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BJI Newsletter, June 2008, #101

A WORD FROM HENRY

BJI 100th issue

Many BJI subscribers sent us congratulatory emails on the publication of our 100th issue. Others were complimentary on the issue itself, which contained articles written by some of the best players/authors around. If you haven't read our special 100th issue, click here. In any event, we thank you and look forward to publishing many more issues of the BJI. (PS: Please continue to spread the word about the BJI to your friends so we can continue to grow).

We kick off our June issue with an interview with John Chang (aka Mickey Rosa), who was the leader of the famous MIT blackjack team (provided by Joe Pane). Speaking of the MIT Team, the movie "21" portrays card counting as all glitz and glamour; however, blackjack pro and author Fred Renzey tells it like it really is in his article, So You Wanna' Be a Card Counter?. The Super Sevens side bet on blackjack tables looks very tempting. But you better read Alan Krigman's article before you make the bet. Ken Smith has a basic strategy surprise; namely, there is one hand that is misplayed 59 percent of the time by basic strategy players. Read Smith's article for the details. If you want to read about the history of card counting, read Barfarkel's and Zengrifter's well-researched article. There seems to be some change afoot in the rules for blackjack in Atlantic City, and Alene and Frank Scoblete cover them in their AC Blackjack Report (including a jab at the new no-smoking ban). One of the most gut-wrenching hands that you can get in blackjack tournaments is the dreaded 17. The Babe explains what happened to him when he was dealt a 17 in a tournament with Anthony Curtis on his table. Sammy Vaughn reminisces about one of his ole tournament colleagues in his delightful article, A Most Eccentric Player. Did you know that they made a major change in the World Series of Poker that is being played in Las Vegas right now? Read Bill Burton's article on what it is, and why he doesn't like it. Last, but not least, we've got a summary of major blackjack tournaments being held in June and July across the country courtesy of blackjacktournaments.com.

On Friday evening, June 13, from 8-10pm (EST) the show Vegas Winners and Losers will air on the E! Entertainment Cable Network. Two of the winners that will be featured are BJI contributing writer Frank Scoblete, and his partner Dom LoRiggio. Frank and Dom discuss craps (specifically dice control), and blackjack. Check your local TV listings for the time the show will air in your area.

If you come across an unfamiliar blackjack term in one of our articles or reports, see our Blackjack Glossary: www.bjinsider.com/questions_glossary.shtml

E-mail subscribers can also read each month's issue online at our web site: BJI Issue #101, June 2008.

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Editor

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The new movie 21 shows the glitz and glamour of card counters beating the casinos for millions. But is card counting really all glitz and glamour as portrayed in the movie? Not quite. In fact Barfarkel, a blue-collar, low-stakes counter, offers a real-life look into what it's like to be in the trenches beating the casinos at their own game. His first book, You've Got Heat, was an instant success and sold out. We have republished the book as a downloadable e-book, and also published his second e-book, You've Got Heat Vol 2: Turning Up the Heat. The latter book also contains a unique article written by Barfarkel based on his experiences with the world's oldest profession. According to Barfakel: "As a single man who enjoys a good time, I've availed myself to the occasional pleasures of women of the night in Las Vegas. There are a lot of people who have no idea how one goes about buying the services of a prostitute. Whether they ever want to try it or not, inquiring minds want to know! So here it is... the ins and outs of prostitution in Las Vegas. Pun intended."

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INTERVIEW WITH JOHN CHANG by Joe Pane

"Joe Pane interviews John Chang, also known as Mickey Rosa, leader of the MIT blackjack team..."

Read Pane's complete article.

SO YOU WANNA BE A CARD COUNTER? By Fred Renzey

"Sizing up the shoe with lethal cunning, striking fear into the heart of the pit boss, raking in mountains of chips, guzzling champagne in the whirlpool of your hotel suite - it all sounds so glamorous. That's the image portrayed on TV and in the movies of people who have become successful "card counters" at blackjack. Some of them have won millions of dollars doing it. Many more than that have won a lot less, while working at it harder than their 9-5 job. Still more yet have tried it, failed miserably, and given up..."

Read Renzey's complete article.

SUPER SEVENS SIDE BET by Alan Krigman

"Almost everybody loves jackpot-sized side bets. Bosses like them because these wagers have usurious house advantage, and generate fat profits for the house. Solid citizens like them because they promise, never mind rarely deliver, monster payoffs for what appears to be throw-away dough..."

Read Krigman's complete article.

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BASIC STRATEGY SURPRISES by Kenneth Smith

"Everyone knows that learning basic strategy is the first and most important part of learning to play winning casino blackjack. But what you may not understand is what a strange concept basic strategy really is. There's more to it than you may think. What most people think of as basic strategy is a table using your total hand and the dealer's upcard to show you how to play each specific hand in blackjack..."

Read Smith's complete article.

SHORT HISTORY OF CARD COUNTING and SILVER FOX COUNTING SYSTEM by Barfarkel and Zengrifter

"From the early days of card-counting, some players have been hugely successful, including Lawrence Revere, the inventor of blackjack team play, his protégé, Al Francesco - the man who taught Ken Uston how to count cards, and Tommy Hyland, manager of the longest-running blackjack team in history..."

Read Barfarkel and Zengrifter's complete article.

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ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene and Frank Scoblete

"The time has come to wipe out smoking in the casinos even if it destroys the casino business in Atlantic City. What is more important? People having jobs, or the incredibly overtaxed state of New Jersey having massive tax money from the casinos, or stopping people from killing themselves..."

Read Scoblete's complete article.

YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE by The Babe

"In casino-style blackjack, the 17 is a relatively poor hand and a routine affair, but in tournament play, it can turn into your worst nightmare. This is the story of MY NIGHTMARE..."

Read The Babe's complete article.

A MOST ECCENTRIC PLAYER by Sammy Vaughn

"When I asked him what his job entailed, he showed me. He said to me, "Tell me about your fiscal situation." This was very easy to do since I had it all in my pocket. I took out two tens, four ones, and a five from my left front pocket and put the bills on the table. Gene put a ten and two ones in on pile and the same amount in another pile. He told me to put one stack in my left pocket and the other in my right pocket. He then advised me that my finances were balanced. I then said, "Wait a minute. What about the missing five bucks?" He then advised me that was his fee and that when I got more money he would advise me some more..."

Read Vaughn's complete article.

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ALL ABOUT POKER: IS THE WSOP A POKER EVENT OR IS IT A MEDIA EVENT? by Bill Burton

"The 39th annual WSOP begins on May 30th at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with 55 events scheduled this year. The $10,000 no limit main event will get under way on July 3rd and it's scheduled to be played for 13 days until the field is narrowed down to the nine players making the final table. However, the champion of this year's World Series of Poker main event won't be decided until November (some 117 days later) because of a recent change in format announced by the WSOP..."

Read Burton's complete article.

BLACKJACK TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Check out the schedule of major blackjack tournaments in June and July by region in our Blackjack Tournament Report.

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