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BJI Newsletter, October 2012, #153

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A WORD FROM HENRY

This month's issue begins with an interview I did with Colin Jones, the former manager of a highly successful blackjack team. Nathaniel Tilton describes the Grifter's Gambit method of disguising your betting while you are counting. Vinny DeCarlo continues his series on cheaters, this time describing how he caught an employee cheating while working in a Strip casino's buffet. We have two Las Vegas reports. One covers the Pallazo, Venetian, and Imperial Palace casinos (by KC Brooks), and the other on Harrah's, Golden Nugget, and Bellagio (by Stu D. Hoss). We also have an excellent trip report by JPB, covering his recent trip to several casinos in Minneapolis. Frank Scoblete will bring you up-to-date on the Golden Nugget's un-shuffled cards fiasco as well as providing the latest blackjack playing conditions in A.C. You also must read Basil Nestor's article on tips for handling a tilt (great advice for players who have been there and done that). Frank Kneeland continues his series on the history of video poker training software for players. Last, but not least, we have the schedule of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of blackjacktournaments.com.

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In the Article Spotlight
INVERSE HAND SPREADING/THE GRIFTER'S GAMBIT by Dan Pronovost

The Spotlight article this month appeared in issue #53 of BJI. Read more details of the Grifter's Gambit mentioned in Nathaniel Tilton's article this month. The analysis of this inverse betting technique was done by Dan Pronovost. Click here to read the article.

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    INTERVIEW WITH BLACKJACK TEAM MANAGER COLIN JONES by Henry Tamburin

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    INCORPORATING "GRIFTER'S GAMBIT" INTO SMALL TEAM PLAY by Nathaniel Tilton

    "In an effort to gather more ideas for incorporating strategies into small team play, I picked up a copy of the book Blackjack Essays by Mason Malmuth. The book explains Consolidated Betting (later renamed Grifter's Gambit). I see this as another technique for small-team play..."

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    THE BITCH OF THE BUFFETS by Vinny DeCarlo

    "This incident occurred roughly six or seven years ago. I was working in surveillance for a Strip casino in Las Vegas when my boss asked me to figure out why their buffet was 'losing money'..."

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: PALAZZO, VENETIAN, and IMPERIAL PALACE by KC Brooks

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: HARRAH'S, GOLDEN NUGGET, and BELLAGIO by Stu D. Hoss

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    MINNEAPOLIS TRIP REPORT by JPB

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    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone

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    TIPS FOR HANDLING A TILT: FIVE WAYS TO AVOID BLOWING A BANKROLL by Basil Nestor

    "It's slipping away... You can see it, and everyone else can see it, too. Embarrassing. The big tall stack of chips you had an hour ago is blunted and quickly shriveling. You have a beautiful pair of queens, but they go down in foul regicide when the dealer has a 6-5 that draws a jack for 21. Then you get another 20 but it pushes. Next comes a promising 7-4. You double down and draw an anemic 2; the dealer wins the hand with a 17. Nasty. And then the coup de grace..."

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    THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO-Part 2 by Frank Kneeland

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