Blackjack newsletter and blackjack strategySubscribe to the Blackjack Insider newsletter

How to Win EVEN MORE Blackjack Tournaments - Volume II... only $14.95. Ken Smith's second e-book on tournament blackjack contains more of his winning strategies that have made him one of the best tournament blackjack players in the world.

Or, purchase both Volume I and Volume II together for $24.95... over 15% off!

NEW! Read how Ken used skill to win a recent blackjack tournament. Get his books and you could too!

How To Win EVEN MORE Blackjack Tournaments - Volume II
(web ads above removed with paid membership. Click here for advertisement rates)


By Fred Renzey

Fred Renzey is an "advantage" blackjack player, and author of the highly rated "Blackjack Bluebook II – The Simplest Winning Strategies Ever Published", a vividly detailed 217 page handbook for casino "21". BJI readers can purchase the book at 10% discount in our store by clicking here.


When card counting was first publicized in the 1960’s, the "plus/minus" method of mentally adding and subtracting points for each high or low card that came out became standard operating procedure. Even today, the old tried and true "Hi/Lo" Count from forty years ago remains probably the most widely used card counting system around.

As time moved into the 1970’s and ‘80’s, multi-level "plus/minus" counting systems were developed under the natural assumption that "more is better." But it wasn’t realized until blackjack simulation software became widely used in the 1990’s that these super-structured count systems gained very little in the way of additional performance. That caused system designers to think in the opposite direction. The question now became:

"How simple can you make a card counting system, and still have an advantage over the house?"

With the help of blackjack simulation software, several simpler, shorter, more user friendly methods of tracking high vs. low cards were developed that might bring beating the house at blackjack within the reach of the "recreational" player. The systems described in this article all fall into that category. They are much easier to use than the standard "Hi/Lo" Count and underperform it substantially as well. Nevertheless, they still carry enough "oomph" to create a net advantage for the player – albeit a small one.

CAUTION: It should be strongly advised that playing "advantage" blackjack is serious business. Even if learning one of these systems becomes child’s play for you, implementing it effectively and responsibly is not. You will need to adhere to the system almost perfectly so as not to lose your edge. You will have to invest a lot of money to win a little. If these realities don’t rest well on your stomach, then it might be better to remain a basic strategy player and plan on being slowly and gradually ground down by the house.

That being said, we’ll start with the bare bones, simplest counting systems first, and move slowly up the ladder from there...

...enter your member login information below to read this article/newsletter...

Paid Members-Only Article

You have clicked on a link to a Blackjack Insider web page or article for paid subscribers. You must have a paid membership to the Blackjack Insider newsletter to view this content. About 1/2 of the articles in each issue of the Blackjack Insider are for paid members only, while the rest are viewable by everyone. Your purchased membership will allow you to read all Blackjack Insider articles for 12 months.

Enter your user name and password below (they were listed and e-mailed to you after you purchased your Blackjack Insider membership):

User name:
Password: (case sensitive)
Save user name and password in your browser so you don't have to type them again later

Forgot your membership id or password? Click here.

How do I get a membership?

A membership can be purchased online at our secure store with your credit card for only $19.95 per year. You will receive a user name and password immediately by e-mail which you can use to read the all past and future members-only articles for 12 months, as well as the regular free articles.


Do I have to buy a membership?

No. Blackjack Insider will continue to be published as a free monthly e-newsletter. But about 1/2 of the articles each month will be for paid members only. Subscribers without a membership can still view and read the non-members articles for free.

What happens after I buy a membership?

Immediately after you complete your purchase, you will receive a unique login user name and password. These are displayed on the final purchase page, and are e-mailed to you. When you click on a members-only article in our web site, you will be prompted for this user name and password (as shown above). Simply enter them, and enjoy the article! Note: make sure you turn on the checkbox above when you login, to save the user name and password so that you don't have to re-enter them every time you view members-only articles.

Why did you switch to paid memberships?

Blackjack Insider is a professional monthly publication with top-notch articles by world-reknown gaming experts. In addition, we have regular reporters that monitor game conditions and tournament schedules throughout North America. We use a partially paid subscriber model to enable us to continue getting the best content for our readers from leading authors on blackjack and gaming.

©2015, DeepNet Technologies. No material to be copied without express permission of DeepNet Technologies.
This site developed by DeepNet Technologies, Ontario, Canada. Contact webmaster @ bjinsider . com if you have problems.
This site is best viewed in a 800x600 graphics mode, or higher.