HOUSE OF PANE:
13th ANNUAL BLACKJACK BALL- Part 2
DID YOU PASS THE TEST?
by Joe Pane
Joe Pane is a skilled advantage blackjack player, and an experienced tournament player who has won over a million dollars in blackjack tournaments. Joe is the #1 ranked tournament player in the country and was named 2007 Player of the Year by Las Vegas Advisor publisher Anthony Curtis. In Joe's last 11 tournaments in 2007-2008, he made the final tables eight times and won two of them for an impressive 73% final table appearance rate with just over $225,000 won in the past 12 months. Joe is also the Assistant Director of Tour Operations for the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT), as well as the Team UBT Coordinator. He is co-host of the radio show, "Queens vs. Kings Ė Itís All About Position" onwww.holdemradio.com. His peers consider him to be one of the strongest and most feared blackjack tournament players on the circuit.
In my article in last monthís BJI, I presented the 21 test questions that were given to the blackjack pros that attended this yearís Blackjack Ball (hosted by Max Rubin). The test was far from ordinary because it was given to players who play almost daily in casinos around the world. These players are beating the casinos fair and square at their own game by their own rules (the same game that the casinos believe they have a built in advantage against all players). These players, by the way, are far from "SQUARES" (a term that the casino suits like to use to refer to their customers who have no clue as to how to play a winning game, or how to take advantage of a casino promotion beyond what the casino peg heads initially figured it was worth to the their bottom line).
In a moment Iíll present the answers to the test questions. But first, Iíd like to give you a preview of something exciting that has started in Las Vegas a month ago for poker players, and for blackjack players who want to learn how to play poker for FREE and win a share of $10,000 every 10 weeks (Iím not kidding on this).
What Iím talking about is the Nevada Poker League, which is held in various restaurants and bars and itís totally FREE to play.
Each establishment offers one-table poker tournaments each evening and the winner of the table wins a seat in the championship tournament which is held at a Las Vegas casino after the season is completed. The tournaments last about one hour and itís a great way to learn or improve your poker skills while at the same time are in the running for some serious cash and prizes.
Stay tuned for my March BJI column because Iíll be giving more details on the Nevada Poker League including locations and the nights that each establishment is hosting a tournament. (If youíll be in Las Vegas between now and March, you can go to their site for additional information:www.Nevadpokerleague.com.)
Now for what youíve been waiting for: the answers to the infamous Blackjack Ball Test.
Blackjack Ball 2009
Round One Questions
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