ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT – August 2006
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 www.scoblete.com. 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 books areThe Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution and The Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution, co-authored with Dominator, the great dice controller.
Frank Scoblete’s World Craps ChampionshipsTM Sold Out!
By Alene Paone
Frank Scoblete’s World Craps Championships TM brought 167 players from around the country to Las Vegas on the weekend of July 22 and 23 to participate in the first non-casino craps tournaments ever held. There were 10 tournaments spread out over two days – all of them head-to-head matches, based on dice rolling skills, with the winner of each match advancing to the next round. Each tournament had 96 players competing for first, second, and third place trophies and cash prizes.
The first nine tournaments, listed below, crowned the winner as the champion of specific dice throwing results – for example, the No-Sevens Champion was able to roll the longest without a seven appearing. The winners and second place finishers of the nine tournaments were automatically placed in the 10th tournament The World Craps Championship (WCC). In addition, at least 14 other players were selected by lottery to be in the WCC so the final field in the final tournament was made up of 32 players.
The winner of the World Craps Championship tournament was Linda "Lowroller" Mabry – a well-known gambling writer and member of Golden Touch Craps. "I’ve taken the Golden Touch Class five times and I am getting better and better," she said while being interviewed for a Hollywood film being made of the event. The tournaments were also filmed by Time-Warner Television, Swedish Television, and many of the participants.
But the weekend was not just the exciting tournaments. "We had great events in addition to the tournaments," said Dominator, a lead instructor in the Golden Touch Craps dice control seminars. "We had exhibition challenge matches where instructors went against each other head-to head. We had a great Awards Banquet where we gave out the trophies and cash prizes; and also where we gave out special awards called The Goldies to members of Golden Touch who made outstanding contributions to our organization."
Perhaps the comic highlight of the weekend was a special match dubbed "The Spanking Match" that pitted the great dice controller Howard "Rock ‘ Roller" against "The Mystery Guest."
The tournaments crowned individual champions but there were also team championships as well. Teams from Florida to Hawaii competed to see who had the most skillful members. Cleveland won a narrow decision to become the team champion. Each member of the teams had an individual score that was averaged with the other members of the team to come up with a team average for determining who won.
Finally, the "best man" and the "best woman" were also crowned. These were the individuals who beat the most people in the first nine tournaments.
Here are the results of the tournaments and the winners of special awards:
We are in the dog days of summer now and the Atlantic City express became a non-starter for almost one week in July due to a budget fight in New Jersey. That’s right all the casinos were closed because the Casino Control Commission was not considered essential personnel (as are police and fire fighters) and without the control commission the casinos can’t operate. The state lost 1.4 million per day in tax revenue because of the shut down.
But the solution to the problem is the solution politicians always find in all situations where their prior decisions have screwed up everything – they voted in more taxes. We pity the citizens of New Jersey because they are now the most taxed state in the union – at least we think they are when all the taxes are factored in.
The good news is that the casinos did finally open and the gambling-hungry crowds returned.
We are not big "summer fun" in AC people as the heat, the crowds, the Boardwalk bums, and the games just don’t appeal to us. Give us the fall, the winter and the spring. Give us the time when there are few teenagers hanging out on the Boardwalk and on the fringes of the casinos trying to look cool. When the kids go back to school, Atlantic City returns to the way we like it. Yes, there is an abundance of old timers, many of whom remember Atlantic City for the way it was, but there is also something fresh about the air, the ocean, and the sand in the non-summer months.
The games really don’t change much from month to month but we look for little differences.
We Get Letters:
Dear Alene and Frank,
I enjoy your writing and I want to tell you that I just love your new book Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution! I thought you guys were kidding when you said it is the easiest method to play to get an edge. Well you were right. The Speed Count and the Optimum Basic Strategy are just great. I now love playing blackjack because nothing beats playing with an edge.
Keep up the good work.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here are our ratings for August 2006.
***** = Excellent
**** = Very Good
*** = Good
** = Fair
* = Poor.
BALLY’S PARK PLACE: No change from last issue. Bad reports coming in about service here. 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!
Two and one-half stars: * *
BORGATA: Hotel rating is an A. Penetration is pretty good right now. Penetration on all the 6-deck games varies between 75 and 80 percent so you can get some good games here. Reports say that two $5 tables are now opened every day – amazing when you consider how high the AC minimums are going. Craps has long tables, 14-footers, and very bouncy, although there is talk of two smaller tables - somewhere. This is a happening place and caters to a young crowd. Great casino for Golden Touch Blackjack.
Three and one-half stars: * * * ½ *
CAESARS: No change from last issue. Excellent restaurants but you have long walks to find them. 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 stars: * * *
CLARIDGE: Does anyone play here anymore? All the blackjack players tell us they avoid the place.
One Star: *
HARRAH’S: 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. However, Harrah’s properties in Las Vegas are getting very bad reports about how some of the boxmen treat customers who practice a careful shot.
Three Stars: * * *
HILTON: No change from last issue. A place to look at when you are in AC. 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: * * *
RESORTS: Resplitting is allowed at all tables but penetration barely makes it to 75 percent now. Casino also offers multiple-action blackjack and Spanish 21 at $10 minimums. Avoid the single-deckers that pay 6 to 5 for blackjacks. 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.
Two Stars: * *
SANDS: Claridge’s seedy cousin. Walk on by.
One Star: *
SHOWBOAT: No change from last issue. 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 is 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: Hotel/casino rating is A. Blackjack games are now decent and so is the new "Quarter" shopping area. 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 stars: * * * ½ *
TRUMP MARINA: 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: No change from last issue. This place is doing better and better now that it is cleaning its act up. Some of our Golden Touch craps players love this place. There’s a multi-million dollar renovation going on to make this a prize casino-hotel again and it is starting to get back its old glamour. 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: We are patrons of the Taj because their dealers and crews are so friendly and professional but other aspects of the property seem to have fallen down. Good game with 75-80 percent penetration, 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. The crews have been universally pleasant. Tables are all 12-footers. Three 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 percent on all games. Decent place for Golden Touch Blackjack. For craps this is a fun place to play with one 5X odds table and one 2X odds table. I remember when this place had many more tables. Crews are very friendly.
Two and a Half Stars: * * ½ *
THE BEST BLACKJACK IN ATLANTIC CITY: Borgata
The Best Craps in Atlantic City: Taj Mahal
The Best Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City: Borgata and Showboat
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