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BJI Newsletter, September 2017, #212

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A WORD FROM HENRY

Our September issue contains three blackjack reports: the first covers the Las Vegas Downtown Grand and Plaza casinos (by Stu D. Hoss); the second on the Las Vegas Cromwell casino (by KC Brooks); and the third report covers four casinos located in Kansas City (by JPC). (You'll find where the better blackjack games are located in these reports.) Paul Wilson also visited and reports on the two casinos in Las Vegas that offer a 3-2 blackjack game (one of them is very good). Blackjack pro Nicholas Colon pulls no punches when he discusses the psychology of playing advantage blackjack, an important point that every "wanna be" card counter needs to read and understand. Most blackjack playing decisions are obvious but some are not; in my article I cover those non-intuitive playing decisions and explains why it's important you make these plays. Ariande wrote a thought-provoking article on the psychological and statistical anomalies so "you don't go wrong" when you gamble in a casino. Multi-Strike Video Poker is fun to play and Jerry "Stickman" reviews the game and the strategies for playing it. In this month's Casino Answerman column, John Grochowski answers questions dealing with several deuces wild video poker games (bet you didn't know there is a difference in playing strategy); what to look for if you want to play a video blackjack game; and a Mississippi Stud Poker strategy question.

Michele Guzzinati, who is our BJI European contributor, emailed me this report on the following casinos that she recently visited:

  • Grand Casino Portoroz (Portoroz - Slovenia): Free entry, two blackjack tables with CSM, minimum bet 10 euros, maximum bet 2000 euros. Rules: six decks, dealer stands on soft 17, double down on every card, double after splitting, no surrender.
  • Casino Cafe de Paris (Monaco - France): Free entry, open 24 hours every day, three blackjack tables with CSM, minimum bet 25 euros, maximum bet 1250 euros. Rules: six decks, dealer stands on soft 17, double down on every card, double after splitting, no surrender.
  • Casino Sanremo (Sanremo - Italy): Free entry, six blackjack tables, minimum bet 10 euros, and maximum bet 250 euros. Rules: six decks, dealer stands on soft 17, double down on every card, double after splitting, no surrender.

    Enjoy the issue,
    Henry Tamburin
    Editor

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: DOWNTOWN GRAND LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO AND PLAZA HOTEL AND CASINO by Stu D. Hoss

    "This month, I visited two properties that have been playable in the past. I hoped I wouldn't be disappointed. Read on to learn more about what I found at the Downtown Grand and the Plaza..."

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: CROMWELL CASINO by KC Brooks

    "When The Cromwell first opened I was very impressed with the overall design and layout of the casino. I viewed it as a fairly high-end joint; however, I found the place lacking in playable blackjack games. There were, like most places on the Strip, lots of 6:5 games, and the only decent games had a posted $50 to $100 minimum bets. I am happy to report there have been some significant changes for the good (for a change)..."

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    KANSAS CITY TRIP REPORT by JPB

    "There are four casinos in the approximate center of the state running from far south to north. In this report I cover those four casinos that include..."

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    PAUL'S POINTERS: TOP THREE, ERR, TWO PLACES FOR SINGLE-DECK BLACKJACK IN LAS VEGAS by Paul Wilson

    "This month I'm going to talk about single-deck blackjack and where to find playable games in Las Vegas..."

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    THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ADVANTAGE GAMING by Nicholas Colon

    "Nothing that I can write here can prepare you for what you will go through as a professional Advantage Player. The emotional swings mimic those of a..."

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    NON-INTUITIVE BASIC STRATEGY PLAYS by Henry Tamburin

    "Some of the basic strategy is not so intuitive: like hitting a 12 against a dealer's 3, or splitting a pair of 9s against dealer's 9. I will examine a few of these non-intuitive hands and provide some justification for the proper, albeit not always apparent, basic strategy..."

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    WHERE GAMBLERS GO WRONG: AN ANALYSIS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND STATISTICAL ANALOMIES THAT HAPPEN by Ariande

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    CASINO ANSWERMAN by John Grochowski

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