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Friday, March 15, 2013

Advantage: Blackjack

Nathaniel Tilton is a world class blackjack player with a story to tell. His book The Blackjack Life, is a compelling read detailing his start from being an average Joe, to learning an authentic skill, to honing that skill into a finely tuned craft that afforded him an incredible array of fantastic experiences that he adeptly shares in his truly excellent book. Read the entire interview here:
 Several years ago, I met and briefly consulted with author Nathaniel Tilton whose book The Blackjack Life, recently hit the stands. To say the least, our time together was one of the most interesting I've had in my writing career.

In Nathaniel's own words, here are some of the things that grabbed my interest in the oft-misunderstood though thoroughly fascinating world of card counting. All are excerpts from the above interview on

"If more investors approached things with a mindset of getting to the long-term, like so many good advantage players do, they’d have a lot more success."

"Most students come to me with a desire to “win big” and believe that their skill set is better than it actually is. So I have to temper both by managing their expectations with how volatile the game is and how much more work they need to put in. My advice is always the same, though. If they want to get great, they have to put in a lot of practice. The edge in this game is so slim that each skill involved in counting cards needs to be incredibly sharp."
"Any pro will tell you that there’s not one strategy in my book that was new to the blackjack community. But what was different about our system was how we moved in and out of various strategies within a playing session. We felt like if we could move from back counting and wonging, to big player call-ins, to gorilla big player signaling at the table… all within one session… it would be difficult to detect."
"I realized that so many books either focus on the experiences of big teams or the science of solo play. I wanted to highlight the value of small team play in a way that would appeal to both students of the game and casual readers." 
"Blackjack subject matter can be intimidating for people, especially those who are new to the game. I think my book shows that you don’t need to go to MIT to be successful at it. You just have to have a relentless enthusiasm."
"Here we were, being wined and dined, going to big fights and shows, staying in luxurious suites, and being driven around Vegas in a limo, only to come back to a Boston morning commute (which is miserable), a 9-to-5 job, and lunch in the office park’s cafeteria. There’s some culture shock. And I wanted so badly to tell my stories to friends, but it always felt like it would sound like bragging. So I mostly just kept it all to myself."
"I specifically withheld certain techniques from the book that we used, just in case I returned to the game. So writing the book didn’t mean that I couldn’t return to playing some day.
The Blackjack Life is a story for the expert, novice and anyone curious about the enigmatic life of card counting. Check it out on Amazon: By the way, this is NOT a book on how to count cards but rather a book about a card counter's experience.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Press Release


Strategic Media Books


Crime Beat: Issues, Controversies and Personalities from the darkside on Artist First World Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for March 7, 2013, through May 2, 2013. Topics covered include psycho killers, the Russian Mafia, cyber terrorism and murderers in search of redemption. Here is the lineup:                    

March 7 — Harold "Noonie G" Ward, discusses his former life with the Gangster Disciples, as well as Chicago gangs and the violence in the Windy City. See
  • March 14 — Veteran Police Officer Stacy Dittrich discusses her book, Searching for Sandra: The Story Behind the Disappearance of Sandra Cantu. See
  • March 21 — Cyber sleuth Shannen Rossmiller discusses her work hunting down terrorists online. See
  • March 28 — Joseph D. Serio’s discusses his investigation into the Russian Mafia. See
  • April 4 — Nancy Mullane discusses her fascinating book, Life after Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption. See
  • April 11 — Harold Schechter discusses his book, Psycho USA: Famous American killers you never heard of. See
  • April 18 — Stephen Talty discusses his fascinating book titled Agent Garbo: the Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent who Tricked Hitler & Saved D-Day. An investigation of the life and career of Garbo, World War II spy and history’s greatest double agent. See
  • April 25 — George Hassett will discuss his fascinating book, Gangsters of Boston. Publisher: Strategic Media Books
  • May 2 — Focus on the late Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper. Repeat of his appearance on Crime Beat.  See
 On the air since January 28, 2011, Crime Beat is a weekly hour-long radio program that airs every Thursday at 8 p.m. EST.  Crime Beat presents fascinating topics that bring listeners closer to the dynamic underbelly of the world of crime. Guests have included ex-mobsters, undercover law enforcement agents, sports officials, informants, prisoners, drug dealers and investigative journalists, who have provided insights and fresh information about the world’s most fascinating subject: crime.

Crime Beat is currently averaging 160,000 listeners plus, from over 120 countries world-wide each week, and the figure is growing. All shows are archived for 24-7 listening. Crime Beat is hosted by award-winning crime writer and documentary producer Ron Chepesiuk ( and broadcast journalist and freelance writer Will Hryb.

Noah Seidenberg of Chicago says, “Love the show. Great questions you guys ask. More people need to know about this. I live in Chicago and have read about many of these events since I was a child. Keep it up.” Carolyn Yarema of Toronto, Canada writes. "One hour, commercial free, and how time guys have incredible chemistry on air and your guests are so fascinating, just keep pumpin them out....."

Crime Beat airs weekly every Thursday at 8 P.M. EST on the Artist First World Radio Network at

To contact the Crime Beat radio program for interviews, e-mail or call 803-366-5440.