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BJI Newsletter, October, #117

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A WORD FROM HENRY

Have you ever wanted to see some of the famous cheating devices used by casino cheaters whole stole millions of dollars from casino coiffeurs? Check out Vinny DeCarlo's article for some great photos and text on what DeCarlo describes as his "favorite cheating devices." On a somber note, Ralph Stricker recounts "the darkest days of his life" and what transpired to him personally, that to this day, "words cannot express how I felt." We've all felt good when we see the dealer showing a 5 (or 6) upcard, right? But, according to Alan Krigman, our exuberance might be a bit too premature. Is Atlantic City dying a slow death? Frank Scoblete offers his views on this hot topic and also provides the latest news on playing conditions there. Frank also has a great beginner's article on sports betting, giving all the details of how to get into this lucrative advantage gambling sector. If you are planning a trip to Vegas, Joe Pane has summarized a package of deals on dining, gambling, and a show that will save you money. Kenneth Smith continues his series on accumulation blackjack tournaments with some excellent advice on how to set your bankroll target for these events. LVBear growls about casinos that think false imprisonment and extortion are OK, and others who fix prices in their sport books, and, surprisingly, he doled out some praises to the Nevada Gaming Board and to the Oklahoma Supreme Court (no kidding). Poker pro Bill Burton offers some great advice on bluffing in Texas Hold'em Poker, and last, but not least, we have our summary of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of blackjacktournaments.com.

The Part 5 article on Shuffle Tracking by Mark Billings, which was scheduled to be in this issue, will instead appear in the November issue of BJI.

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