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BJI Newsletter, July 2015, #186

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A WORD FROM HENRY

I will be teaching a Golden Touch Blackjack class featuring Speed Count on Friday, Sept. 18th in Las Vegas. Speed Count is the easiest method that recreational blackjack players can use to get the edge over the casinos at blackjack. BJI subscribers receive a $100 discount off the tuition for the class if they register by July 10th and they receive a copy of the Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution book (featuring Speed), a CD that you can pop in your Windows computer to practice the Speed Count and the Optimum Basic Playing strategy, and the Golden Touch Blackjack DVD ($154 total value). You can go to www.goldentouchblackjack.com for more details on the class; however, to receive the $100 discount you must call me to register by July 10th at 1-888-354-3234.

This month we have several blackjack conditions and trip reports containing tips on where you'll find some good blackjack games. They include the Las Vegas reports encompassing the Hard Rock and Silver Sevens casinos (by KC Brooks), and Arizona Charlie's (on Decatur) and Red Rock casinos (by Stu D. Hoss). In addition, be sure to read JPBs Kansas City Trip Report for tips on where to find some great double-deck games in that area. Everybody hopes to get lucky when they gamble and enjoy winning streaks and we have two articles that address these points: Paul Wilson's personal account of his recent winning streak and Eliot Jacobson's analysis of "luck". (These are two great articles ... don't miss reading them). Mark Gruetze talks about how blackjack is steadily losing ground in casinos as gamblers turn to 'specialty' games, which are not best for players. If you let someone else use your player's card or you use someone else's player's card when you gamble, you definitely need to read the article by attorney Robert Loeb on the risks of doing so (you won't find this information anywhere else). Jerry Stickman (and I) have the same beliefs when it comes to using video poker training software; namely, you should use the software to check your playing accuracy and ultimately improve it. Read what Jerry has to say about this important topic in his article on the Value of Practice. John Grochowski answers several interesting questions dealing with Class II and III video poker and slot machines (you should know the differences); taxes on a big win at electronic roulette; and blackjack games that pay even money (no kidding). Last, but not least, we have a roundup of upcoming blackjack tournaments (some very good) courtesy of blackjacktournaments.com.

Enjoy the issue!

Henry Tamburin
Editor

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In the Article Spotlight
THE HISTORY OF SPEED COUNT by Dan Pronovost

This article (which appeared in BJI 78) was written by Dan Pronovost, the developer of Speed Count. It contains an introduction to Speed Count, a brief story of its development, and why it's the easiest proven method for average players to use to get a positive edge in blackjack. Great primer on Speed Count.


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Henry Tamburin will be teaching a Speed Count Blackjack class in Las Vegas on Sept. 18th. BJI subscribers receive a $100 discount off the tuition if they register by July 10th. For details on the class, go to www.goldentouchblackjack.com. However, to obtain the $100 discount, you must call Henry at 1-888-353-3234 by July 10th. (Students that sign up for this class also receive a book, CD, and DVD worth $154).


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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: ARIZONA CHARLIE'S AND RED ROCK CASINOS by Stu D. Hoss

"Both properties reviewed this month are very different versions of the local casino genre. I found surprises at each. Let's begin..."

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LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: HARD ROCK AND SILVER SEVENS CASINOS by KC Brooks

"This month I hit two off-Strip properties: Silver Sevens and Hard Rock. I found some decent blackjack games at both properties. Here's what else I discovered..."

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KANSAS CITY TRIP REPORT by JPB

"In this trip report, I cover three of the four Kansas City, Missouri casinos: Ameristar, Isle of Capri, and Harrah's plus the Hollywood casino located in Kansas City, Kansas. I discovered several good blackjack games that include..."

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PAUL'S POINTERS: ANATOMY OF A WINNING STREAK by Paul Wilson

"This month I'm going to talk about winning streaks. In the process I'm going to share a true story of my recent personal-best winning streak that included..."

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GETTING LUCKY AT BLACKJACK by Eliot Jacobson, Ph.D.

"In this article, I am going to consider the question of how long an average blackjack player can beat the house purely by luck..."

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"SPECIALTY" GAMES OVERTAKING BLACKJACK by Mark Gruetze

"Blackjack is steadily losing ground in casinos as gamblers turn to 'specialty' games that offer a shot at a big score but carry a higher house advantage. According to specialty games developer Roger Snow..."

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DANGERS OF USING ANOTHER PLAYER'S PLAYERS CARD by Robert Loeb

"As advantage players turn to new ways to maximize their wins and at the same time remain welcome patrons of casinos, many have turned to comps to supplement their play. The use of players cards and the redemption of comps have raised numerous and somewhat complicated legal issues such as..."

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STICKMAN'S STANCE: THE VALUE OF PRACTICE by Jerry "Stickman"

"Arnold Palmer once quipped, 'It's a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.' There is a whole lot of truth to what he said..."

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CASINO ANSWER MAN by John Grochowski

"John Grochowski answers readers' questions dealing with differences between Class II and III slot and video poker machines; taxes on winnings from electronic roulette games; and blackjack games that pay even money on a blackjack..."

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