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by Frank Scoblete

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Latest AC News

News: Revel has been sold and will reopen in August of 2015.

News: Revel deal falls through as buyer pulls out.

News: Revel will be bought by a college and made into an institution of learning.

News: Revel not to be a college as university pulls out. News: Revel up for sale again.

News: Trump Plaza (even closed) is still the biggest dump in Atlantic City. Now rivals Staten Island's landfill which was named smelliest dump on East Coast several years ago.

News: Revel will be put up for auction again.

News: Revel's auction called off as original buyer decides to give it another shot.

News: Revel's original buyer banned from buying Revel.

News: Revel's new auction to start in the fall.

News: People have begun to forget what ACH stood for. Many think it is a prescription drug sold by the drug pushers on the Boardwalk.

News: Revel sold!

News: Retraction: Revel not sold.

News: Two people apparently sighted in Wild Wild West.

News: Something about Revel.

Casino Ratings

It is always best to check out the games for yourselves. Time of day, type of dealer, table minimum, and number of decks can influence the most important ingredients in a good game for a card counter --- penetration. The second most important things are the rules. Most Atlantic City casinos allow doubling on the first two cards, splitting of pairs (once or twice), doubling after splits, three-to-two payouts on blackjacks (except those awful one-deck games). Sadly most of the casinos are hitting soft 17, except in the high roller rooms. For non-card counters you want shallow penetration and good rules and a full table!

Our reporters have somewhat different takes on the various (remaining) casinos. Again it is always best to do a quick tour of the one(s) you plan to play at.

Rating System:

Four stars: * * * * = superior game

Three stars: * * * = worth playing

Two stars: * * = look elsewhere

One star: * = seriously don't you have something better to do?

No stars: 0 = are you that hungry to lose your money?

BALLY'S: Eight decks in the main casino, hitting on S17, typical rules. Penetration about 75 percent; sometimes as high as 80 percent. High roller room has six-deckers, about 80 percent penetration. Casino has been redesigned and looks good. Hotel rooms still need renovations. Excellent craps tables. Some of the riff-raff from the decayed Trump Plaza have made their way to Bally's. Not a good sign. Can't people launder their drug money somewhere else? Rating: * * *

BORGATA: This place will survive. Still the "in" place too. Young sexy folks abound. If all the casinos collapse this place will probably keep chugging along. Decent games. Eight decks on main floor with some hitting soft 17 and some standing on soft 17. Good penetration (about 80 percent) and some six-deckers throughout the place. Crummy craps tables. Rating: * * *

CAESARS: I thought this place was safe but there are rumblings that Caesars Entertainment is seriously considering closing it down. That would be bad. It is a lovely casino and a good hotel. Blackjack is fine with eight deckers in main casino, hitting on soft 17, penetration of about 70-75 percent. Rating: * * *

GOLDEN NUGGET: It looks as if this casino is making it. It has survived a very tough time for Atlantic City and is beginning to bring in the bucks. Blackjack games are so-so in main casino, eight decks with hitting on soft 17. Penetration about 75 percent at most. High roller room has six-deckers with penetration of 75-80 percent but some of the bosses are scaredy-cats. Great craps games. Great crews. Renovated hotel rooms are lovely. Rating: * * *

HARRAH'S: Same as last issue. A slot palace but the blackjack games are far better now than during my last visit. If some of the Showboat crowd migrate here it should help improve their bottom line. Eight deck games with hitting of soft 17 throughout. Penetration of 70 percent - which is great for this place. Rating: * *

RESORTS: And the first might wind up being the last or, at least, one of the last. Blackjack games are decent; 70-75 percent penetration, eight decks with hitting soft 17. Rating: * * *

TAJ MAHAL: Hanging by a thread. My latest visit, mid-week about noon, the place was deserted. I've always liked it but left when their craps tables became trampolines. Main floor eight-deck blackjack goes from good games with 80 percent penetration to poor games with 65 percent penetration. I guess it all depends on the dealer and the floor person working a particular pit. All games hit soft 17. High roller room gets some good action. They stand on soft 17. About 75-80 percent penetration in high roller room. Rating: * * *

TROPICANA: No change from last issue except most of the renovations are completed. They are gunning for big play. There are huge Asian crowds with more Asian games than I've seen elsewhere. It is a strong casino with plenty of good games. Eight deckers in main casino hitting soft 17, with 75-80 percent penetration. High roller room has six-deckers with 80 percent penetration, sometimes even better. Rating: * * *



Our Readers Report

If you wish to contribute your reports or observations, I need to receive them by the 18th of the month for the next month. Write to:

We have many readers who send us their reports on various aspects of Atlantic City and we do have some that give us reports just about every month - so we have decided to give them the fame and glory (as opposed to "fortune and glory") of their own columns

You will note that our correspondents tend to have somewhat different views. Always it is up to you to decide which games you want to play by scouting them for yourselves.


