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BJI Newsletter, October 2015, #189

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A WORD FROM HENRY

This month we have several trip reports that include the Plaza and Golden Gate casinos (Las Vegas, by Stu D. Hoss); Palms and Rio casinos (Las Vegas, by KC Brooks); Casino Queen, Hollywood, and Lumiere casinos (St. Louis area, by JPB); and Twin River casino (Rhode Island, by Joe Freda). These reports contain tips on where to find very good blackjack games (great double deck and good six-deck game in downtown Las Vegas and St. Louis area), and also blackjack games not worth your time. Unfortunately, Joe Freda got the dreaded tap on the shoulder at a casino in Rhode island; read his report on the details of what happened. The new blackjack game called "Free Bet Blackjack" is beginning to be offered in casinos across the country. Get the details on this new game in my article in this issue. Mark Gruetze wrote an interesting article on how one casino addressed the issue of a tougher no-smoking regulation (interesting what they did). Paul Wilson offers football handicapping tips in his excellent article ... don't miss reading it if you like to bet on football games (college or pros). On the video poker front, Jerry "Stickman" summarizes the odds of getting monster hands (i.e., high paying) in Jacks or Better, Double Double Bonus, and others). John Grochowski answers reader's questions on why bother learning basic strategy for blackjack when games are getting worse (excellent response); what you should do after your video poker machine hits a big jackpot; and the reason slot machines are proliferating everywhere. Lastly, we have list of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of www.blackjacktournaments.com.

The Speed Count Blackjack class that I taught last month in Las Vegas was a huge success. You can read student comments about the class here.

One final tip. You can view part 2 of my latest educational video on how to become a smarter video poker player by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/F7a3VDml1oI. The video was filmed in Las Vegas by my good friends Steve Bourie and his son Matt (www.americancasinoguide.com).

Enjoy the issue!

Henry Tamburin
Editor

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: PLAZA AND GOLDEN GATE CASINOS by Stu D. Hoss

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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: PALMS AND RIO CASINOS by KC Brooks

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    ST. LOUIS TRIP REPORT by JPB

    "From around 2012 to early 2015, I played the double-deck games with bad rules and mediocre penetration with an obscene bet spread without countermeasures being taken. On this trip, I found conditions are different now with..."

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    RHODE ISLAND TRIP REPORT by "Reload" Joe Freda

    "Halfway through the shoe, the game was called to a stop, and several security guards were positioned near the table. After everyone paused for a while, the pit manager stated 'my play was not wanted'..."

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    THE SCOOP ON "FREE BET BLACKJACK" by Henry Tamburin

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    COUNTRY'S LARGEST CASINO PAVILION FOR SMOKERS by Mark Gruetze

    "Mountaineer casino, forced to ban smoking throughout the main floor on July 1 when a tougher clean-air ordinance took effect, now boasts that it offers the 'best of both worlds' that includes..."

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    PAUL'S POINTERS: FOOTBALL HANDICAPPING TIPS by Paul Wilson

    "This month I'm going to share with you some football handicapping tips with the goal of helping you win more of your football wagers..."

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    STICKMAN'S STANCE: ODDS OF COMPLETING MONSTER HANDS by Jerry "Stickman"

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