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BJI Newsletter, October 2011, #141

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Reminder: On October 21 in Las Vegas, I will be presenting two seminars at the one-day Golden Touch Advantage-Play Friday event. My first seminar will cover how to get the advantage in blackjack using Speed Count, and the second on how to get the edge in video poker. If you want to gain the advantage over the casino at either game, consider attending this great event. Classes are filling up. For details, click here.

We have a great line-up of articles this month. For starters, check-out Frank Scoblete's article that describes his unfortunate barring at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas. Vinny DeCarlo has some great photos of scams that cost both the casino and unsuspecting player's untold fortunes over the years ... don't miss seeing them in his article. If you want a laugh, read Frank Kneeland's tongue-in-cheek article on how to "win". We have several great trip reports this month, covering casinos in Northern Nevada (by KC Brooks), Las Vegas (by high-stakes player Arthur Dent), Tunica and Biloxi (by Riverboat Flyer), and an insider's look at the recent reopening of the famed Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas (by Stu D. Hoss). Frank Scoblete has the latest news from Atlantic City, and Mark Gruetze has an interesting follow-up interview with Don Johnson (who won $15M playing blackjack in A.C.) Basil Nestor explains how "cognitive bias" can screw up your game by giving you the illusion of being in control. John Grochowski answers reader's questions about an advertised $3 blackjack game, the frequency of full houses and flushes in video poker, and card counting in baccarat. Last, but not least, we have a schedule of upcoming major blackjack tournaments, courtesy of

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This month's great "insider" article appeared in issue #36 of the BJI. A seasoned casino supervisor (aka, Mr. Pitboss) offers some good tips for card counters on how to capitalize during the upcoming holiday season. If you missed it the first time, click the link above and read it now, as it's still as relevant today as ever.

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    LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT-Part 2 by Arthur Dent

    "High-stakes blackjack player Arthur Dent visited over 20 casinos in Las Vegas and reports on their playing conditions..."

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    "From Vegas to Northern California, and back ... a three-part series reviewing the various casinos of Northern Nevada, specifically in Reno and Sparks, plus a few Indian casinos discovered on the journey..."

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    TUNICA & BILOXI TRIP REPORT by Riverboat Flyer

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    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone

    "Read the latest news from Atlantic City including a summary of playing conditions in each casino..."

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    THE DECARLO CODE by Vinny DeCarlo

    "Here now are just a few of those secret scams that cost both the casino and unsuspecting player's untold fortunes over the years..."

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    "He was hopping on one foot shouting at the table: C'mon dealer! Bust! Gimme a ten! C'mon ten! The game was blackjack and the dealer had a 12. The shouting dude was two seats to my right. He had a 17. I had a 15, so I was quietly hoping for the dealer to bust, too. However, I wasn't jumping up and down or shouting because the..."

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    CASINO GAMBLING Q&A by John Grochowski

    "John Grochawkis answers reader's questions dealing with an alleged "$3 blackjack game," frequency of full houses in flush in video poker, and card counting in baccarat..."

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    "This guy was new to me; he was an "upstairs suit" at my favorite Las Vegas casino - well, my formerly favorite casino, and he came from on high with his loud clarion call, broadcasting to everyone near me that it would be best if I left his property and went elsewhere..."

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    "You are probably wondering if the quotes around "win" in the title of this article are just for show. No, they are not! Nothing is this article is intended to be taken too seriously, except for the part where I said not to take anything too seriously. This isn't about how to make money gambling, it's about how to claim that you're winning even when you are not..."

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