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BJI Newsletter, December 2015, #191

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A WORD FROM HENRY

We welcome our newest contributing writer to the BJI, Dunbar, who created his acclaimed software Dunbar's Risk Analyzer for Video Poker 1.0. His first article is about bankroll requirements for video poker players to avoid going broke (i.e., risk of ruin).

In this month's issue, you'll also find an article written by me that gives the inside scoop on why I wrote the Ultimate Guide to Blackjack, and what it contains. Take a look see, and I'd appreciate your feedback (HTamburin@aol.com). This issue also contains several blackjack condition (and trip) reports. They include Las Vegas Reports on the D Las Vegas and Downtown Grand casinos (by Stu D. Hoss); Bally's and Paris casinos (by KC Brooks); New York-Turning Stone casino (by Joe Freeda); and Part 2 on the Northeast Oklahoma casinos (by JPB). You'll also find the conclusion of Eliot Jacobson's article on Hole Carding, and an interesting read from Paul Wilson on the number 7 in blackjack. John Grochowski answers reader's questions dealing with rating blackjack players; tips for playing the very volatile Triple Double Bonus video poker; and the house edge on Mississippi Stud Poker. Lastly, we have a summary of upcoming major blackjack tournaments courtesy of blackjacktournaments.com.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Henry Tamburin
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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: BALLY'S and PARIS CASINOS by KC Brooks

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NEW YORK TRIP REPORT: TURNING STONE CASINO by "Reload" Joe Freda

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PAUL'S POINTERS: SEVEN: LUCKY, UNLUCKY, or JUST ANOTHER NUMBER? by Paul Wilson

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HOLE CARD 101-Part 2 by Eliot Jacobson, Ph.D.

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