Please elaborateQuote: Wizard
I think there are stronger and easier forms of advantage play out there.
hi Michael, what are your views on blackjack training schools such as the blackjack apprenticeship boot camp? Is it worth paying 500 bucks (+ expenses) for this type of tuition or would I become just as good a player after a period of disciplined home study and practice?
We would need more information to be able to give you a good answer.
Do you plan on counting cards 'for a living'?
Is $500 a lot of money for you, or is it just an expensive dinner for two?
How many hours a year will you be playing BJ after learning/perfecting your skills?
What opportunities exist where you will be able to play?
If you learned the techniques but never actually used them would that be a success or failure?
What bankroll would you be willing to lose once you start playing?
I tried playing the market "on paper", tracking hypothetical trades and charting profit and loss with a phantom bankroll. I did pretty well. Then I went at it for real, with real money, courtesy of a discount broker, on the real exchanges. Knowing that it was actual cash effected my decision-making - too timid sometimes, going full tilt other times. I lost a lot when it really mattered.
Same way with blackjack. I spent countless hours drilling, practicing, studying. Flash cards. Simulators. Church-run casino nights playing for nickel and dimes - REAL nickles and REAL dimes. Again, a good experience. I came out ahead, making as much as $10 or $20 a night.
My first trip to Atlantic City in 1978 cost me well over $1000 dollars in one weekend.
There is no better training than real-time, front-line experience. Sooner or later, you will acquire that experience. There is no way to avoid it.
You can learn the rules on your own, spend as much time as you need getting competent, and be as ready as you can be to walk into a casino.
But no classroom, no instructor, no video, no coach, will provide you with what you will need more than anything else. At any price.