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BJI Newsletter, October, #129

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A WORD FROM HENRY

There are a few spots left in the hands-on Golden Touch Blackjack course, which I'll be teaching the weekend of Oct. 23 & 24 in Las Vegas. See below for details.

Many blackjack players play video poker (including me) because you can make money playing video poker like you can playing blackjack. One area of video poker that has been very lucrative for a relatively small group of smart players is progressive video poker games. The reason is that not much has been written about the techniques used by the pros to win money playing the progressive machines. That's about to change. This month we welcome Frank Kneeland, author of the new book The Secret World of Video Poker Progressives, who will be writing an exclusive series of articles in the BJI on how to beat the video progressive games. In his first article, Kneeland introduces himself and summarizes what he'll be covering in these articles. In addition, Vinny DeCarlo looks at what it would be like if you owned a casino and had to deal with advantage players. Basil Nestor makes an interesting point about how being a "gracious gambler" can help you get the edge when you play blackjack. John Grochowski answers several questions from blackjack players including the counter's camouflage play of standing on 16 against a 10, and the hunch bettor wrecking the game for others. JPB visited three casinos in Albuquerque, NM and reports on the blackjacks conditions (with one casino getting an A rating). Frank Scoblete writes about the rapid decline of business in Atlantic City and rates the blackjack playing conditions in the casinos there. Alan Krigman analyses the Lucky Ladies side bet often found on blackjack tables (you may be surprised at his results). On the tournament front, we have two excellent articles. The first is by Ken Smith, who describes his experience in a recent tournament in the Midwest. The second article by Monkeysytem discusses a player's decision-making process in tournament play. Bill Burton explains what "outs" means in poker with some excellent examples. Last, but not least, we have a run down of the upcoming major blackjack tournaments in October and November in the U.S.A.

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