as I want and can tell you - with first-hand experience - how to play winning Blackjack. My Website is www.gamemasteronline.com.
If someone asks you your name, you donít have to pull out your birth certificate and read from it; you just tell them your name, because you know it and, even more importantly, you know you know it Ė youíre absolutely certain thatís your name. On the other hand, if someone were to ask you to perform brain surgery, youíd likely (hopefully!) admit youíre not qualified to do it, which is another way of saying you donít know, and you know you donít know.
When learning something new, like how to play winning Blackjack, we typically go through three phases in the process. Phase One is, we donít know, and we know we donít know, which is the phase where weíre willing to listen to what the teacher (or book, DVD, tape, etc.) is telling us. Phase Two is the most dangerous: We donít know, but we think we know. This happens when weíve "learned enough to be dangerous" as the old saying goes. Perhaps we read the book or listened to the lecture and thought that it all seemed pretty simple, so now "weíve got it", when in reality, we donít.
Unfortunately, most learning endeavors end at this point. We kinda, sorta know the material, but we really donít know enough to use the information effectively. I often get emails from readers who tell me...
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