The author has simulated the game of Blackjack twice using computers. The first time in 1984 using Commodore computers, that actually did the job, but of course were slower. The author then programmed a new far faster simulator for use on multiple high speed Windows computers and ran many more simulations that have become the basis for this book. All work in this book was done independently. Some of the basics you will likely already know or have read, since "math is math". However, I find no one with the exact same tables. And I certainly find no book I have read that reached the same conclusions about the real chances of winning. That might be because in this case, we simulated not only the game - but also the odds of winning in short periods of play.
This book of course does not guarantee that you can be a winner in Blackjack and make money. It might though give you perspective and explain why your neighbor has not yet quit his job and moved to Las Vegas. But of course in the middle of all of this, it gives help that some of us can used to improve and also have fun. I also found a few things from the simulations that surprised me as well.
- Ron Plachno (author)
The author of this book, Ronald J. Plachno, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT in Chicago, and took 6 graduate courses at the University of Illinois. Beginning as the lowest level engineer, Ron worked his way up in leadership and became a VP at the Fortune 500 Motorola Corporation and later a Sr. VP at Novatel Wireless, a technology startup company in California. Ron was also listed at one time in the "Who's Who of America".
The math demands of engineering combined with being part of Division leadership financials combined with Motorola's drive into six sigma quality made for an excellent math background that Ron was able to directly apply to this book. Also the growth of computers in technical Manufacturing led Ron to want to learn how they worked and he began writing software about 1982 as a hobby and has done it often since then - including the start of his own small software company. With enjoyment at Blackjack on vacations, it perhaps was not odd that a math background, software background and blackjack background joined together to interest Ron to software simulate the game both in about 1984 and then more recently with Windows PC computers.
I believe it is not that common that the same person who writes the software Blackjack simulator also is at times a Blackjack player and also is the one writing the book. But that gives the person some insight into what in the math is important, and what is not. As for the motive in writing this book, the motive is simply to tell the truth as best as can be determined from the math and simulations. Yes, promising one that they can be a winner may sell more books, but is that the real truth?
The first two sections of this book speak to Science and Human Knowledge and how much do we humans really know? I have a science degree, but even I learned much in research while writing this book. I tried to begin this book with a completely open mind, since I believe that is how to seek truth. In some cases I found new things surprising - at least to me. In other cases, I just learned what some bright people in the past and current also think - which just made me smile. And I tried to write the book in such a simple manner that even I can understand it. After the first two sections, I do get into some theories of mine based on human knowledge and science in the beginning of the book. You are more than welcome to form other theories. Those ensuing discussions might even make life more interesting. Is the purpose of this book to convince you of something? No. It's goal is to make us all think, including me, and also to get our discussions into the 21st century. For some odd reason, some humans believe that other humans should never think about things that are important. Science has moved on. We no longer believe that the world has only four elements, Earth, Wind and Fire and Water. It is time to get up to speed with what humans have learned. And then ... comes the fun ... of deciding what theories based on that.... each of us wish to believe.
What do you need? A recording studio of course. But also a desire to become your own one person band as a hobby or even more than a hobby. And while a musician who only plays guitar or non keyboards may go a distance into becoming your own band, keyboard background would be even more helpful. What kind of keyboard background would a person need? If a person has experience with piano, organ or accordion or simply a modern day keyboard or keyboard controller and has one already, that would be a great start. Why the emphasis on keyboards? Modern day midi systems or DAW (Digital Audio Workstations) often take their inputs from keyboards and with that can create many sounds and also sound effects. Yes, much can be done with guitars and perhaps just writing notes in for other parts, but keyboard experience is a great help.
What talent is needed? It would be hard for me to define that. I never felt that I was anything special and yet I have accomplished a number of one person band songs with as many as 15 parts, and also enjoyed doing it. Of course if you have something of a music and band background and also some music theory background it is of course a big help. I do wish you the very best in your music endeavor, and hope that this book is at least a little helpful to you and your dreams or hobby.
Ron Plachno (author)
I have the highest admiration for some of those early leaders in Motorola Cellular and our great Industry Partners and learned much from them. And yes I also did learn some knowledge on my own, and often not the easy way. This book is my attempt to share that knowledge with others willing to read it. My purpose? I wish I knew these items at the beginning. It should not take 40 years to learn them.
I do understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that there are perhaps other ways to learn business excellence. But this is the learning I received as I grew rapidly in the Cellular Business explosion. I moved from a low paid starting engineer to a VP in a Fortune 500 Company and then to a Sr. VP in a California startup firm, and then to founding a few small businesses on my own. It has been... a fun ride.... and a tremendous learning experience. And I am now trying to share it with others as openly and honestly as I can. Thank you for reading this, and I indeed do wish you the very best.
- Ron Plachno (author)