Blackjack Insider Newsletter, April 2005, #63
A WORD FROM HENRY
We've got an exclusive interview with Kevin Blackwood, author of the book Play Blackjack Like The Pro's. Kevin has won one million dollars playing professionally over the past 20 years and he shares his secrets for success. You'll also enjoy reading Eliot Jacobson's article on the hurdles to become a winning blackjack player. Be sure to grade yourself on his "ten obstacles" quiz. Our insider The Suit, describes what steps the floor takes to determine if you are an Advantage Player. Dan Pronovost continues his series on advantage play craps with a tool that you can use to prove whether or not you can get the edge at craps. Scott Michael's visited the casinos in St. Louis and reports on the blackjack (and video poker) playing conditions there. . Likewise, Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete provide an update on blackjack playing conditions in Atlantic City and feedback from one of their AC correspondents. Oh, oh, Barfarkel (a.k.a. LV Pro) is at it again! We've got his latest trip report to Sin City containing his adventures on (and off) the tables. If you play poker you need to learn how to "read the board." Check out Bill Burton's All About Poker column on this. Kenneth Smith takes a break from his usual tournament strategy articles and instead shares his experience chasing a profitable promotion at a table game called Mississippi Hold'Em (you are going to enjoy reading this story). And believe it or not LVBear offers a praise (rather than his usual rants), this time for the new management at Binion's. I've summarized the status of the World Series of Blackjack and Kenneth Smith has a summary of the upcoming blackjack tournaments.
Three quick reminders. The weekend of April 16 and 17 I'll be teaching the Golden Touch Blackjack course featuring Speed Count in Las Vegas. There are just a few openings left so if you are interested in attending call 1-866-946-2421 or register online at www.goldentouchblackjack.com. In May I will be giving a seminar on advantage blackjack, and Dan Pronovost on advantage craps, at the Gambler's Jamboree at Casino Windsor in Ontario. Go to www.gamblersjamboree.com for the complete schedule of seminars (over 40 of them) and to register (BJI subscribers get 10% using the above link). And finally, you don't want to miss watching the exciting conclusion of the World of Series of Blackjack that will air on GSN on Friday evening April 22 and repeated on April 23, 24 & 26. One player wins a quarter million dollars on the turn of one card!
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River Belle Online Casino
I've reviewed the playing rules for three of their American-style blackjack games offered by River Belle and asked Dan Pronovost to compute the house edge using his Blackjack Audit software program. Here's the low down. Their Vegas Downtown game uses two decks with H17, DAS, pair splitting up to 4 hands, aces can be split once and one card to each split ace. The house edge using the basic playing strategy calculates to 0.4256%. Their Vegas Strip game uses 4 decks of cards with s17, DAS, plus the same rules as above for pair splitting. House edge in this game for the basic strategy player is only 0.4053%. Finally their Atlantic City game uses 8 decks with the same rules as their Las Vegas Strip game except they allow late surrender. House edge is 0.4783%. So, all the good blackjack games at River Belle give the house less than a 0.5% edge.
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