Book Collaboration

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by Billy C, Sep 29, 2022.

  1. Billy C

    Billy C Top Member

    I would like to be one of the first to congratulate BJT's very own "gronbog" for his part in a soon to be released book pertaining to advantage play blackjack.
    My understanding is that gronbog, and noted blackjack expert Don Schlesinger teamed up for this publication.
    Schlesinger has previously authored 3rd edition Blackjack Attack (the ultimate weapon) and several other very good works. Many regard him as being "the Einstein of ap blackjack".
    He, along with gronbog, are two of the best blackjack minds in the world. I'm looking forward to getting this book relatively soon.
    I'm thinking that gronbog may let us know when (and where) it will be available.

    Billy C
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  2. KenSmith

    KenSmith Administrator Staff Member

    Congrats gronbog!
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  3. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    Thanks Billy, Ken, johnr and Lakegirl32!

    The book is a study of index play using the Hi-Lo system. Specifically, for over 300 rule sets and optimal bet spreads we rank each index play in order of contribution using SCORE. Don wrote the accompanying text and I wrote the software and ran the simulations. There are some surprises to be found, which Don discusses. The purpose is to show how much (or how little) each index play is worth allowing players to finally have a way to decide how many and which indices are enough for them.

    All the work is done and is in the hands of the publisher (Huntington Press) and the book will be available from them when it is released. They're saying "soon", but that's all we know.
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  4. Monkeysystem

    Monkeysystem Top Member Staff Member

    Congratulations Gronbog!
  5. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    Thanks everyone for the additional likes and congrats.

    Still no date from Huntington Press. :(
  6. noman

    noman Top Member

    Great News. Finally an advancement of credible work on BJ. Beats the Shite out of all the U-Tubers ridiculous postings and casual players with their anecdotal theories.
  7. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    I have some good news to share. Here is what Don posted on another forum:

    We're pleased to tell you that our book is on the way to the printer and should be ready to ship by mid-January, according to our publisher, Anthony Curtis, at Huntington Press. You can find relevant information at the bottom of page four of their 2022 Holiday Catalog (link below). They're offering a nice 25% discount on the price, so that sounds like a good deal to us. Naturally, should you have any questions, feel free to post them here.

    Happy Holidays!

    Don and Dave (Gronbog)

    Some blurbs for the book:
    “What an amazing undertaking! My compliments to both you and Dave for your diligence in accomplishing such a feat. Your introduction and background material provide an excellent description of what the user may expect, with clear instructions on how to use the charts. Accolades for adding to your impressive body of research.”
    —Arnold Snyder, charter member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame and noted author

    “It appears to have your usual careful and thorough approach.”
    —Edward O. Thorp, charter member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame and author of Beat the Dealer

    “Congratulations on this new, comprehensive study by you and Dave. It really fills a big theoretical hole in our knowledge of the hierarchy and subtle intricacies of strategic card counting at blackjack, and beyond that it's also an important and very practical resource that all serious players can benefit from in their actual casino play. This new work shows once again, Don, that you are the savant of professional blackjack, with a body of work second to absolutely no one.”
    —Bryce Carlson, author of Blackjack for Blood

    “There has never before been such a detailed study on strategy indices for Hi-Lo. If you are using Hi-Lo, stop playing immediately and get this book. You will be glad you did.”
    —Henry Tamburin, highly respected blackjack authority, author, and internet columnist
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  8. Billy C

    Billy C Top Member

    Thanks for the update. I'm planning to be one of the first to get this publication.

    Billy C
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  9. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    Here's another update ...

    There was another round of reviewing and editing after Don noticed something. Last night we christened the latest version as "final". I put that in quotes, because we had already done that before. If there are no more changes, we now expect printing to begin in February, although the printer has notified us that there are supply chain problems with some types of paper. Fingers crossed!
  10. PitchMan

    PitchMan Top Member

    Congrats Gronbog! I'm not on here often but just picked up the word on your book a couple of days ago. I followed the link you posted above and worked into a Huntington Press site where I was able to pre-order a book for me, and another for a friend. I think I read somewhere in there that maybe it now has a February release date????

    I'm sure writing the book has been a labor of love, but a labor nonetheless. I'm sure I speak for many on here when I say thanks to you both for putting forth the labor to complete it.
  11. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    Thanks Pitchman! Yes, we now have confirmation that the book is at the printer and should be shipping by February. I hope it helps your game!
  12. johnr

    johnr Top Member

    I could not find the book, what is name? Tried looking bottom page 4.
  13. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    I just rechecked the link and it's still there. The title is The Hi-Lo Card Counting System: A Complete Guide to Index Play
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  14. johnr

    johnr Top Member

    Found it, thanks.
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  15. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    For those of you who have ordered the book, I'm interested in whether you have heard back about whether the book has shipped and, if so what date the are giving you for delivery.
  16. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    To answer my own question, we just received word that the books have been delivered to Huntington Press today and that orders should be filled very soon.
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  17. Billy C

    Billy C Top Member

    Procrastinator I am, but I've finally placed my order!
    Think it said to expect 6-10 day delivery by USPS.

    Billy C
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  18. Billy C

    Billy C Top Member

    It only took five days for my book to arrive. Ordered Monday------received today. The fact that I winter in Henderson made for just across town shipping for it.
    Now, I'll be anxious to dive into it asap.
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  19. johnr

    johnr Top Member

    I received mine today, I am also ready to study it!
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  20. gronbog

    gronbog Top Member

    Thanks for buying the book. I hope you find the information useful!

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