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BJI Newsletter, April 2013, #159

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A WORD FROM HENRY

Note: We've added a great new product to our online store, BJI contributing writer Kenneth Smith's new Advanced Strategy Cards For Card Counters. If you are a card counter, or thinking of becoming one, you need to read Ken's article in this issue (and next month) for the details on what these new strategy cards entail, and how to use them on the tables (or for practicing card counting at home). Ken spent the better part of two months developing the index numbers for the cards. (Trust me, you won't find a more accurate set of indices based on the playing rules and the number of the decks, anywhere.) These cards are a winner and we have them on sale!

This month's issue of BJI also includes Part 2 of my 2013 Blackjack Ball report with the answers to the written test (check how many you answered correctly), as well as a summary of the card-counting competition, and the name of the pro who won the coveted Grosjean Cup. In addition, we have an article written by Loudon Ofton, a relatively new card counter, about his experience attending the Blackjack Ball. We have several blackjack reports this month, including the four Las Vegas downtown casinos Golden Nugget, Main Street Station, Plaza, and the Vegas Club (by KC Brooks); the Fiesta Henderson, Green Valley Ranch, and M casinos located south of the Strip (by Stu D. Hoss); a Tunica Trip report (by Mark Gruetze); and a detailed and entertaining one-day odyssey to every casino in Atlantic City (by Frank Scoblete). We also have an excerpt from Nathaniel Tilton's excellent book, The Blackjack Life, which details a team trip to Foxwoods casino in Connecticut. Basil Nestor explains why third base has an extra advantage over first base for a reason you may not have thought about. Last, but not least, we have the schedule of several upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of blackjacktournaments.com. (More tournaments than there has been recently.)

Reader's Feedback on Playing Conditions

Beginning with this issue, we are going to publish comments we receive from readers about good (and not so good) playing conditions that they have observed or experienced in casinos. (Please email your comments to HTamburin@aol.com.)

T.L. visited the Casino Queen in East St. Louis and reported that, in many ways, he never liked this casino because the dealers are not very friendly and worst of all, the penetration was "terrible." (Close to half of a six-deck shoe was cut off.) However, on a recent visit, the dealers were still not very friendly, but the penetration had suddenly improved. (Some time within the past 60 days). The pen varies by dealer, but only 1 - 1 1/2 decks are now cut off. ("I checked this on multiple tables, and the better conditions appear at all the tables. So...something has changed.")

Henry Tamburin
Editor

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This set of 12 strategy cards contains not only an accurate basic strategy but also accurate indices for the Hi Lo counting system. This an excellent tool for anyone thinking about becoming a card counter (use the cards to learn the index numbers), and for current card counters, who want accurate indices based on the number of decks and the playing rules (you'll have the index numbers at your fingertips when you play). You can read about these new strategy cards in the article by Ken Smith in this issue of BJI. We've added these new strategy cards to our BJI online store and discounted them. This is a "must have product" for serious blackjack players.

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In the Article Spotlight
BET SPREADING AND PLAYING TWO HANDS By Fred Renzey

This article by Fred Renzey appeared in issue #77 and it offers practical advice for card counters on what bet spreads to use for multi- and single/double deck-games with tips on when to play two spots.

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.

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