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BJI Newsletter, August 2012, #151

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A WORD FROM HENRY

Vinny DeCarlo continues his series on casino scams with a true story about a boxman who was working the craps tables in a large casino in Las Vegas. What he tried to get away with using his watch, well, you'll see when you read Vinny's story. If you need a laugh, read what happened to Frank Scoblete on his recent flight from Vegas to New York (funny!). Colin offers some great tips to card counters to increase their profits. On the counting and comps front, Basil Nestor gives you tips on how you can do both at the same time. We have several casino and blackjack reports that include Orleans and Palms in Las Vegas (KC Brooks); Margaritaville (Biloxi) (Stu D. Hoss); and all the casinos in Atlantic City (Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone). John Grochowski answers reader's questions on the lack of s17 games in Tunica, IGT's dominance in the video poker market, and the pros and cons of video roulette. If you've ever switched video poker machines when things aren't going well, you need to read Frank Kneeland's article. If you want to learn about all the features in the Video Poker For Winners software program, read my review. Last, but not least, we have a schedule of upcoming major blackjack tournaments, courtesy of www.blackjacktournaments.com.

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In the Article Spotlight
From the Inside by The Suit

The Spotlight article this month appeared in issue #59 of BJI. The Suit, a former casino floor supervisor and shift manager, has tapped out some of the best advantage players in the world. In his article, he offers tips to card counters to avoid getting the dreaded "Tap on the Shoulder." Click here to read the article.

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    WATCH THE WATCHES by Vinny DeCarlo

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: ORLEANS AND PALMS by KC Brooks

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    BLACKJACK REPORT: ONEIDA CASINO IN GREENBAY, WI by Stu D. Hoss

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    MARGARITAVILLE (BILOXI) CASINO REPORT by Riverboat Flyer

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    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone

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    CASINO ANSWER MAN by John Grochowski

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    THE LUCKY UNDERWEAR PHENOMENA by Frank Kneeland

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    VIDEO POKER FOR WINNERS REVIEW by Henry Tamburin

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