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BJI Newsletter, December 2014, #179

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A WORD FROM HENRY

We begin our last issue of the year with an interesting story from Vinny DeCarlo on how he went about fixing a serious problem with a casino's surveillance cameras the day before the busiest night of the year. We have two Las Vegas blackjack reports covering playing conditions at the Downtown Grand and the D Las Vegas (by Stu D. Hoss), and the Longhorn, Joker's Wild, and Skyline casinos located on Boulder Highway (by KC Brooks). JPB took a trip to Tunica and reports on the playing conditions he found there in several casinos. If playing hands containing aces sometimes stumps you, Paul's Pointers on Cracking Aces is a must read. We have a two-part series from Frank Scoblete's new book "I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage Play Blackjack" that covers playing with blackjack teams. If you want to stump and amaze your blackjack-playing friends this holiday season, take a peek at my 21 Blackjack Q & A article. John Grochowski answers reader's questions dealing with straight flushes in video poker; strategy advice given by a player while playing blackjack; and throwing five consecutive sevens in craps. If you want to learn how to get the edge at video poker with cashback and bounce back (I do it all the time), check out my article.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Henry Tamburin
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THE NEW YEAR'S EVE THAT ALMOST WASN'T by Vinny DeCarlo

"I was working at a Strip casino and just arrived home for the night when I received a call stating, 'We just took a direct lightning strike! We lost all of our cameras. The room is dark (no power).' I jumped on my bike and made it back to the casino in record time. Here's what happened..."

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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: Downtown Grand and the D Las Vegas by Stu D. Hoss

"With the holiday season just around the corner, I made my way to Fremont Street to visit a couple of properties I had not visited in quite some time. One had not changed much at all, while the other had made some rather significant changes. Read on if you'd like to learn more about the Downtown Grand and the D Las Vegas..."

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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: LONGHORN, JOKER'S WILD, and SKYLINE by KC Brooks

"This month, I finish up my three-part series on the Boulder Highway blackjack action with a review of three small casinos: Longhorn, Skyline and Joker's Wild. Here's what I found..."

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TUNICA TRIP REPORT by JPB

"It had been over two years since my last visit to Tunica. Since then, Harrah's (one of the largest casinos there) had closed. I was starting to wonder if this was the beginning of a steady downturn for the Tunica casino market since they have a lot of casinos for the relatively small Memphis metro area. More importantly, if the overall casino market was deteriorating, I was concerned that the blackjack playing conditions would also deteriorate. Here is what I discovered..."

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PAUL'S POINTERS: CRACKING ACES... WHY THE MYSTERY? by Paul Wilson

"In the past month I've probably seen more combined gross errors in live table play involving Aces than in my entire playing career. So this month we're going to discuss playing hands involving an Ace..."

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PLAYING WITH BLACKJACK TEAMS by Frank Scoblete

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21 BLACKJACK QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS THAT WILL STUMP AND AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS by Henry Tamburin

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CASINO ANSWER MAN by John Grochowski

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VIDEO POKER TIP: GETTING THE EDGE WITH CASHBACK by Henry Tamburin

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