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BJI Newsletter, Oct. 2006, #81


Welcome to our newest BJI writers: Walker, who explains how he took advantage of a casino promotion to the tune of $39K, and Street Dog, who gives the run down on blackjack conditions in several Michigan casinos. Elimination Blackjack is hot thanks to the airing on of the first season of the UBT on CBS. LV Tournament Pro reports on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour that was recently held in Aruba and Kenneth Smith explains the basics of Elimination Blackjack. Russ Hamilton, Anthony Curtis, John Ressman, Stanford Wong - watch out, cause Mr. Sammy Vaughn has some tales to tell about you guys. Is Dan Pronovost, the developer of Speed Count, serious when he says, " Card Counting is Boring" - read his article to find out what he means. Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone provide the latest update from Atlantic City, and the Queen of Comps, Jean Scott, and author of the new book, Frugal Video Poker, offers tips to blackjack players on how we can avoid those pesky and annoying casino distractions when playing video poker. I review the new tournament blackjack site, and Bill Burton reviews the latest upgrade to the best-selling Poker Drill Master software program. Lastly we have a summary of major blackjack tournaments in October courtesy of

Elimination Blackjack is the rage thanks to the airing of the Ultimate Blackjack Tour on CBS (Saturdays, 2:00 pm ET on CBS). Go read Ken Smith's article in this issue of BJI to learn the basics of elimination blackjack and then if you want to play for free or for money, simply click here to visit their sponsor site, and give it a try. You'll also have a chance to win airfare, accommodation, and the $2,700 buy-in and entry fee to the Bet21 St. Kitts Classic UBT Tour Championship. You'll also find many blackjack and poker stars playing on (including many BJI contributor writers). I'm playing as HTamburin; see you there.

The October issue of Casino Player magazine features two articles by me: The Top 10 Blackjack Questions and Craps 101 (you can subscribe to Casino Player at our special, negotiated 10% BJI discount - click here for details).

The next Golden Touch Blackjack course featuring Speed Count will be held in Las Vegas on Oct. 21 and 22. Besides learning Speed Count and the corresponding Optimum Basic Strategy in our simulated casino, you will also learn the important concepts of money management, bankroll, risk-of-ruin, game evaluation, camouflage, and comps. Students will receive a copy of Frank Scoblete's new book, Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution, which also contains a free software limited version training CD. This is an intense, hands-on, two-day course taught by me and Frank Scoblete that will convert you from a gambler to an advantage player using the incredibly easy, Speed Count. For details on the course, or to reserve your spot, call our toll-free number 1-800-944-0406 (Note: Limited # of students - if you are interested in attending call now). Or, visit the web site for details:

Reminder: The second annual Halloween Blackjack Ball (HBB) will take place in Las Vegas on October 28th (my wife and I attended last years HBB and it was a blast). You'll get to test your card counting, shuffling tracking and hole carding skills against some of the world's best players and authorities. BJI subscribers are invited. Click here for details:

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    "The UBT held three major tournaments in six days plus close to one hundred (no, that’s not a typo) Sit & Go Tournaments with entry fees starting at $120 to $1,000 per table. In addition to the main event (more about this in a moment), there were two $500 entry fee tournaments that attracted 134 players between them and created a prize pool of $67,000 for these two events. It was a dream week for tournament players..."

    Read Tournament Pro's complete article.


    "By now, I hope you've tried your hand at the newest format for blackjack tournaments, Elimination Blackjack. If you've played a few rounds of this game, you'll know exactly what I mean when I say that a few changes in the rules throw a big monkey wrench into the gears of traditional tournament strategy..."

    Read Smith's complete article.


    "Frequently, taking advantage of a casino promotion is a pretty simple matter. Match play coupons, multiple point days, and bonus payouts are common enough and usually do not require a lot of planning. There are other times, however, when some creativity is needed. Such an occasion arose for me recently at a Gulf Coast casino..."

    Read Walker's complete article.

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    "Card counting is boring. There, I said it. Shock! Dismay! The horror! How can a seasoned blackjack player and provider of blackjack training software say such a thing! Is the inventor of Speed Count saying we should give up on card counting at blackjack?..."

    Read Pronovost's complete article.

    LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT (Sept.) by Barfarkel

    "I played for only thirty minutes. I had a head's-up game, and then one other player joined. The key hand was a blackjack on an $80 bet in a mildly high count. I got two chances to bet the Lucky Ladies - both of which were losers. However, I won $300 to start the trip off on a positive note..."

    Read Barfarkel's complete article.

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    "Let's start with a riddle. Why is Blackjack in the Detroit casinos like the Detroit Lions Football team? Answer:..."

    Read Street Dog's complete article.

    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete

    "The rumors are false. We've received letters asking us if surrender has made a comeback in Atlantic City. The answer is no. At least as of October 1st, 2006, there is no surrender in Atlantic City. However, as you high rollers know, sometimes you can arrange to have surrender at your table if you make a deal with the casino beforehand..."

    Read Scoblete and Paone's complete article.

    Poker Drill Master for Windows


    "Now that I have possibly alienated two of the most important people in our tournament world, I really hope, Dear Readers, that you don't avoid me out of fear that I might tattle-tale on you. Just remember that I might have your sordid past somewhere in my memory..."

    Read Vaughn's complete article.


    "A casino is one of the most distracting places on earth: flashing lights to produce migraines, heavy smoke to swell sinuses, a roaring background so you can't hear yourself think. Then, to top it all off, half-naked beauties continually tempt you with mind-altering liquids. Playing accurate VP strategy in such an atmosphere is a real challenge..."

    Read Scott's complete article.


    "What do you do after you design a great software program? Do you sit back and collect the orders that come in or do you strive to make it better. DeepNet Technologies chose the latter option and has introduced an improved version of Poker Drill Master..."

    Read Burton's complete article.


    " offers several different blackjack tournaments. You'll find Sit and Go tournaments, Matchplay Tournaments, and regularly scheduled cash tournaments. You can also play unlimited tournaments for free or simply watch a tournament in progress. You can even play against a robot - just like I did!..."

    Read Tamburin's complete article.


    Check out the schedule of blackjack tournaments by region in our Blackjack Tournament Report.

    Read our tournament schedule.

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