There are a lot of Blackjack books out there, and a lot of them are quite good, but here are some absolute must-reads:

1.      Lance Humble and Carl Cooper, The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book

This title is great for beginners: it provides a sound introduction to the game, as well as the rules, strategies and odds. It also provides a solid system for card-counting.

2.      Bryce Carlson,  Blackjack For Blood: The Card-Counter’s Bible, and Complete Winning Guide

This is a thorough introduction to the Omega II counting system and related betting strategies. Even if you’re not interested in counting cards yourself, it’s full of useful Blackjack tips and amusing anecdotes. There are successful methods for big-stakes players and accessible systems for beating the casino.

3.      Stanford Wong, Basic Blackjack

Wong is an expert theorist and player and his book is a great place for beginners to start. It’s a comprehensive reference guide to blackjack basic strategy, tells and warps, and rule variations. The style is clear and the explanations are easy to follow: Wong looks at side bets, rule variations, and casino bonuses.

4.      Don Schlesinger, Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way

This is one for more advanced players and counters, who’ll find it incredibly useful. With over 25 years of game expertise, Schlesinger provides detailed explanations of the stats (elementary probability theory) behind the strategies and how these can be applied to maximum effect. It can be a complex, heavy read for the beginner, and it won’t teach card-counting strategy.

 5.       Peter Griffin, The Theory of Blackjack

This is a blackjack classic is a bit heavy on theory, which is great if theory is what you’re looking for. It provides clear and easy explanations of the statistical analysis behind card-counting systems. It is not an introduction-to-blackjack or card-counting book – it assumes that you already have basic knowledge of the game and are comfortable playing in a casino environment. It’s aimed at improving your ability to analyse the game and maybe develop your own card-counting system.