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BJI Newsletter, January 2015, #180

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A WORD FROM HENRY

We welcome two new BJI contributors, Royalflusher and Zengrifter. Royalflusher will write about his video-poker playing trips to Las Vegas, which are humorous, tongue-in-cheek, and cover much more than just gaming. Zengrifter is a blackjack pro, and this month he'll describe his first trip to the casinos in Blackhawk and Central City, Colorado (you'll read about more winning techniques than card counting in his lively reports). We have two reports on blackjack playing conditions in four Las Vegas casinos: Monte Carlo and NYNY (by KC Brooks), and Palace Station and Stratosphere (by Stu D. Hoss). The second installment of playing on blackjack teams by Frank Scoblete appears in this issue as well as Scoblete's Atlantic City Blackjack Report (with a slightly different format, as well as a special deal on some of his books). Paul Wilson continues his strategy tips with hands that contain aces, this month for soft doubling. Tournament blackjack expert Monkeysystem reviews a Midwest blackjack tournament that he recently played and liked. John Grochowski responds to reader's questions on blackjack side bets; video poker machines where you can specify the cards for your royal flush; and video poker machines that can make it more difficult for skilled players. Last, but not least, Jerry "Stickman" gives a good primer on playing progressive video poker machines.

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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: PALACE STATION AND STRATOSPHERE CASINOS by Stu D. Hoss

"This month I saddled up and visited two casinos in the North Strip area. Despite very different addresses, these two properties have one thing in common, namely, they aren't catering to or looking for high-rollers. One offers significantly better gaming opportunities, while the other has a few more nifty 'bells and whistles.' Let's get started..."

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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: MONTE CARLO AND NEW YORK NEW YORK CASINOS by KC Brooks

"This month I went to the south end of the Strip to check out the gaming action at New York New York and Monte Carlo casinos, both operated by MGM Resorts. This is what I found..."

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BLACKHAWK, CO TRIP REPORT by Zengrifter

"Recently I had the opportunity to spend five weeks in the Denver, CO area on business and I was determined to make a series of first-time visits to the Blackhawk and Central City casino venues located 60 minutes away. I loosely planned to invest 40-60 hours in play during my five-week business trip. Let's get started..."

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ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank Scoblete

"I'm going to give you a couple of experiences with all the closed casinos since I played in almost all of them; and for the casinos that still operate, I'll give my regular report..."

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PAUL'S POINTERS: MORE CRACKIN' ACES: DOUBLE DOWN by Paul Wilson

"If you read my column in last month's Blackjack Insider, you'll recall that I discussed playing some common hands involving Aces and how I'd seen a plethora of player missteps in recent outings. This month I'm going to continue the Aces theme and examine double-down opportunities involving player Aces..."

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PLAYING WITH BLACKJACK TEAMS-PART 2 by Frank Scoblete

"Continuation of an excerpt from Frank Scoblete's new book 'I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage Play Blackjack'..."

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BLACKJACK TOURNAMENT REVIEW: FOUR WINDS CASINO by Monkeysystem

"I like this tournament, and I try to attend as often as possible. Here are the reasons why..."

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CASINO ANSWER MAN by John Grochowski

"John Grochowski answers reader's questions on blackjack side bets; video poker machines that allow you to designate the cards for your own royal flush; and video poker machines that could adjust and get tougher to beat based on the player's skill..."

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LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT: "NO-KICKERS" VIDEO POKER by Royal Flusher

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