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BJI Newsletter, November 2017, #214

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A WORD FROM HENRY

This issue of the BJI begins with several reports on blackjack playing conditions: Treasure Island (TI) and Mirage casinos in Las Vegas (by Stu D. Hoss); several Biloxi, MS casinos (by Riverboat Flyer); and the casinos located in the Chicago area (by John Grochowski). I've got a primer on how to correctly play those pesky soft hands. JPB reveals his top 10 advantage play opportunities that he took advantage of over the past 15 years (don't miss reading how a skilled player did this). If you want to learn what one blackjack dealer's highs and lows are, read Ariande's article (you might be surprised at what he has to say). We have two articles on the recent Global Gaming Conference (G2E) held in Las Vegas: Paul Wilson describes what he believes the casino of the future will be like, and Nichols Colon reveals some stories behind the stories from several conferences he attended at G2E. On the video poker front, Jerry "Stickman" give a great tutorial on the best (and worst) Deuces Wild video poker games that includes playing strategy tables for the best games.

Enjoy the issue and Happy Thanksgiving,
Henry Tamburin
Editor

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: TREASURE ISLAND (TI) HOTEL AND CASINO AND THE MIRAGE LAS VEGAS by Stu D. Hoss

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    TRIP REPORT: TUNICA AND BILOXI CASINO Part 2 by Riverboat Flyer

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    BEST BLACKJACK GAMES IN THE CHICAGO AREA by John Grochowski

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    HOW TO PLAY SOFT HANDS IN BLACKJACK by Henry Tamburin

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    MY TOP TEN BLACKJACK OPPORTUNITES OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS-PART 1 by JPB

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    THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF BEING A CASINO DEALER by Ariande

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    PAUL'S POINTERS: TOMORROW'S CASINO EXPERIENCE, TODAY? by Paul Wilson

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    2017 GLOBAL GAMING EXPO (G2E): The Story Behind the Story by Nicholas G. Colon

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    STICKMAN'S STANCE: DEUCES WILD VIDEO POKER by Jerry "Stickman"

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