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By Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete

Alene Paone is the CEO of Paone Press, which sells gaming books and tapes at discount prices. She also writes for Her husband, Frank Scoblete, is the #1 best-selling gaming author in America. Frank’s books and tapes have sold over a million copies. His newest book is The Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution, co-authored with Dominator, the great dice controller.

For a free brochure call: 1-800-944-0406 or write: Paone Press, Box 610, Lynbrook, NY 11563. His websites are, and

And don’t forget to find out about our new blackjack method, Golden Touch Blackjack!

What the Players Have to Say

Do any of you remember the old Perry Como Show where the singers used to sing a song entitled "Letters"?

Letters, we get letters

We get lots and lots of letters

Well we have been gets lots and lots of emails from BJ Insider readers who want to state their opinions of the casinos by the ocean. We figured to give them space here to do so.


Dear Frank and Alene,

I just wanted to agree with your report on the blackjack games at the Borgata.  I had a great time playing there earlier this month.  I got a chance to spend some time playing on their $5 table.  In fact I learned that they run at least one, and usually only one, $5 table twenty hours a day.  So if you're willing to wait you can play at the $5 table any time.  Although it was full almost all of the time, even in the early morning.  The cuts were as you reported, about 75% to 80%.

The Borgata does one more really nice thing too.  All their blackjack tables have only 6 seats instead of the standard 7.  One less seat made for a lot more elbow room and made spending more of my time (and money on this trip) much more pleasant.

Hope this news is of some help.



Dear Alene and Frank:

I decided to see if what you have been writing about the Sands and Claridge is true or not and I found that the Sands does look really run down. I had not been in there in many years but went in to take a look. They really have to fix this place up because it is the worst of the AC casinos right now. I didn’t play the games but they were all $10 and $15 minimums when I was there and the cuts were the average of 75 percent or maybe a little less. The Claridge is a nice place and I like its old time atmosphere but it lacks the energy that it once used to have I guess because everyone appeared glum when my wife and I walked around. I heard a rumor that Harrah’s is going to close Claridge casino and make a shopping center there.

Keep up the good work


George Carson


Dear AC Reporters:

You are not giving Tropicana the rating I think it should get. They games are as good as any but the ones at Borgata and Taj, which are still a little superior, but Tropicana has really started to get their table games act together and the property is really jumping. Their new shopping center The Quarter is terrific and definitely worth a visit. I would give the Tropicana a three and a half star rating.



Dear Frank:

Atlantic City is going to the dogs even though the youth crowd is getting bigger. There are more and more carnival games like Three Card Poker and Let It Ride and the blackjack while not terrible is no world-beater. Why don’t the casinos wise up and give us good blackjack games like you said last issue? Why not have $5 tables so that everyone can play and not just those high rollers? The greed of the casinos is beyond belief. I used to play four hours when I went down there and now I play maybe an hour and I walk on the boardwalk the rest of the time. I am on a fixed income and those $25 table minimums on the weekends are not playable for me. I chalk it all up to greed.


Thomas A. J.


Dear Alene and Frank:

I read an article by Frank Scoblete at about bad dealers at craps but I have to give the other side of the story too. Many of the blackjack players in Atlantic City are the most obnoxious people in the world if you ask me. They complain and they yell at the dealers and they are just miserable frowning types who make it unpleasant to play at the same tables with them. If you are so miserable playing blackjack, why don’t you just not go to the casino? This is supposed to be fun not painful but their rotten attitudes make it miserable for all of us. I really feel sorry for the dealers who have to put up with all that crap from the players.

Then you have players who are always telling other players how to play their hands or pissing and moaning when the other players don’t play the hands as these idiots want the hand to be played. A lot of times these idiots don’t even know the real basic strategy but they think they are gambling geniuses. The dealers deserve a raise.


Marion K.


Dear Alene and Frank:

I really like your reports on Atlantic City and the fact that you publish the letters of Atlantic City players who write to you. I just hope that the casinos do not get to use the H17 rule on their 8-deck games. I am a basic strategy player and those games are fine for me to play but I really don’t want the house to get more of an edge on me than they already have.


Melanie R.


