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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, Feb. 2005, #61


By Henry Tamburin

Smart Gaming web site

The web site is owned by Henry Tamburin, blackjack expert and author of the popular book, "Blackjack: Take the Money and Run". Henry is the editor of the Blackjack Insider e-newletter, and a feature writer for Casino Player magazine.

Last month I gave an overview of the 2005 Blackjack Ball held in Las Vegas (click here to read Part 1).

This month, as promised, Iíve got the answers to the quiz that was given to the participants are given below (thanks to Max Rubin for providing the questions and answers).

2005 Blackjack Ball

Preliminary Round Test


1. True or False. In the Best version of $1.00 Jacks or Better video poker (without a progressive jackpot), that can be found in Nevadaís casinos, full houses return 8 to 1 and flushes return 5 to1.

TRUE. Although itís called 9/6 Jacks or Better, full houses return 9 FOR 1 and flushes return 6 FOR 1.


2. Which has the worst odds of happening?

  1. The same person will be struck two times by lightening in one year.
  2. A meteor will strike a major city in the next year and kill at least 1,000 people
  3. A person will die on a single flight on a 747
  4. A player from the MIT team will overtip a dealer.

Answer: This was a "gimme."

3. Spell the last name of the menís head basketball coach at Duke University

Answer: Krzyzewski


4. True or False. In 2004, the average blackjack table in Clark County, Nevada won less than $1,000 a day.

Answer: TRUE. They won about $345,000 each.

5. Multiple Choice. If you stand a standard five-dollar chip vertically on its side, and then start stacking five-dollar chips next to it until they reach the top of the vertical chip, what is the value of the stack of chips?

A.     $40

B.     $45

C.     $50

D.     $60

Answer: D.

6. Fill in the blank. To the nearest tenth of one percent, with aces counting as one, what is the average value of all the cards in a standard deck. The answer must be exact.

Answer: 6.5

7. True or False. Ernie Moody, the inventor of triple play and five play video poker used some of his millions a year in earnings to buy a horse named Rock Hard Ten. That horse finished second in the Preakness this year behind Smarty Jones.

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