Don Schlesinger is a gaming mathematician and the author of one of the most successful blackjack books of all time – Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way.
Schlesinger played blackjack for the first time in the spring of 1975, in Las Vegas. The correlation between math and gaming had always interested him, and learning that blackjack was a beatable game he became very interested in learning how to use mathematics to gain an edge. He began learning how to count cards in 1976, learning from Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere, and has been counting cards ever since.
Studying blackjack became Schlesinger’s favorite hobby and over the years he has made great advances through research into camouflage, optimal betting, team play, risk analysis, card counting and other aspects of blackjack strategy. He has collaborated with many other giants in the world of professional blackjack including Edward O. Thorp, Stanford Wong, Arnold Snyder and Peter Griffin.
Although Don Schlesinger has always enjoyed playing blackjack, his true passion was in the research and in teaching others. He was always a teacher, first of French and mathematics and then of blackjack. From the early years, people wrote letters to him asking him questions about blackjack and once the Internet began offering forums he taught through those channels.
Eventually, he compiled all of his teachings into Blackjack Attack: Playing the Pros’ Way. His book covers all of the mathematical questions and answers that he has uncovered through the years, from camouflage to risk analysis, team play and optimal betting. He compares various card counting systems, covers blackjack strategy and more. The book has been called one of the most useful blackjack books ever written and is touted by pro players and students alike.
Today, Schlesinger continues to teach and write. He has written many articles on blackjack, and also writes regularly at Victor Nachts’s Advantage Player website.