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How blackjack changed the course of one man’s life By Frank Scoblete   Say “hi” to Professor Symington D. Delray, a blackjack player for several years. Professor Delray used to work for a wellknown university in New Jersey, just outside New York City, until his retirement in 2018—weeks before the pandemic shut many of us […]


A look at video blackjack By John Grochowski   In most state gaming commission revenue reports, wagering totals and payouts are listed for electronic gaming devices. The category isn’t “slot machines,” and that’s deliberate. In the information they release to the public, casinos and regulators do not differentiate among slot machines and other electronic games […]


Getting the edge with card counting By Frank Scoblete   If casino table-game players are the judge of the games, then unquestionably blackjack is the number-one table game in the casinos. By far! Starting in 1962–1963 a revolution hit the casinos, the arrival of a way to beat the game of blackjack. You have Edward […]

A Table Player’s Guide to Etiquette

Don’t be intimidated by the rituals of the felt   It can be intimidating, sitting elbow-to-elbow with a bunch of strangers, their egos and personalities radiating across the felt. Meanwhile, you’re staring across at a dealer who is handling money, chips and cards, and he’s asking you to make decisions. Hit or stand? Play or […]


Their goal is simple – to make YOUR money their money By Frank Scoblete   Casinos are a business, just like the businesses in your community and those throughout the world. Their goal is simple, and that goal is this—to make your money their money. They sell a product, gambling on games where they have […]

Peer Pressure at Any Age

Even casinos come with tough decisions By Frank Scoblete   My neighbor’s son is now 17. When he was really young, in the single digits, he was a delightful kid. He had a great sense of humor and he really seemed to enjoy life. Now his face always looks bored. When he is with adults, […]


Long shots happen more than you think   Let’s say you walk up to a blackjack table, lay down $700, bet $100 per hand, and lose seven consecutive decisions. Is that unusual? What about losing eight decisions out of ten? How often does that happen? Let’s say you’re dealt two ruby-red kings. Nice hand, right? […]

Food For Thought

Gaming ingredients for smart blackjack play By Frank Scoblete   Take any food package or jar of food and you will invariably see on the back or side of it a list of the ingredients that food contains. This is obviously an attempt to help you decide whether to eat that particular food. I check […]

Blackjack or Bust

Blackjack players share some oddities by John Grochowski   Given enough trials in blackjack, any hand that can be dealt eventually will. Of course, some hands are a lot more likely than others. The truly rare ones stick in our minds and we tell other players about them. For this month’s “Table Talk,” blackjack players […]

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