Dear Frank:

Speed Count rocks! I have been playing it since I took the Golden Touch Blackjack class in November and I am actually ahead now after 30 sessions of play. It is so easy to play I can’t believe it and it gives me an edge even in Atlantic City’s games. I was not able to do the regular Hi-Lo because I would always forget the count and it was too much like work. Thanks to you and Henry Tamburin and Dan Pronovost and Dominator for teaching this great class. You can use this letter if you want.

Yours truly,

Sam J.

Celebrities to Compete at Frank Scoblete’s World Craps Championships

in Las Vegas on July 22 and 23!


Frank Scoblete’s World Craps Championships TM will have many celebrities competing in the 10 craps tournaments scheduled for July 22 and 23 at the Atrium Hotel in Las Vegas. Some will also be competing in head-to-head competition against Golden Touch’s expert dice controllers as well.

Jean Scott, best selling author of the Frugal Gambler and More Frugal Gambling, and one of the world’s greatest advantage players will be competing, along with her husband Brad Scott. "I am not a controlled shooter," states Jean, "but in tournaments there is a lot of luck involved. I hope to get lucky in this one. I can’t wait to compete."

John Grochowski, best selling author of the Casino Answer Book series, will take time out from his duties as a columnist for the Detroit Free Press and from his radio show to compete. John is a Golden Touch Craps dice control student and now will get the opportunity to strut his stuff.

Dr. Don Catlin, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Massachusetts and author of The Lottery Book: The Truth Behind the Numbers, is set to compete. Dr. Catlin did an exhaustive study of the Captain’s 5-Count, a method for reducing one’s exposure to the house edge on random rollers that is used by Golden Touch shooters when they play in casinos. He is also a Golden Touch Dice Control student who is looking to show that even mathematicians can challenge chance.

Henry Tamburin, best-selling author and the Golden Touch student record holder in the No-Sevens Contest with 45 rolls before a seven showed, will be in head-to-head and tournament competition during the weekend. "I am really looking forward to meeting all these great craps players. They are an exciting bunch of players and this is going to be the greatest craps weekend ever. I would love to win the No-Sevens tournament."

Well known actor Barry Sigismondi, who played Dominator in the History Channel show The Dice Dominator will show off his dice control talents and be a guest speaker at the Awards dinner on Sunday evening, July 23. Since studying the Golden Touch, Barry has become quite a skilled shooter. He might even be challenging the real Dominator in a head-to-head special event match to determine who the true Dominator of craps actually is.

"I will show this guy who the true Dominator is," states the real Dominator.

The World Craps Championships TM is 80 percent sold out. If you wish to sign up, please call Fred at 1-800-944-0406. BJ Insider readers get a $100 discount. Instead of $495, the cost is $395, which allows you to compete in the tournaments and enjoy the Awards Dinner on Sunday evening.

Here are the events:

World Craps Championships (TM) Hosted by Frank Scoblete

In Las Vegas on July 22 and 23, 2006

Trophies and Cash Prizes for 10 Tournaments!

Meet Craps Players from all over the country! For the greatest Craps Event of all time!

Call "Fred" at 1-800-944-0406 to sign up. Join up today. Don’t wait.

Come join us for a great weekend of fun, games, and, of course, craps competition on July 22 and 23 in 2006 in Las Vegas. Trophies, plaques and cash prizes for all championships and runners-up!

The World Craps ChampionshipsTM will be hosted by best-selling author Frank Scoblete and feature just about all of the great Golden Touch dice controllers who will participate in individual challenge matches against each other: Dominator, Jerry "Stickman," Howard "Rock ‘n Roller," Mr. Finesse, Billy the Kid, Street Dog, Bill Burton, Tenor, Wordslayer, Satch, Tenpin, Tenor, Pit Boss, No Field Five, Doc Holliday, and Jake from Pitt.



The only qualifications to sign up are to have taken a Golden Touch Craps dice control class or to be a yearlong member of the Craps Club, our private web site or a BJ Insider Subscriber. This is a private tournament.

Please remember: Golden Touch instructors will not be competing against students or club members in the tournament contests but will be participating in challenge matches against each other. The instructors will not play for any of the cash or other prizes.

