Welcome to Blackjack Science!
On this site, you will find Risk and Reward (Interactive Edition), a clear but comprehensive guide to optimally playing this popular casino game that also gives definitive proofs of all the guide's assertions. Uniquely, you can interact with many of the figures and tables by entering your own choices of playing conditions, whereupon the graphic revises itself to reflect those choices.
In addition to Risk and Reward, the site also offers free downloads of my articles about Blackjack Science, published in peer-reviewed journals, which serve to supplement the book.
For decades, casino gaming has been steadily increasing in popularity worldwide. Blackjack, among the usual casino table games, is the only one where astute choices of playing strategy can create an advantage for the player.
RISK and REWARD analyzes the game in depth, pinpointing not just its optimal strategies but also its financial performance, in terms of both expected cash flow and associated risk. This edition enables you to interact with many of the figures and tables by entering your own choices of playing conditions, whereupon the graphic revises itself to reflect those choices.
RISK and REWARD will appeal to everyone interested in blackjack: every player seeking to improve their performance as well as those with training in mathematics and intrigued by its application to a game they enjoy.
We develop an efficient method, similar to that of Marcus (2007) who calls it Counter Basic Strategy, for casino blackjack card counters to play the cards of each hand.
A casino blackjack player who counts cards in order to optimally scale his bet size can also use the count information to adjust how he plays his hand.