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BJI Newsletter, December 2013, #167

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A WORD FROM HENRY

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Our lead article this month is a great one. Joe Pane summarizes in great detail what happened to him at the Palm's casino in Las Vegas after he hit a royal flush (must read). Vinny DeCarlo's rant this month deals with the elimination of the box person at the craps table. We have a blackjack report on the newly opened Downtown Grand Casino in Las Vegas (by Stu D. Hoss), and the second part on the casinos in Laughlin (by KC Brooks). Frank Scoblete writes about his recent visit to several casinos in Atlantic City (it wasn't a flattering report) and he summarizes the current playing conditions in all the casinos. Mark Greutze does a great job summarizing all the side bets you'll find in the casinos in Pennsylvania. On the blackjack tournament front, Monkesystem describes a tournament he played in Iowa, including offering some great tournament playing and betting tips. If you want the skinny on casino hosts, read the excerpt from the book More Frugal Gambling by Jean Scott. Lastly, Jerry "Stickman" provides some excellent strategy for short pay and progressive Double Bonus Poker (video poker). Our blackjack tournament summary will resume next month.

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In the Article Spotlight
INTERVIEW WITH JOHN CHANG (aka Mickey Rosa, MIT Team) by Joe Pane

Read this great interview of Johnny Chang (aka Mika Rosa), who was the manager of the MIT Team, that appeared in issue 101 of the BJI. Chang was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, and he claims to be the basis for the Mickey Rosa character in the book, Bringing Down the House, written by Ben Mezrich. Read more about John Chang by clicking here.

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    LAUGHLIN BLACKJACK REPORT - Part 2 by KC Brooks

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