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BJI Newsletter, July 2013, #162

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A WORD FROM HENRY

Vinny DeCarlo begins a series of new articles that describe bonehead casino promotions (and other stupid ideas). This month he explains a baccarat promotion that nearly cost a casino millions. Eliot Jacobson, Ph.D. reviews the mathematical analysis that he did to prove how Don Johnson was able to beat several Atlantic City casinos out of millions of dollars at blackjack by negotiating a clever rebate-on-loss deal. We have several blackjack trip reports: a review of double-deck games in downtown Las Vegas casinos (JPB); Silver Sevens and Hard Rock casinos in Las Vegas (Stu D. Hoss); Carson City, NV casinos and the Thunder Valley casino in Northern California (KC Brooks); Tunica and Biloxi casinos (Riverboat Flyer); and the Atlantic City casinos (Frank Scoblete). Frank Scoblete also summarizes the different styles of play that casino players use, and he has a link to an excellent promotion at the Revel casino for slot players ($100 or more rebate on losses). Jerry Stickman has begun a new video poker column in BJI and his first article on "the odds of filling a video poker hand" is a good one. Last, but not least, we have a sparse listing of three upcoming blackjack tournaments, courtesy of blackjacktournaments.com.

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Exploiting Casino Promotions by Walker

This article, which appeared in issue #81 of BJI, explains how a professional gambler evaluated a casino promotion to determine if it was worthwhile, and how he exploited the promotion for maximum profit.

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    BONEHEAD CASINO PROMOTIONS AND OTHER STUPID IDEAS by Vinny DeCarlo

    "Remember back in the 1950s when a bored grave shift floor supervisor invented the insurance bet? Well nothing has changed; the casinos are still coming up with great ideas (in principal), some of them going awry, and we'd like to share a few of the latter with you..."

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    DON JOHNSON: HOW HE BEAT BLACKJACK-PART 2 by Eliot Jacobson, Ph.D.

    "When I heard Don Johnson (DJ) speak at the World Game Protection Conference, I expected him to dismiss his blackjack winnings as the result of a little bit of advantage play and a lot of luck. However, after his explanation of how he beat horse racing, there was little doubt about his skill as one of the world's top advantage players..."

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: STRICTLY DOUBLE-DECK GAMES - PART 2 (DOWNTOWN) by JPB

    "The one good thing I can say about downtown is that it is nice to have so many candidate casinos packed into such a small area. Downtown Reno has about eight casinos packed in a small area but they still can't compete with the casinos in downtown Las Vegas. However, the problem with the downtown Vegas casinos is that the playing conditions are generally, with rare exception, horrible..."

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: SILVER SEVENS AND HARD ROCK CASINOS by Stu D. Hoss

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    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank and Alene Scoblete

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    STICKMAN'S STANCE: WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF FILLING THAT VIDEO POKER HAND? by Jerry "Stickman"

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