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BJI Newsletter, April 2011, #135

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If you haven't experienced a 100-year storm yet playing blackjack, trust me, you eventually will. Be sure to read JPB's experience with his 100-year storm (it wasn't pretty), along with his helpful tips on how to weather the storm when it hits you. You'll shake your head (and laugh) when you read Vinny DeCarlo's insider (true) stories of theft by casino employees (some are unbelievable). Basil Nestor explains the volatility in blackjack vs. a coin flip and the Law of Large Numbers (must reading for all blackjack players). Mark Gruetze shares insider information on a meeting he had with the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, regarding changing the favorable blackjack playing rules in Pennsylvania casinos. Ralph Stricker, meanwhile, retells the story of when he and one of his BPs played at Foxwoods casino in Connecticut. Frank Scoblete offers his outlook on the Atlantic City casinos going into the spring/summer season, and one of his reporters reports on the bad news with the s17 rule. John Grochowski shares with BJI subscribers an unbelievable story from a blackjack player that will really make you laugh (must reading). Players at different skill levels often ask me which seat at the blackjack table is best (read my article for the answer). Frank Kneeland departed from his series on how to beat video poker progressive machines to write an article on who the house really is? If you don't know what "under the gun" means in Texas Hold'em, you'd better read Bill Burton's article for the lowdown. Last, but not least, we have a schedule of upcoming major blackjack tournaments, courtesy of Enjoy the issue.

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    BLACKJACK vs A COIN FLIP by Basil Nestor

    "What's the edge on blackjack? You probably know this by heart. If you play a game with bad rules and you use only a mediocre near-optimal strategy, the casino's advantage climbs to about 2%. With perfect conditions and without counting, the edge is less than 1%, and if you count cards or use other advanced techniques, you get a player edge pushing up to 1%, and very rarely higher. Therefore, the whole range is about 3%. Sounds pretty tight, right? And near 0% seems like a coin flip. Unfortunately, your actual results may not be so smooth..."

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    PENNSYLVANIA SAYS NO TO 6-5 by Mark Gruetze

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    LACK OF DISCIPLINE LEADS TO DESTRUCTION-Part 5 by Ralph "Silver Fox" Stricker

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    BLACKJACK ANSWER MAN by John Grochowski

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    "You stroll through the crowded casino, itching to play blackjack, when you spot two adjacent tables with open seats. The first table has an opening at the first-base position, while the second table has an opening at third base. Where would you sit?..."

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    THE HOUSE IS NOT A WHO by Frank Kneeland

    "The House always has the edge." "Casinos weren't built by winners." How many times have we heard statements like these? I would venture to guess quite a few...

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    "Texas Hold'em is a positional game. Your position is determined by where you are sitting in relationship to the dealer button. Unlike games like stud where the betting order changes with each betting round, the order is fixed in Texas Hold'em. Before the flop, the person to the left of the big blind bets first. This position is known as being "Under the Gun," and it is the worst position to be in at a full-table limit game..."

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