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BJI Newsletter, February 2012, #145

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A WORD FROM HENRY

Even though we are in the business of selling gambling information, we think it's important to make our readers aware of the dangers of compulsive gambling. That's why our lead article this month is an interview with Dr. William McCown, one of the foremost researchers in pathological gambling. Dr. McCown is the Dean of the University of Louisiana at Monroe and author of the books, Best Possible Odds, and Treating Gambling Problems. You might think you (or a loved one) don't have a gambling problem, however, you owe it to yourself to read the interview.

This month we have several blackjack reports. JPB reports on double-deck blackjack playing conditions for 13 Las Vegas casinos. His report includes a handy table that lists the name of the casino, number of double-deck games, summary of playing rules, average penetration, lowest table minimums, and other helpful comments. Stu D. Hoss visited the famous Western Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas on the last night it was open (originally opened in 1970 as a bingo parlor), and reports on what he saw and what he found. If you are a Las Vegas history buff, this is a must read. KC Brooks visited the Riviera Casino on the strip to check out their 3-2 single-deck game and interview a blackjack dealer. Check out the photo of the blackjack hand on the layout in the article ... it's hilarious. KC Brooks also has an update on the playing conditions at the Stratosphere and Boulder Station casinos in his report. Riverboat Flyer made his annual pilgrimage to Tunica to celebrate the New Year and he reports on the latest blackjack conditions there. Do you want to know what Shuffle Tracking is all about, and how it works? Then read Vinny DeCarlo's article (Shuffling Tracking 101) for the skinny on this technique that can give you the edge. Basil Nestor gives you food for thought on how to evaluate the worth of a blackjack game (and it isn't what you think). Ralph Stricker takes a nostalgic look at his life in and out of the casinos, including a summary of his three casinos barrings. John Grochowski answers two interesting questions, the first dealing with a comparison of a casino offering a 2-1 payoff for a blackjack vs. paying double on IRS video poker jackpots, and the second on how the house edge is calculated for Let it Ride and Caribbean Stud Poker. Frank Scoblete explains why craps is a riot and gives readers a tip on how to "push the casino" when making a pass line with odds wager. As always, we have a summary of upcoming major blackjack tournaments in casinos across the country courtesy of www.blackjacktournaments.com (I'll be playing in the IP Biloxi tournament on Feb. 25 and 26.)

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FROM THE INSIDE by Mr. Pit Boss

This month's great "insider" article appeared in issue #33 of the BJI. It gives you pointers to let you know if you've been fingered by the pit, with tips to prevent this from happening to you.

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    THE WRONG SIDE OF THE CLIFF: INTERVIEW WITH DR. WILLIAM McCOWN (Part 1) by Frank Kneeland

    "This will be the last of my gaming psychology related articles for a while. I thought it best to save the best for last, so I have a special treat in store for you. This month and next in this two part article, we'll be talking to Dr. William G. McCown, the author of my favorite book on gambling psychology, Best Possible Odds, as well as several other books on psychology, including his latest, Treating Gambling Problems..."

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: DOUBLE-DECK GAMES by JPB

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: WESTERN CASINO by Stu D. Hoss

    "So it was on a chilly, windy Las Vegas night when the Western Hotel and Casino closed its doors. The closing had been announced in November of last year, and it met with mild local media interest. I had written the date on my calendar for no particular reason, but as the date approached, I thought as a quasi-Vegas historian and observer of the human condition, I was long overdue to set foot in the property. What better time than its last night..."

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    TUNICA TRIP REPORT by Riverboat Flyer

    "It was once again time for my annual New Year's Eve holiday trip to Tunica. Here's what I found..."

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    SHUFFLE TRACKING 101 by Vinny DeCarlo

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    WHAT IS THIS GAME WORTH? by Basil Nestor

    "I live in Los Angeles. Two hours south of me, near San Diego, is Barona Casino. Until recently, Barona had the best public blackjack game in the world, at least judging from the rules. The contest was played with a single deck. Naturals paid 3:2. You could double down on any two cards and after splits. The game allowed late surrender. The dealer hit soft 17 (which was the only negative twist). Overall, pretty nice huh?..."

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    SCOBE'S GOLDEN TOUCH CRAPS: CRAPS IS A RIOT! by Frank Scoblete

    "While playing casino games is fun, the real maddening frenzy only occurs on a craps table or as Henry Dalton, someone I just met at a craps table, said, "Craps is a riot!"..."

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    CASINO ANSWER MAN by John Grochowski

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    BLACKJACK LIFE IN AND OUT OF THE CASINOS by Ralph Stricker

    "The person came in and gave a demonstration of his dealing prowess. I have never seen anyone deal cards like this before. We played about an hour (single deck), and I never won a single hand..."

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