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BJI Newsletter, March 2014, #170

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Get the inside scoop on the 2014 Blackjack Ball, including the answers to the test questions taken by the blackjack pros. Eight-deck games are proliferating and we have the strategies to beat them courtesy of Bill "The GameMasters" Channels. We have several blackjack reports this month that include two North Las Vegas casinos (Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho); two casinos located on Tropicana Ave. at the South end of the Strip (Excalibur and NY-NY by KC Brooks); and two located in Tucson, AZ (Casino Del Sol, Desert Diamond Airport by JPB). Learn how to get a better craps game than advertised from Frank Scoblete, and if you don't know what to say or do when a casino employee asks you for your social security card or number, read Jean Scott's article for the answers. Jerry "Stickman" continues his review of short-pay deuces wild games, this month for the game known as "loose deuces." Lastly, we have a summary of major blackjack tournaments courtesy of


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I've known Channels for nearly 45 years and he is the real deal. I like his book because it's arranged as a series of lessons with plenty of practice exercises that help the reader master the techniques to beat blackjack. If you want to learn how to win, I highly recommend his book. For more information, or to order, click here.

Enjoy this issue!

Henry Tamburin

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UNDERSTANDING RISK by Bill "The GameMaster" Channels

This article, which appeared in issue #156 of BJI, is a great primer on understanding the risks involved when you play blackjack.

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    "The horror stories pour in when the subject of Social Security numbers and casinos is brought up on Internet gambling forums. Here's a sample of three recent postings..."

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