Blackjack newsletter and blackjack strategySubscribe to the Blackjack Insider newsletter

How to Win EVEN MORE Blackjack Tournaments - Volume II... only $14.95. Ken Smith's second e-book on tournament blackjack contains more of his winning strategies that have made him one of the best tournament blackjack players in the world.

Or, purchase both Volume I and Volume II together for $24.95... over 15% off!

NEW! Read how Ken used skill to win a recent blackjack tournament. Get his books and you could too!

How To Win EVEN MORE Blackjack Tournaments - Volume II
(web ads above removed with paid membership. Click here for advertisement rates)


by JPB

JPB has been playing blackjack and counting cards part-time since 1996. He plays throughout the country but primarily in Missouri. He has been a Green Chip member of for four years and one-time winner of the Post-of-the-Month. JPB is a professional engineer with three engineering degrees and works as a consulting engineer.


I learned pretty quickly that there are two components to winning money at blackjack:

  • the advantage gained from counting cards and
  • the casino promotions

You can use a computer simulation program (or if you are old-school like me the tables in a book such as Blackjack Attack) to estimate your win rate by playing blackjack and counting cards. The win rate is based primarily on the factors: bet spread, penetration, and blackjack rules. You can supplement the high risk part of the win rate (i.e., counting cards) by exploiting casino promotions, such as coupon mailers, points that can be redeemed for cash, and other special offers. The promotions are usually no risk and can be exploited without the adverse effect of being identified as an undesirable card counter. Because I have a full-time job and a family, I have only been able to take advantage of a small percentage of the promotions that I receive from casinos; however, Iíve always tried to exploit the really good ones A few months ago, however, I missed out on what was probably the single best promotion I have come across in the past 20 years.

Examples of Promotions

Here are some of the better promotions that I can recall:

  • One Indian casino sent me a coupon for $1,000 in casino play. Unlike "Match Play Chips," these were worth dollar for dollar, making it a $1,000 value.
  • Gold Strike in Tunica gave me $500 in casino chips and a chance (about 1 in a 100) to win a Porsche Cayenne.
  • Fitzgeraldís in Tunica sent me $500 worth of casino chip coupons for several consecutive months.
  • Harrahís in Las Vegas sent me tournament offers (blackjack, craps, and slots) with prize pools of about $50,000 each for a player pool of typically about $200 (thus a value of about $250). Coupled with a free room, good location, a welcome breakfast, and food/drinks during the tournament, these were very decent promotions.
  • One of the Terribleís casinos offered me a 5% rebate on my losses. I was only able to play there a few times, but I did receive one rebate for about $250 (after a big loss) that I was able to cash.

How I Found Out About This Super Promotion

My blackjack play was still welcome at this particular casino, and I was receiving monthly mailers from them that described their upcoming promotions. On top of that, the promotions were described on their website: therefore, I have no excuses for not knowing about them. I had been playing at this property about once a month for about a year. They offered a 2:1 promotion on suited blackjacks (I learned about that promotion from their mailer) but otherwise, there was nothing else that excited me. I received Match Play Coupons, ranging from about $25-$100 week, free room offers, and some restaurant comps. Nice perks bonus but nothing really exceptional. Then this happened.

I showed up on the last day of the month around 5:00 pm and played my usual games, splitting time between their six-deck and double-deck games. The double-deck game had 50% penetration with DAS, H17, no RSA, and LSR, yielding a house advantage of about 0.33% against a basic strategy player. The penetration at the six-deck game was nothing exceptional, at around 4.6 out of 6.0 decks. However, the rules were very good for a basic strategy player with H17, DAS, RSA, Early Surrender against a dealerís Ace upcard, and Late Surrender against a dealerís 10. This was a good game for a card counter, and a great game for a basic strategy player. My average bet was probably $50, maybe $100 tops.

After a few hours of playing, I looked up at some type of leader board. Fifty names were posted with total points next to each name. I glanced at the board and said to myself, "Thatís weird; somebody on the board has the same first initial and last name as me".

After a few more of hours of play, I noticed that the person with the same last name as me was listed at number 10. Finally, I asked one of the pit bosses about the board. "Thatís you at number 10," he said. "We have a $10,000 promotion this month just for table players. The top 50 table game players share $10,000 pool and the top person gets $5000".

This promotion was for table games only- blackjack and Three-Card Poker. Slot players were not eligible. Since this is a small Indian casino, I usually only see a few other blackjack players. In fact, I didnít think they had even 50 regular blackjack players! I finished the evening (and month) with about 11,000 points. The leader had about 25,000 points.

At the stroke of midnight, I finally realized how I let $5000 get away and how good of an opportunity this was that I just missed...

...enter your member login information below to read this article/newsletter...

Paid Members-Only Article

You have clicked on a link to a Blackjack Insider web page or article for paid subscribers. You must have a paid membership to the Blackjack Insider newsletter to view this content. About 1/2 of the articles in each issue of the Blackjack Insider are for paid members only, while the rest are viewable by everyone. Your purchased membership will allow you to read all Blackjack Insider articles for 12 months.

Enter your user name and password below (they were listed and e-mailed to you after you purchased your Blackjack Insider membership):

User name:
Password: (case sensitive)
Save user name and password in your browser so you don't have to type them again later

Forgot your membership id or password? Click here.

How do I get a membership?

A membership can be purchased online at our secure store with your credit card for only $19.95 per year. You will receive a user name and password immediately by e-mail which you can use to read the all past and future members-only articles for 12 months, as well as the regular free articles.


Do I have to buy a membership?

No. Blackjack Insider will continue to be published as a free monthly e-newsletter. But about 1/2 of the articles each month will be for paid members only. Subscribers without a membership can still view and read the non-members articles for free.

What happens after I buy a membership?

Immediately after you complete your purchase, you will receive a unique login user name and password. These are displayed on the final purchase page, and are e-mailed to you. When you click on a members-only article in our web site, you will be prompted for this user name and password (as shown above). Simply enter them, and enjoy the article! Note: make sure you turn on the checkbox above when you login, to save the user name and password so that you don't have to re-enter them every time you view members-only articles.

Why did you switch to paid memberships?

Blackjack Insider is a professional monthly publication with top-notch articles by world-reknown gaming experts. In addition, we have regular reporters that monitor game conditions and tournament schedules throughout North America. We use a partially paid subscriber model to enable us to continue getting the best content for our readers from leading authors on blackjack and gaming.

©2015, DeepNet Technologies. No material to be copied without express permission of DeepNet Technologies.
This site developed by DeepNet Technologies, Ontario, Canada. Contact webmaster @ bjinsider . com if you have problems.
This site is best viewed in a 800x600 graphics mode, or higher.