Tournament Awards include:

  • The Captain’s Trophy for the World Champion, plus cash prize
  • Beautiful Trophies for First Place, plus a cash prize, for all tournaments
  • Quality Plaques for Second and Third Places, plus cash prizes, for all tournaments
  • Group Awards

Sign up early and reserve your space now! There are a limited number of spaces available.

BJ Insider Subscribers pay just $395 for all the weekend’s events; this includes an award buffet-dinner on Sunday, July 23, 2006. You may enter as many tournaments as you wish. Please call "Fred" at 1-800-944-0406 to sign up for your contests. We will use your nickname for the contest if you wish.

To sign up for The Golden Touch World Craps ChampionshipTM please call "Fred" at 1-800-944-0406.


1. THE COME-OUT CHAMPIONSHIP: The Come-Out roll is won when a 7 or 11 is rolled. Some shooters shoot for those numbers on the Come-out. Can you be the best at it?

2. THE HARD WAY CHAMPIONSHIP: How good are you at rolling the hard way numbers of 4, 6, 8, 10? Can you do 2:2, 3:3, 4:4, and 5:5 enough times to be the champion? This contest will find out!

3. ULTIMATE CRAPSHOOTER CHAMPIONSHIP: They are the numbers with the highest house edges and some of the biggest payoffs in the game of craps. Can you roll the 2, 3, or 12 enough times to make you the champ?

4. THE 6 & 8 CHAMPIONSHIP: The easiest numbers to hit are the 6 and the 8. Many shooters use the 3-V set to bang out those numbers. Can you make the most 6s and 8s?

5. THE 4 & 10 CHAMPIONSHIP: If you use the 2-V set you are looking to hit those outside numbers. Can you be the royalty of the outside world?

6. NO SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIP: If you are a right player, the 7 is the number you want to avoid. Can you avoid it enough to become the best no-sevens champion?

7. MAKE YOUR POINT CHAMPIONSHIP: You establish a point and hit that point. It’s the real game of craps. Can you do it more than your opponents?

8. ON THE HOP CHAMPIONSHIP: The number will be called a certain way – but can you hit it?

9. IN THE FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP: Can you hit those 16 Field Numbers more than the other contestants?

10. THE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (Sunday, July 23, 2006): The winners and first runners-up of all the contests will compete in a Golden Touch Craps tournament of champions. The 18 best from the above contests go against each other to see who is the Champion of Champions!

Make your reservations early for the greatest craps event of all time! Las Vegas, July 22 and 23 in 2006


See the World’s Greatest Dice Controllers go head-to-head!

You’ve seen them on television, now watch them live!

Dominator vs. Billy the Kid in The Come-Out Challenge
Howard "Rock ‘n Roller" vs. Jerry "Stickman" in The Hardway Challenge
Street Dog vs. Satch in The Crapshooter Challenge
Tenpin vs. Pit Boss in The 6 & 8 Challenge
Mr. Finesse vs. No Field Five in The 4 & 10 Challenge
Henry Tamburin vs. Wordslayer in The No-Sevens Challenge
Bill Burton vs. Doc Holliday in Make Your Point Challenge
Dominator vs. Howard "Rock ‘n Roller" in On-the-Hop Challenge
Stickman vs. Billy the Kid In-the-Field Challenge


The Real Dominator vs. The Television Dominator (Barry Sigismondi)

All tournament events and matches subject to change without notice.

Sign Up Now! Call "Fred" at 1-800-944-0406

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You can read about the Golden Touch World records, including the Captain’s 147-roll hand at Want to learn dice control from the masters? Get a copy of The Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution! by Frank Scoblete and Dominator.

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We’ve decided since many of our Golden Touch Craps dice controllers are now Speed Counters subscribing to this site, we are going to give a quick rundown of the craps games as well. We haven’t played in all the casinos in AC so we would appreciate it if you could email Frank with the table minimums, the odds bets, and anything else you think we might want to use (table lengths very helpful – if you just say "big" we will assume 14-feet as they are at Borgata). If you send us info we will give you a free month on our members-only board. Email address is

All the ratings of casinos are based on the blackjack games.


