After meeting while still in elementary school in Macau, Michael Riley and Annie O'Dwyer (pen names) broke into the American blackjack scene in 1998 with a bold opening salvo of unprecedented wins from Atlantic City to Las Vegas that sent casinos running for cover.
Their debut book, First Base Blackjack: What It Takes To Beat Today's Game, juxtaposes Riley's testosterone fueled hit and run style with O'Dwyer's subtle mastery of the game to evoke a book full of dynamic moves for a new generation of players.
Explaining reasons why "Card Counting and Basic Strategy Does Not Work", look for O'Dwyer and Riley to be a major influence in the Blackjack landscape for years to come.
1: START WITH A CLEAN SLATE
We wish we were Sherman and Mr. Peabody and could take you for a trip on our WABAC (way back) machine and keep you from being exposed to everything you have “learned” thus far in your endeavor to beat blackjack. Everything you have ever read or heard about the shoe game is wrong. The books are wrong. The system sellers are wrong. The articles in the little casino published magazines? They are wrong. Card counting does NOT work, and Basic Strategy is WRONG!
2: SEPARATE BLACKJACK FACT FROM BLACKJACK FICTION
Most of what you "know" about BJ is myth. The more studied you are, the more myth controls your play, the less chance you have. Much to the delight of the casinos, BJ myth is perpetuated by books like Bringing Down the House, movies like '21', the Internet, the players and especially the casinos. Because of myth, today's players are losing at an unprecedented rate, four times what the loss rate was prior to the advent of basic strategy. We have spent tens of thousands of man hours documenting the raw statistics of today's BJ game. Pros must have the facts going for them. You will find them startling!
3: RECOGNIZE EXACTLY HOW THE GAME HAS BEEN ORCHESTRATED AGAINST YOU
Today's players are taught that basic strategy is the "correct play" even when it loses. Today's casino Blackjack is rigged to beat basic strategy to the degree that basic strategy itself has quadrupled casino Blackjack profits. First Base Blackjack (FBB) players know when to play basic strategy and when it is the worst play they could make.
4: TURN THAT ORCHESTRATION AGAINST THEM
Today's casinos have left themselves wide open to a whole new method of play. The same orchestration that beats basic strategy creates very high percentage plays that only the First Base Blackjack (FBB) player knows to make. This is why the FBB player often finds himself the only winner at the table. FBB players know these plays and know exactly when to make them.
5: PLAN YOUR TRIP TO HIT THEM WHEN THEY ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE
Casinos are ten times more vulnerable at certain identifiable hours of the day, and certain identifiable days of the week. And there are times when casinos should be totally avoided. FBB Players know when to play and when not to play. Most players are completely oblivious to this and go to the casino at the worst possible time.
6: FIND THE WINNING GAMES AND AVOID THE LOSING GAMES
Blackjack does not reward hard work. It is not about long hours of beating your head against difficult games. Professional BJ is about hit and run tactics in easy games. Our players know how to zero in on the right game. Think about the last game you lost. Did you lose it because of poor play? Or did you lose it because you were in the wrong game at the wrong time?
7: BEAT RANDOM CARDS
Basic strategy (BS) beats random cards! And we will teach you the best BS to use in those rare random games. But think about it. Casinos cannot afford to fall prey to everyone capable of memorizing a one page chart. There would be no casinos! They orchestrate to avoid random games and have been beating basic strategy for years. That is why casinos give basic strategy (BS) instruction cards to novice players.
Which of the following statements would you say is true, A or B?.
A. Casinos are nice and give out BS cards to enable the players to beat them.
B. Casinos give out BS cards because they know that BS players ultimately lose.
8: BEAT NON-RANDOM CARDS
These games kill perfect basic strategy players. You will face them far more often than random cards. Casinos make sure of that. But playing First Base Blackjack (FBB), you will beat these games even more successfully than you now beat random cards. And, like our players, you will more often than not, find yourself the only winner at the table. Because they face them so frequently, our players know how to beat non-random cards!
9: BEAT MIXED CARDS
This is the name of the game. You will face this game more than all others put together. Basic strategists struggle and eventually lose these games. First Base Blackjack (FBB) players know how to match their card play to the shoe section they are playing. This sounds much more difficult than it is. First Base Blackjack (FBB) will teach you a simple way to know the optimum strategy for each hand you play!
10: MATCH YOUR CARD PLAY TO THE GAME AT HAND
Each game has certain peculiarities you need to be aware of. Example: some games the dealer consistently has a low card up when she breaks. Others, she usually has a 10 up. Think you could use that information to your advantage? We'll bet you can! That is just one of many tricks of the trade. First Base Blackjack (FBB) Players must know to achieve peak performance in every game.