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BJI Newsletter, June 2013, #161

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A WORD FROM HENRY

We begin this issue of BJI with an excellent report by JPB that summarizes the double-deck playing conditions in the casinos located on the Las Vegas Strip. We've analyzed and written about how Don Johnson won millions from Atlantic City casinos by taking advantage of their loss-rebate programs (BJI issues #138 and #139). This month, Eliot Jacobson will present his analysis of Johnson's coup and the man himself. We've got detailed reports on blackjack playing conditions from three casinos in Las Vegas ( Rampart, Suncoast, and Red Rock by Stu D. Hoss), several casinos located in North Lake Tahoe (by KC Brooks), and all the Atlantic City casinos (by Frank Scoblete, including his speculation of where all the card counting teams have gone). Dan Pronovost explains how you can use software programs as training tools to help you become a better player. John Grochowski answers questions about the procedures that casinos use when dealers make a "dealing" mistake, the house edge on different video roulette games, and the best way to use your free play (excellent advice, which I use when I accummulate free play from playing video poker). Speaking of video poker, if you want learn about variance and how it affects your play, read my article. Last, but not least, we have a summary of major blackjack tournaments across the U.S., courtesy of blackjacktournaments.com.

Note: Send us your feedback on playing conditions (good and bad) that you observe when you play blackjack and we'll publish them in the BJI in our new Reader's Feedback on Playing Conditions section. Send to: HTamburin@aol.com.

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: STRICTLY DOUBLE-DECK GAMES - PART 1 (VEGAS STRIP) by JPB

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    UNDERSTANDING VARIANCE WHEN YOU PLAY VIDEO POKER by Henry Tamburin

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