If you’re going to play blackjack, why not play with an advantage? Golden Touch Blackjack will give you the easiest method for getting an advantage at the game. You’ll learn it in 10 minutes, practice for two days, and be able to go into the casino and have a verifiable edge! Learn Speed Count and the new optimum basic strategy in this class. Go to Call 1-800-944-0406 to sign up or for more information.



Here are our ratings for February 2006.

Rating system:

***** = Excellent

**** = Very Good

*** = Good

** = Fair

* = Poor.


BALLY’S PARK PLACE: No change from last issue. No mid-shoe entry in high roller room and on a few of the main $50 tables in casino, otherwise you can usually Wong here if you wish. Mixed reviews about how deep the penetration is. For craps players, this is a good casino for the game. There is one 5X odds table, usually a $25 minimum; the rest are 2X odds. Crews are friendly. Tables are somewhat high so short shooters get your platform shoes. There are many more carnival games than ever before. Looks like Three-Card Poker rivals blackjack!

Three stars: * * *

BORGATA: This hotel-casino has brought the youth crowd to Atlantic City and the place seems to be hopping 24 hours a day. And Borgata is still one of the two best blackjack houses in Atlantic City. Penetration on all the 6-deck games varies between 75 and 85 percent so you can get some good games here. Craps has long tables, 14-footers, and very bouncy, although there is talk of two smaller tables - somewhere. There is always at least one $5 game available. Great casino for Golden Touch Blackjack.

Four Stars: * * * *

CAESARS: No change since last issue. Excellent restaurants. Cheerful place and worthy of the name it bears. Hotel/casino rating is A. They are going deeper. You can expect about 80 percent penetration with most of the dealers. The main floor of eight-deckers has some of the upper-limit tables ($25 and $50) with no mid-shoe entry. All the games in the high roller pit are also no mid-shoe entry with $100 minimums. Table game action has improved and that is very noticeable in the blackjack pits – which are all 8-deck games. Six-deck games in high roller room have 80 percent penetration, as do the eight-deckers on the main casino floor. Good casino for Golden Touch Blackjack. The craps games here are good with 12-foot tables and friendly crews. The tables are a little high so smaller controlled shooters should wear their "special shoes."

Three and a half stars: * * * ½ *

CLARIDGE: This was once the Captain’s favorite casino in Atlantic City and it was once ours as well. Maybe it will recapture its glory days again? Blackjack games have about 70 percent penetration. The rumor is that the casino is going to be closed so those glory days might not be coming back.

One Star: *

HARRAH’S: No change from last issue. Harrah’s knows how to treat its customer base and it shows. Excellent property, good rooms, good views, good staff in all areas. As a corporation Harrah’s is doing something right! Harrah’s has maintained a great corporate image and deservedly so. Hotel/casino rating is A. In the casino you will find very friendly dealers and pit personnel. Penetration now ranges in the 75 percent area. Resplitting allowed except aces. No midshoe entry. High roller room is 6-deck action, the rest of the casino was 8-decks. Play here and at Showboat and your play counts all across the nation. For those of you who like to go to Vegas you can get some good comps from your AC action in the desert! A room that would be discounted for $80 in AC would be free in Vegas based on the same play – this is not official but based on our calculations of the offers we’ve received. Good casino for Golden Touch Blackjack. Friendly crews and decent tables at craps. We haven’t played there but reports are good. But we must warn you, this is a big slot place too.

Three Stars: * * *

HILTON: The blackjack games here are getting good reports from some of our correspondents but you must pick the game based on the dealer because the penetration is dealer dependent. Resplitting allowed except aces. High roller room is 6-decks, rest of the casino is 8-decks with a few $25/$50 6-deckers on occasion. No mid-shoe entry on the six-deckers. High table minimums, especially on weekends, a lot of $25 tables, rare $10 tables. Penetration about 75 percent, sometimes up to 80 percent. Good casino for Golden Touch Blackjack. For craps, we are dealing with 14-foot tables and a couple of 12 footers. Casino is dark. This place needs a buffing.

Three Stars and a half stars: * * * ½ *


RESORTS: Some contradictory reports on this place but we found it to be the same as last issue. Resplitting is allowed at all tables. Casino also offers multiple-action blackjack and Spanish 21 at $10 minimums. But Resorts has brought in those single-deck zombie-fied blackjack games too. Avoid the single-deckers. Good casino for Golden Touch Blackjack. Excellent place for craps. Mostly small tables, with some games 5X odds. Last we were there, the high roller room had two 10-foot craps tables that were open on the weekend.