Dear Frank:

Put a lid on Atlantic City. It is dead. The crowds are gone and even the weekends seem smaller. I don't know if Taj or Caesars or Wild Wild West will last. The Boardwalk is going to be almost empty. Too many casinos in the country and too few players for them. Survival of the fittest and Atlantic City doesn't seem too fit, does it? No.



Dear Frank:

Just to let you know that I have been enjoying the excerpts from your book I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack (in BJI). You've had some career.

Bill H.



I have no pity for Atlantic City. I am a 25-dollar blackjack player and I will often progress my bets as high as 100 dollars. I am not a card counter. I was playing at one of the remaining casinos and I asked for a comp for two to the café and the pit critter said he'd give me a comp for two to the buffet. I had already played two hours. It is this type of treatment that causes me to go to Vegas more than I would if AC gave more back to the players.



Free! Free! Free!

I am leaving the book-selling business. My wife and I are doing a lot of traveling, around America, around the world; catching up on the things we've missed because I've spent so much time in casinos for over a quarter century, often 130 days a year. I have books stocked in my warehouse. The following are available for free. (This is while supplies last.) Just send me an email to with your address or contact me through Facebook. (If you have already received free books please let me know so I do not send the same surprise to you.)

The Virgin Kiss

Confessions of a Wayward Catholic

Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos: How to Play Craps and Win!

Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge

Forever Craps: The Five Step Advantage-Play Method

Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines!

Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players!



I Am a Card Counter:

Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack

by Frank Scoblete

They lived the life! Frank Scoblete and his wife the Beautiful A.P. were a devastating card counting team consistently beating the casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, the Midwest and Mississippi.

Now Frank will share with you everything he knows about beating the casinos at blackjack, including techniques that only he and a few true pros know such as End Play, the Fat Finger Method, Card Counting, Celebrity Play and Card Grouping.

The heart of this book focuses on what it means to be an expert player. Enjoy Frank and A.P.'s amazing true story; a story of phenomenal skill, teamwork, casino intrigue, and fascinating characters and, yes, how the casino bosses angrily reacted to a couple who knew more about winning money than almost anyone who ever challenged a casino. You'll see what happens when the casino bosses go after Frank and the Beautiful A.P.

You'll also meet such greats as Ken Uston, Henry Tamburin, the Stickman, Fred Renzey, Howard Schwartz, Edna Luckman, John Gollehon, Marvin Karlins, Walter Thomason, Stanford Wong, the real Rain Man, Joanna W., Silas the Miser, the Wheat Germ Man, and first and foremost, you will meet the man Frank considers the World's Greatest Blackjack Player ever!

Enjoy their ride and learn their secrets!

"Frank Scoblete has won much money from casinos in Las Vegas and elsewhere. This book describes how Frank and his wife cleaned up at blackjack by counting cards. Frank explains the details of how they did it, shares how they overcame the difficulties they encountered, and describes colorful characters they met along the way. Frank has a delightful way with words." - Stanford Wong, best-selling author of Professional Blackjack

"I've had the pleasure of working with some of the brightest minds and sharpest experts. Scoblete is in a class of his own." - Rob Wiser, managing editor, Casino Player magazine

"Frank Scoblete is an icon in this industry." - Catherine Jaeger, managing editor, Midwest Gaming & Travel magazine

"Frank Scoblete and the Beautiful A.P. are probably the standard for all husband/wife or couple blackjack teams. This book will blow your mind!" - Bill Burton, columnist, Casino Player and Midwest Gaming and Travel

Available from, your local bookstore and Kindle. And at a discounted price from the BJI store.

Click here to order.




Bless me father for I have sinned.

Confessions of a Wayward Catholic

Confessions of a Wayward Catholic is a hilarious yet insightful account of Frank Scoblete's years from kindergarten through grandparenthood as a confused, wayward, seemingly ever-sinning Catholic. Join Frank for an entertaining but possibly hell-bound ride as he attempts to understand what God and religion are all about. Will Frank reach the pearly gates or be banished to eternal damnation?


"I love my husband but there is stuff in this book that is disgraceful and should never have been written!" - Alene Scoblete, wife

"Francis Scoblete has been a major sinner ever since he came to elementary school. I watched him closely at the dances." - Sister Jerome Blake, in charge of making sure girls and boys slow danced a foot apart.

"I don't know why Jewish kids went to a Catholic school but I'm proud they did well in religion." - Chief Rabbi Sol Bernstein

"I believe that you should love your neighbor as yourself. Luckily, Frank lives in another town and is not my neighbor." - Jesus Christ

"Scoblete says I have no sense of humor. I will afflict him with boils and sores over his whole body, just like I did Job." - God

"Frank Scoblete has been wayward for over six decades. He's my main man!" - Satan

Available from, your local bookstore and Kindle.

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