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BJI Newsletter, March 2017, #206

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A WORD FROM HENRY

We begin this month's issue with a report on blackjack playing conditions at the Green Valley Ranch and Fiesta Henderson casinos located south of the Strip in Henderson, NV (read about the good double-deck games at GVR). Stu D. Hoss visited the Venetian casino to review the new Stadium Blackjack installation (some good but mostly bad news on this new approach for playing blackjack at the Venetian). I'll bet many of you didn't watch the Super Bowl the way Joe Freda did; read his trip report to find out where he went. If you are planning to play blackjack in Europe, Radek Vegas gives you a heads up on the blackjack games in Malta. I've summarized what went down at the recent 2017 Blackjack Ball, the questions that were given to the pros competing for the title of World's Greatest Blackjack Player, and the 21-question test that were part of the competition. Paul Wilson reviews the correct way to play those pesky soft hands, while in my article "What went Wrong," I answer a question from an agitated basic strategy player who lost $500 after reading and following the advice in my Blackjack Take The Money and Run book. Our resident blackjack dealer/supervisor Ariande gives examples (from his experience) of what casinos do when they suspect a player is card counting. Jerry "Stickman" continues his interesting series on the history of the Tunica casinos (see the photos in the article of the devastation to the Tunica casinos after the great flood occurred), and John Grochowski answers players' questions dealing with the playing strategy for Double Double Bonus and Triple Bonus video poker, and another on the Five Card Charlie rule in blackjack.

Enjoy the issue!

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Editor

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