Three Stars: * * *

SANDS: Will the Sands be closed? It is bleeding money and is the only AC casino to take a beating in 2005. Right next-door to the Claridge and connected by a walkway, the Sands has many different carpets on the first floor which is indicative of the many faces this place has had over the years. Some people still like this place. We don’t. Blackjack games are typical of the lower level of Atlantic City – about 70 percent penetration. Loud music on the first floor makes this place unbearable.

One Star: *

SHOWBOAT: No change from last issue. The table game area has shrunk considerably. Good casino-hotel. Excellent blackjack in high roller room and sometimes the game is just $25 minimums. The penetration is about 80 percent now. A game worth looking at. Rooms are all full-sized and spacious; suites are great. Hotel/casino rating is A. Resplitting now allowed up to three hands. No mid-shoe entry. Eight-deck games have 80 percent penetration and allow mid-shoe entry, although there are not that many tables available. We remember when this place had great table-game action. Can now find $25 games in high roller room at those very good 6-deck games. You can get great deals in other venues by using your card, as it’s a part of the Harrah’s Total Rewards program. Good casino for Golden Touch Blackjack. Craps is fine here too. All the tables are now 12 footers. There are 5X odds on all tables.

Three and a half stars: * * * ½ *

TROPICANA: The biggest moneymaker in AC. Hotel/casino rating is A. Blackjack games have actually improved here. The main floor now has 6-deckers with mid-shoe entry allowed on almost all of them. High roller room is 6-decks with no mid-shoe entry. Penetration is about 75 percent on all games. Big improvement here in all areas of play. Craps tables are 12-footers. Good casino for Golden Touch Blackjack.

Three Stars and a half stars: * * * ½ *

TRUMP MARINA: No change from last issue. Six-deck games in high roller room and 8-deck games on the main floor have penetration of 70-75 percent mark, but you won’t find any dealers going much deeper. Games are mostly $15/$25 and up, especially on weekends. No mid-shoe entry on the 6-deckers but you can jump in and out on the eight-deckers. Craps tables are 12-footers with 2X odds. Haven’t played here in years.

Two Stars: * *

TRUMP PLAZA: Some of our Golden Touch craps players love this place and think we are too hard on it. There’s a multi-million dollar renovation going on to make this a prize casino-hotel again. The 8-deck games have penetration at 75 percent, depending on the dealer. No midshoe entry on eight-deck games outside high-roller pit but you can find $25 (a few) to $50 minimums on these. Allows resplits, except aces. Most eight-deck tables are $10 and higher. High roller room is 6-deck games. Craps tables are 12-footers. Very friendly crews. Good casino for Golden Touch Blackjack.

Three stars: * * *

TRUMP TAJ MAHAL: It has the best casino and the best hotel too. Rooms are all clean and well attended; the building and casino are light and spacious. The staff in all areas is terrific. This is the place to stay. Hotel/casino rating is A+. Despite the fact that they have brought in those 6/5 single-deckers, this place is now tied #1 for blackjack (with Borgata) in Atlantic City as well. We are becoming patrons of the Taj because their dealers and crews are so friendly and professional. Good game with 75-80 percent penetration (even saw some 85 percenters!), dealer dependent. You can find 6-deck games with $25 minimums right outside the high roller room. In the high roller room all games have $100 minimums. Excellent casino for Golden Touch Blackjack. This is the best casino for craps in AC as well. All 5-X odds tables and one 20X odds table. The crews have been universally pleasant. Tables are all 12-footers. In our estimation, this is the number one craps and blackjack casino in Atlantic City.

Four Stars: * * * *

WILD, WILD WEST: No change from last issue. All 8-deck games. This is a part of Bally’s Park Place. Penetration is about 75-80 percent on all games. Good place for Golden Touch Blackjack. For craps this is a fun place to play with one 5X odds table. Crews are very friendly.

Three Stars: * * *


The Best Craps in Atlantic City: Taj Mahal

The Best Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City: Taj Mahal





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