What sets him apart, however, is his unbridled alacrity for sticking it to the house. His intuitive propensity for mathematics was evident early on. Strategizing anything and everything that could be strategized was a hobby for the young man. In his spare time, though, he could generally be found playing blackjack on one of the many Mississippi riverboats in the area. His professional career as a gambler began to take off immediately.
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The book, now available in an updated version called Exhibit CAA: Beyond Counting , is no longer available from the publisher in its original edition, but the text is considered a classic on the subject of turning casino games into profitable entertainment without breaking the law.
When his first advice book went on sale in , it was one of the most popular books on the subject, applying mathematics he learned as a grad student at the University of Chicago studying Economics to various casino games. Since the advicev in the book is all about combining a logical approach to games of chance and skill, the topics covered in the book are totally legal. If the name James Grosjean is familiar to you, it may be because he made headlines in for winning legal verdicts against casinos and their investigative agencies.
You might also know the author as the youngest member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame, inducted alongside big names like Stanford Wong and Edward O. What Does the Book Teach? Far from a blackjack strategy book, Beyond Counting attempts to teach gamblers how to turn a wide range of negative expectation games like roulette and slots into games where the casino has no edge against the player. The new version, Exhibit CAA, expands on the first book, adding more information the writer has learned, allowing him to cover even more games.
The author uses mathematics to explain the optimal bets on titles traditionally avoided by advantage gamblers, like Three Card Poker or the Big Six Wheel.
From card counting, shuffle tracking, and hole card strategy, this title lays out not just the ways to make advantage bets but also shows the equations his ideas are based on.
For example, learning how to turn Three Card Poker into an advantage game requires the ability to read cards coming off the deck. That means finding a dealer who is being a little lazy with the shuffling and learning from the author how to use this information to make smarter bets.
Other Advantage Gambling Lessons A large section of the book is dedicated to another practice that requires a little mental acuity as well as basic strategic information, something the writer calls blackjack shuffle tracking. Reading the book will help you remember where certain cards are located in the deck so that you can track where they end up, even after a shuffle. Another method espoused by the author is called roulette wheel clocking, a technique that attempts to teach you how to predict where the bouncing ball will land.
Detecting mechanical bias has been a way of winning at roulette for years. Overall, the book covers a lot of advantage gambling topics in easy-to-understand language. When the writer throws in the math behind finding positive expectation bets, he appeals to those gamblers who approach games, like the writer himself, from a statistical perspective.
Though some of the advice in the book, specifically the roulette wheel bias strategy material, is a little bit questionable, gamblers looking for advice on positive expectation have a lot to learn from either the original or the updated version. Post navigation.
Gambling With James Grosjean
Employing proprietary software, he writes computer programs that play the games and aid him in figuring out how to beat them. Ultimately, Grosjean crushes gambling dens in ways that few others imagine to be possible. For all of that, though, his bread-and-butter gambits typically involve advanced forms of hole-carding. That is, finding weak dealers who are accidentally exposing corners of their hole cards.
Beyond Counting by James Grosjean