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REVIEW OF BEYOND COUNTING, BY JAMES GROSJEAN
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| REVIEW OF BEYOND COUNTING , BY JAMES GROSJEAN
By Arnold Snyder
The 223-page Beyond Counting established James Grosjean as an expert on casino gambling at the very top of the upper echelons of expertise. I cannot praise this work highly enough, nor begin to describe the value contained within its pages for professional players in this concise review. In my opinion, Grosjean is on a level with Peter Griffin and a handful of others in both his understanding of advantage play and in his original work on not only blackjack but many other casino games. Grosjean seems able to put almost any concept into a chart, a table, or a mathematical formula.
This is not a book for beginners. Grosjean assumes his readers are already familiar with the basics of blackjack, card counting and the mathematics of gambling in general. As with Griffin’s work, I do not believe a serious player needs to understand all of the math to find value in the book. Also, this is not just a math book. Grosjean discusses innumerable psychological factors of the game that I believe all serious players should read. Don’t be scared off by the math.
The book is a series of essays and analyses, divided into nine sections:
In addition to providing brilliant analysis, Grosjean writes well. He is witty and an elegant stylist.
Only 1000 copies of Beyond Counting were printed, and professional gamblers have been snapping up any rare available copies at $500 a pop on eBay. James Grosjean is planning a second, longer edition soon, but it will be made available only to a select list of players. It’s hard for me to imagine anyone who subscribes to Blackjack Forum not finding a treasure of information in this book. ♠
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