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BJI Newsletter, Sept. 2008, #104


Our main focus in this newsletter each month is, of course, on blackjack. But, we are realists and know that many advantage blackjack players also like to play other games where it's feasible to get the edge. So we periodically write about other casinos games where it's mathematically possible to do so. For example, in last month's BJI, we had a ground-breaking article on how to get the edge on specific slot machines. This month, we've got the skinny on how to get the edge playing jacks or better video poker games (courtesy of Jean Scott, who will be writing a "Jean Scott on Video Poker" column bi-monthly in BJI); how to get an edge in roulette (courtesy of Laurance Scott, a well-known professional roulette player); how to get the edge playing Texas Hold'em by poker pro Bill Burton (Bill's column this month is on how to size up a game); and a teaser on dice control from Frank Scoblete (see below for details).

On the blackjack side of things, Joe Pane visited Costa Rica and gives us a glimpse of the blackjack playing conditions including some unique "casino heat;" Alan Krigman discusses the pros (and cons) of spreading to two spots when you play blackjack; Frank Scoblete and his team of reporters provide the update on the current state of the blackjack games in each casino in Atlantic City (and they are getting worse); The Babe describes his adventure trying to win a million bucks in a recent blackjack tournament; and million dollar tournament winner Sammy Vaughn provides a glimpse of what it was like in Sin City circa 1958 when he first came to town at the tender age of 18 (with the goal of "just wanting to drink beer and getting laid"). We also have our usual schedule of upcoming major blackjack tournaments courtesy of

What would you say if THE Playboy magazine contacted you and said they wanted to do a story about your gambling prowess? That's exactly what occurred with BJI writer Frank Scoblete ... a Playboy magazine writer wanted to do a story on dice control, and who best to contact but Frank, and his partner the Dominator. Read Frank's article, Playboy Magazine Wanted Me!, for the details, and then make a mental note to get the October issue of Playboy magazine (on sale beginning Sept. 9) to read the article Shoot-Out in Vegas - Meet the Five Horsemen.

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Many of you know that I've been a contributing writer for Casino Player magazine for over 20 years, and currently I write their Total 21 column each month. Under the management of Editor-in-Chief Adam Fine, I've watched the magazine grow to become the most successful publication for casino players of all time. Unfortunately, Adam recently suffered a brain aneuyrysm and stroke, and he passed away on 8/25/08. He was only 39 years old. Ironically, the last email I received from Adam was a request for his BJI password (which he misplaced). May he rest in peace.

On a more cheerful note, my father-in-law is living proof that you are never too old to learn video poker. My wife and I celebrated his recent 90th birthday with an overnight stay at a casino in Biloxi, and would you believe he hit not one, but two royal flushes in 24 hours. Oh, and by the way, he was also dealt a royal flush just three weeks ago (at 650,000 to 1 odds). That's three royals in three weeks. Not bad for someone with two children, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren! (BTW: He plays the same video poker game that Jean Scott describes in her article in this issue of BJI).

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"Some blackjack buffs enjoy playing multiple spots simultaneously. Their explanations for playing more than one spot has to do with things like, "you get more action," or "you make more on hot shoes," or "wins on one side can offset losses on the other when the game is cold," or "you change the flow of the cards, which may turn a losing shoe into a winner." I'll explain the facts (pros and some cons) of spreading to two spots..."

Read Krigman's complete article.

HOUSE OF PANE: Blackjack (and more) in Costa Rica by Joe Pane

"I was recently invited on a junket to Costa Rica by Max Rubin, who is the master of ceremonies for the famous Blackjack Ball. The invitation was for the Horseshoe Casino, which is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. I did some things that I've never done before that made me feel like a kid..."

Read Pane's complete article.


"Frank & Alene and their team of AC reporters report on the current blackjack playing conditions in every Atlantic City casino, and which casino offers the best blackjack game..."

Read Scoblete's complete article.

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"Most Advantage Players scoff at the idea that anyone can beat the game of Roulette; however, many people have been doing just that for decades. For those of you unfamiliar with the methods to beat the game, here is a short primer..."

Read Laurance Scott's complete article.


"I call Jacks or Better (JoB) the "vanilla" video poker game. It's the most basic "flavor," because it was the first video poker game to appear in casinos, and all other VP games were developed from this original with at least some of its basic elements. I recommend this game with the "classic" 9/6 schedule (the one-coin payoff for the full house/flush), because it is the best game for a beginner to learn, and also for a more experienced player to have in his repertoire of VP skills..."

Read Jean Scotts's complete article.

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"I got the email from a Playboy writer Steve Talty, author of Empire of the Blue Water, who wanted to do a feature story on me and on my partner the Dominator for the magazine. He had read about our casino exploits, done some insider investigations, and realized this would make a great article, and that Dom and I were the people to go to..."

Read Scoblete's complete article.


"In this article, I will examine the final hand at my quarter final table at a Winstar monthly qualifier. With this format, the semi-finals are more like the finals because one winner of each table in the semi's (total of 30 players) advances to the final tournament, which is a bigger win than the opportunity to play for the $100,000 prize fund in the monthly finals. As the quarter final win gets you to that semi final table, it too is a sweet hurdle to overcome..."

Read The Babe's complete article.


"In 1958, several things happened that changed Las Vegas once again. Yes, even after '55 when they overbuilt this little town with four new casinos, including the Riviera which was the first high rise building on the Las Vegas Strip (aka Los Angles Highway), more things were still being added to Sin City..."

Read Vaughn's complete article.

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"When I play Texas Holdem, if I get seated in an established game, I never play my first seven hands unless I am in the blind, or I have a strong hand that I can raise with. I do this for two reasons. First , I want to establish an image of a tight player, but more importantly, I do this because it gives me time to evaluate the game and the players. The fifteen minutes or so it takes to play the seven hands usually gives me enough time to get a general feel for the game I'm in..."

Read Burton's complete article.


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