=========================================================================== Boris for Blackjack Release 4.45 for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/VISTA

ReadMe Notes: All Editions — Updated: December 15, 2007


For more Information, upgrade Editions and pricing, go to:

joeblows1..com or borissoftware.borisbj21.com.



Table of Contents

This document contains the following Sections:

$        Document Overview and Software Registration

$        Software Overview:                                                     

          Boris for Blackjack - A Software Overview by Boris “himself”.

$        System Requirements

          Installing Boris from CD.

          Installing Boris from the Website Download Page.

$        Boris for Blackjack Release 4.40

$                  What’s NEW

$                  Recent Fixes

$                  Known Problems (under Investigation)


=========================================================================== Document Overview and Software Registration Number for Free Upgrades


This Read Me file contains important product information on Boris for Blackjack Release 4.4 for Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, Windows 2000, XP and VISTA.


Casino Gaming Software and our marketing-affiliates appreciate your interest in Boris’ Software products.  We believe that there is no other Blackjack software available that can compare with Boris’ Comprehensive Features and Accuracy.

As you shall see in the following Overview, you TRULY get what you pay for.

For free access to Boris’ on-going upgrades, send e-mail to: upgrades@borisbj21.com to receive a registration code (if you don’t already have one) and the URL of Boris’ Download Page.


Boris for Blackjack - A Software Overview by Boris Himself (Updated: 12-15-2007)


This File brings you information regarding the latest release of the Boris for Blackjack, Casino Blackjack Simulation Software.

While the software Editions differ greatly in features, ALL Editions contain Boris' famous "Blackjack Engine".  This "Engine" represents the MOST ACCURATE and most HIGHLY DETAILED Blackjack software simulation available to the gaming industry today.  As you will soon discover, Release 4.54 takes the Boris Standard and moves it up a notch, keeping Boris light-years ahead of the competition.


Since 1991, with Boris' Blackjack-Engine, you are guaranteed accurately simulated shuffle and "wash" (card-preparation) procedures.  Most Blackjack computer software simply generates "random" cards for the shuffle.  Last I recall, that is NOT what is being done in ANY casino.  Random cards would be the equivalent of playing "52-Pickup" 3 times for each shoe.  Not only is this ludicrous, more important, it is NOT ACCURATE. 


Most Blackjack players are not programmers; most programmers are NOT Blackjack players.  With Boris, you get both: expert Software Development and the collaboration with many Blackjack experts and professional-level players during the last 15 years.  Thanks to this professional influence, you will find Boris screen layouts (Blackjack Table, Statistics and Casino Management) reflecting the REAL WORLD of Blackjack.  Everything you see on the screen is there for a reason; the underlying reason being casino simulation accuracy. 


While Boris may not be as "pretty" as the competition, what good is "glitter" if the "engine" running the software is a Model T, or the software in general is archaic, inaccurate or obsolete?  Contrary to popular belief, there is more to beating Blackjack than JUST Card-counting and Basic Strategy.  Boris for Blackjack provides you with a number of features enabling the study of other winning Blackjack methods, such as Clump-Tracking, Clump-counting, Shuffle-Tracking, Target, B.I.A.S; as well as the ability to evaluate a bundle of different betting methods.


With Boris for Blackjack, possibly for the first time in Blackjack history, we have a practice tool that can bring us closer to meeting our practice goals in a shorter amount of time.  While practicing with Boris, don't be surprised to find that you LOSE much of the time (in comparison to play against other Blackjack programs).  This is because Boris software simulations mimic Real-World-Conditions so closely.  What you see with Boris is most likely the "way" it will look in that casino at that point in time (since the table opened). 


          I am reminded of when I dealt Blackjack for an amusement company outside of Cleveland.  While I trained all their dealers how to properly "wash" and shuffle the cards, they pretty much universally didn't give a damn, and did as they pleased (one dealer even had the PLAYERS shuffling the cards).  My table was the only one consistently dealing a Vegas-style game; and, as a result, was the most difficult to beat.  Needless to say, there were always a line of people waiting to give my table a shot, while the other tables were often near empty.  People want the REAL THING!  (It sure sells a lot of cola...).


In keeping with Boris’ desire to be light-years ahead of all other Blackjack Software, look for the KING Shuffler and ONE2SIX Shufflers have been recently added to the software.  It is my belief that the KING IS BEATABLE.  Because the ONE2SIX shuffler is essentially the same as the KING (with 50 slots instead of 19 shelves) we may well find that similar principles apply to exploiting this machine.  As of November 2007, I have received several reports from a colleague in the U.K. who has been winning 200 – 500 pounds per 40 minute session against the ONE2SIX shuffler.  He is excited about having Boris’ stat screens to evaluate the details of how he is able to accomplish it.


As always, beating the game of Blackjack is about ACCURACY.  With Boris for Blackjack, you have the most ACCURATE Blackjack Simulation Software in existence.  Give it a whirl... Play it... Use it for PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and MORE PRACTICE!  Then, when you are ready, you can tackle the live casino environment with a confidence you will not believe!


