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BJI Newsletter, January 2011, #132

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Happy New Year! We begin our first issue in the new year with some insider information on the robbery of roughly $1.5 million in casino chips that recently occurred at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas (by Vinny DeCarlo, who also provides some valuable tips on how to be safe when you are in any casino). Basil Nestor provides some interesting and useful statistics on the game of blackjack (must reading). Ralph Stricker continues telling the story of how one of his blackjack team members self-destructed. John Grochowski answers more reader's questions, including an interesting one dealing with 2-1 blackjack coupons. We've got blackjack reports from Kansas City, MO (by JPB), Seattle (by Charles Hondi), Pennsylvania (by Mark Gruetze), and Atlantic City (by Frank Scoblete). Mark Gruetze also answers a reader's question/comment on blackjack playing conditions in the Pennsylvania casinos, including a new type of blackjack table at the Parx casino (with photo). Kenneth Smith analyzes the tournament strategy for a two-player scenario (with quite interesting conclusions), and Frank Kneeland tackles the next step towards figuring out when to play progressive video poker machines (also, Frank includes a link to a radio interview he did with the manager of the MIT blackjack team). Bill Burton explains what reading skills you need to perfect to be a winner at Texas Hold'em. And last, but not least, we have a summary of major blackjack tournaments for January and February, courtesy of

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Vinny DeCarlo's article on a "Card Counter's Guide to Surviving a Three-Day Weekend" will appear in the February issue.

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    "The Bellagio recently lost more than "their shirt" after a helmet-wearing bandit walked in, and then out, with the bosses register (i.e., all the cheques) from a high-limit craps table. I remember getting a pop-up email message from a friend when the story broke. All I could think is, "Why." What would possess anyone to steal something that they cannot possibly do anything with? Here's why..."

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    "How often can you expect to draw a two-card "natural" 21 in blackjack? How often will the dealer tie that natural? What are the chances that you will draw a 20 and be beaten by 21? How often will you be the underdog, starting with a hand of 12 to 16? It's important to know the "texture" of the game, how sessions tend to develop, and also how particular hands play in most situations..."

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    "Once again, we used the same scenario as before. M.R. would enter the high roller pit and ask the floor supervisor to save us two spots at the table. He'd then tell the supervisor that he had to use the rest room and leave the pit. He would position himself behind a row of slot machines so he was able to see my signal to enter the game..."

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    "There are a total of four casinos in the greater Kansas City area: Harrahs, Ameristar, Argosy, and Isle of Capri. The Kansas City casinos are all located in the north part of the K.C. metro area, and all are within about 15 miles of each other. Overall, Kansas City blackjack conditions are pretty good for the card counter..."

    Read JPB's complete article.


    "The good news is that the Seattle area is home to a multitude of casino options. The disconcerting news for the serious blackjack player is that most of them are mediocre at best..."

    Read Hondi's complete article.


    "Southwestern Pennsylvania, home to the NFL's Steelers and NHL's Penguins, now boasts a pair of full-fledged casinos with attractive blackjack rules. Rivers Casino, on Pittsburgh's North Shore, and The Meadows, about a half-hour south of the city in the city of Meadows, were among the first casinos in the state to add table games in July. Both had been slots-only for about a year before that..."

    Read Gruetze's complete article.

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    "The belief among many casino aficionados seems to indicate that several casinos will close, or go into bankruptcy, or both. Resorts has already been sold and is changing its theme to "Boardwalk Empire" of the 1920s..."

    Read Scobletes' complete article.


    "For this month's topic, I want to delve deep into some strategy analysis. To start, I will completely analyze a two-player scenario, and then I will show how the optimal strategies are affected by the presence of a third player threat. As the title suggests, we don't have to go far before serious complications ensue..."

    Read Smith's complete article.


    "In my previous article, "How to Judge a Book by Its Cover," I covered how to determine the base return of non-progressive video poker machines. This is not a stand-alone article, so if you missed last month's segment, please go back and read it now. We are now going to tackle the next step towards figuring out when to play progressives..."

    Read Kneeland's complete article.


    "In order to be a winning poker player, you will have to improve your reading skills. This includes three types of "reading:" reading the board, reading the players, and last, but not least, reading some poker books. By doing this, you will be able to get the edge on your opponents..."

    Read Burton's complete article.


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