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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, August 2003, #43

"Thank you" to BJI's Newest Sponsor!

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We're proud to announce that the Las Vegas Hilton's Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament is the newest corporate sponsor for the Blackjack Insider newletter and web site. Our regular readers will know that our editor, Henry Tamburin, has played in and written about this amazing tournament many times. Where else can you get such a great chance at a million bucks?! Read Henry Tamburin's analysis about the benefits and structure of this tournament in his article this month: WHY PLAY THE HILTON TOURNAMENT?.


We begin our August issue of BJI with a report by CC Rider on the blackjack playing conditions at the "new" Copa Casino in Gulfport, MS (you'll like it there). Fred Renzey, who plays blackjack mostly in the Chicago area, took a trip to Las Vegas and reports on the playing conditions that he found at several strip casinos (some good, some not). Your playing and betting position in blackjack tournaments is critical and Ken Smith explains why in his article on Position: A Critical Part of Tournament Strategy. Rob McGarvey shows how to gain the edge playing blackjack on the Internet by taking advantage of the many different bonus offers that online casinos will give you to get your business. Borgata has opened in Atlantic City and Alene Paone & Frank Scoblete explain in their Atlantic City Report how it has affected other casinos. Last month we published part 1 of LV Pro's recent trip to Las Vegas (he was down $1360 and not a happy camper). This month you can read the conclusion of his trip (it's not pretty). "Is the Hilton tournament worth playing?" Many players ask me that question so I dissected the tournament and made my recommendation. Lastly, we've updated our schedule of major blackjack tournaments.

Because of an illness, we couldn't complete the article that summarized our special interview with a casino surveillance person as we had planned. The interview will appear in the next issue of BJI.

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"Okay, so 1950's Havana and Manhattan it's not, but this smallish casino, with a brand spankin' new renovation is a significant improvement on the old boat that used to be the Copa..."

Read CC Rider's complete article.

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"I recently returned from a nine-day stay on the Las Vegas Strip. During that time, I played blackjack in eleven casinos and observed the conditions in several others. On the whole, playing conditions are better than in my Midwest home turf..."

Read Renzey's complete article.


"When you take a seat at a tournament table, you should be armed with a basic strategy of how you plan to approach the game. But there's one unknown about your round that won't be settled until you sit down at the table. Seating position can have a big impact on your chances for success in a tournament round..."

Read Smith's complete article.

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"On August 14th, 1962, Rob McGarvey came into the world around 8 PM. Weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces he was the gamblers baby. My Dad, a semi professional equestrian handicapper played 7 11 on the next days Exacta at Woodbine. And won. Blackjack, Rob, and the Internet were now set on a billion dollar destiny that would happen as these three worlds collided in cyberspace over three decades later..."

Read McGarvey's complete article.

ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone & Frank Scoblete

"Borgata has opened and the place is doing just fine. There have been some small snafus and many people have commented on the lackluster coloration of the outside façade but there's no denying the inside is all Las Vegas....

Read Paone and Scoblete's complete article.

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"Is the Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar Tournament really worth playing? Henry Tamburin analyzes the tournament and makes his recommendation.

Read Tamburin's complete article.

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