Write me and tell me how you do at: play-reports@borisbj21.com.

You can submit Casino-Reports for inclusion in Boris at: casino-reports@borisbj21.com.



Ron Fitch for Boris - ron@borisbj21.com

System Requirements


$        An x-86 Processor (Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, etc. or their AMD equivalent) is required.  The new Dual-Core chips should provide excellent performance, even though Boris is not designed to take advantage of those designs

$        Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP and now VISTA.  Windows emulators under Apple and Linux seem to produce adequate (but not spectacular) results, although with the latest PC Macs, I would not be surprised to find that emulation performance has improved dramatically.

$        128mb. System Ram (software uses up to 32mb)

$        30 mb. Of Disk space

$        A VGA Compatible Monitor Supporting 800x600 or 1024x768 Resolution.




                             Installing Boris-for-Blackjack


CD Installation

          The BorisInstall.Exe program is under reevaluation so for Boris 4.45we are simply making use of the tried and true Setup.Exe.



Installation from Website Download

          After downloading Boris from a website (such as Boris’ D/L Page), unzip the .ZIP file into a temporary (installation) folder.  Your Unzip program may auto-invoke Setup.Exe, making your job easier. 



Installation Considerations

Remember to shutdown all running applications BEFORE installing Boris for Blackjack Software.  Because Boris for Blackjack uses a variety of ActiveX (.Ocx) controls, attempting installation while other applications are active may result in a number of Installation Warning messages, requiring your attention.  When in doubt, simply restart Windows before Installing Boris for Blackjack.

Boris 4.45 adds “445” to the names of most files, eliminating any conflicts with previous editions.

If there is a failure at any point during the installation of Boris' Blackjack Software, the Setup.Exe facility will perform a complete uninstall of the software installation up to that point.

Under some Windows installations, there has been a version conflict with the file: EXPSRV.DLL.   Because the most current version of this file is best left to the Operating System itself, this file has been eliminated from Boris Installations.

Some software users have reported that the bottom of the Boris screen is cut off by the taskbar icons.  In Version 5.X, look for Boris to sport a completely re-sizeable screen.  In the meantime, we have determined that the best solution to this annoyance is to change the taskbar settings such that it is automatically hidden until you drag the mouse to the bottom of the screen; which pops it up.  This affects a useful compromise, and, you might find that you actually PREFER it this way.


What’s New with Boris’ Release 4.45


Boris for Blackjack Release 4.45 represents a considerable amount of re-design “under the hood” to improve the look and feel as well as enhance the Blind-Simulation facility built-in to Boris.  Since Boris 4.44, the look/feel of the Blackjack table has been enhanced, as well as the stat screens.  Boris PRO+ users will note a number of stat screen rewrites giving you more detailed information than ever before.


In Boris’ 14 years of existence, Boris has continued to offer state-of-the-art features with regard to shuffle and wash procedures, as well as the latest in shuffle machines.  No other Blackjack software correctly shuffles and washes the cards.  More important, no other Blackjack software has ever attempted to emulate the various shuffle machines widely in use in today’s casinos.  Currently, Boris supports SIX shuffle machines.  With minor exceptions, if you see it in the casino, you can practice against that machine simulation using Boris.




$        Boris’ Opening Banner Screen

     The Opening Banner Screen has been enhanced with the addition of TWO Option Buttons which appear during startup after Software Installation.  Once you select a Screen Resolution and Click on [Begin Boris], the Option Buttons will disappear.


$        Boris’ Container Screen

     Boris’ Container Screen (the Screen with Boris’ face) has undergone some subtle, yet significant changes designed to get things ready for play in a much more succinct manner.

$   There is now a Quick Casino Entry screen allowing you to invoke the most common kinds of playing environments. Or, if you prefer, you can X-out of that screen and directly load a .ENV File (Ctrl-L) from the list of “canned” .ENV Files.

$   We now load Casino Descriptor Files (.CDF’s) &  Environment Files (.ENV’s) from the Container Screen BEFORE Entering the Blackjack Table.

$   Once a .ENV file has been loaded, you can now:

     1) invoke the Player Setup Screen (Ctrl-P)

     2) invoke the Casino Management Screen (Ctrl-R)


     3) invoke the Casino Information Screen (Shift+F5)

     4) Display the F1, F2 & F3 Statistics

     5) invoke the Cardviewer/Shoeviewer (PBJ, PRO & PRO+ Editions)




$        Boris’ Blackjack Table has been completely revamped

     Looking at the Blackjack Table Felt, you’ll notice some significant changes in the look and feel aspect of the screen.  These changes have been made to provide an even greater amount of realism in the Display Simulation.  Noticeable changes include:

$   The table felt has taken on a realistic brushed look.  That is because the felt in Boris was derived from DigiCam pictures of a real Blackjack felt, enhanced electronically to give it a more “expensive” feathered look.

$   The Discard Tray has been streamlined

$   The drop slot now emulates a brass fixture, with a [SITDOWN] button underneath it.

$   The Strategy DataBOX (pops up over the chip tray) has now been enhanced for each software Edition (Student Edition and higher).

$   The Table Identification Plaque looks more realistic and modern.

$   The Blackjack PEEK Device has been improved; both operationally as well as visually.

$   The Font’s used for Felt Lettering have been revamped, giving a more pleasing look.  The Felt is now also capable of displaying 6:5, 8:6, 2:1. Etc. for the Blackjack Payoff.  The Dealer Draws message supports Hard-17, as well as Soft-17.

$   The Insurance BAR has been revamped.  The BAR’s graphic is based directly on a live Blackjack Felt.

$   The Betting Circles have been reworked from the inside out, giving us more flexibility.


$        Boris’ Strategy Designer has been completely revamped

For Advanced Edition Users (and Higher) the Strategy Design Facility has been significantly enhanced, making it easier to modify most of the strategies found in Boris.  It is recommended that you back up the .sDB file before making any changes.


$        Boris’ [F1], [F2], [F3] Statistics Screens have been enhanced cosmetically

     The Detailed Statistic Screens have all been re-evaluated and in many cases color-enhanced, in line with giving the stat delivery a more psychological-impact (Ex: Red means something bad/undesirable; Green represents something good/desirable).  Most screen entries now have “tool tips” that popup information about that piece of data when you move the mouse cursor them.  For example, on the F3 Table Stats, the Insurance Index data pops up the actual formulas used to compute those indexes, giving you insight into how those formulas are derived.


$        Casino Management Screen (Ctrl-R) and Player Setup Screen (Ctrl-P) have been enhanced cosmetically

$   The Casino Management Screen’s [F2] and [F5] Tabs have been streamlined and functionally enhanced.

$   The Player Setup Screen now includes some card-counting style enhancements (esp. Good for unbalanced counts), along with the ability to Spread-seats from this screen (Advanced Edition and Higher).


$        Boris’ Internal Design Changes

     Internally, Boris has undergone some significant design changes, making the software more robust than ever.  As a result, “software bloat” is quickly reducing, while Blind-Simulation speed is continuously improving. 

Boris continues to leverage Microsoft’s ActiveX Technology, rather than making the jump to the .NET platform.  While .NET is useful for some applications, Boris’s Software is better leveraged using the ActiveX Technology and Visual Basic 6.


Boris for Blackjack Release 4:

Software Notes & Warnings

As of December 15, 2007 there a couple of operational warnings to note for Boris Release 4.45:

1.       When invoking the Ctrl-T (Hit Stand Legend Box), it may appear on one side of the screen the first time around.  However, on the next hand of manual play it will correct itself to the proper location on the screen (be it left or right side).

2.     The Player Setup (Ctrl-P) screen has been recently revamped  with one minor problem:  When a player is added is added to the table, setting the Betting/Playing strategies works fine unless you switch back and forth between the player seats before saving the .ENV file.  The solution is to make the correct settings, exit the player setup screen (Ctrl-P again) and then SAVE the .ENV file, so you don’t lose the settings.  While this is a hassle, at least we can work around it for now.  We will have this problem properly resolved in Boris 4.45a.

3.     There have been complaints that the Hit-Stand Buttons (known as the DecisionBAR) is obscured by the windows taskbar at 800x600 resolution.    The recommendation is to either turn off the Task-Bar, OR, better yet, right click the task-bar and edit the following properties:

·                    Check-off: Auto-hide the Task Bar

·                    Uncheck: keep the task bar on top of other windows.

Boris for Blackjack Updates 4.44a –> 4.44d:

Upcoming Fixes and Enhancements


Release 4.45a Update

Release 4.45a will bring us fixes to any reported problems.  Look for the Boris 4.45a around March of 2008.


Release 4.44b Update

Release 4.44b will bring us even more Stat Screens for Boris’ PRO+ Edition. 

The PRO+ Users have waited a long time for these screens, whether they know it  or not.

A number of new operation enhancements will be made to the software which

will benefit all Boris Editions.  That way, everyone benefits.


Additional updates to will quickly come into being based on your submissions

to Boris’ “Wish List” (wishlists@borisbj21.com) along with influence from

my ongoing Blackjack Research.



Boris for Blackjack Releases 4.50:

Upcoming Fixes and Enhancements

Details of what to look for in Boris 4.50 will appear in this ReadMe file in Boris Updates 4.45a and 4.45b.


Boris Sound Tutor to be implemented

   With Release 5, look for Boris' Sound Tutor Facility to appear.  With the Sound-Tutor, Boris will be able to VERBALLY instruct you in the proper play and insurance decisions, as well as in the overall play of the game.  To accommodate the people's different requirements, the Sound-Tutor will allow you to select from several degrees of sound tutoring.



Additional Strategies Slated to be implemented - along with the new Strategy Design Facility.

     Look for additional strategies to appear under Version 4.50.  Slated for inclusion is Knockout (K-O) Blackjack, Wong Hi-Lo, and Wong-Halves; amongst others.




=== Product Enhancements and BUG Fixes


Because this is a new Release, this section is temporarily empty.