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BJI Newsletter, January 2016, #192

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A WORD FROM HENRY

You'll get inside information on the best (and worst) blackjack games from our team of contributing reporters. Find out the playing conditions at El Cortez casino in Las Vegas (by Stu D. Hoss); the Venetian and Palazzo casinos also in Las Vegas (by KC Brooks); the Hard Rock and Immolake casinos located in South Florida (by JPB); and the Golden Nugget and Tropicana casinos in Atlantic City (by "Reload" Joe Freda). If you want to learn what "edge sorting" is all about, read Eliot Jacobson's article (an amazing and controversial advantage play strategy). If you are planning to play in your first blackjack tournament, read my tournament tips articles to get you ready and competitive. For those who play the popular Joker Poker video poker game in Atlantic City, we've got the scoop on this game, including a complete playing strategy (by Jerry "Stickman"). John Grochowski answers several readers' questions, including the recent court ruling regarding hole card play in a Mississippi Stud Poker game (definitely worth reading the outcome of this case). I've received a ton of questions from blackjack players over my career as a player and teacher and you can read the most FAQ (with answers) in my article. Last, but not least, we have the upcoming schedule of blackjack tournaments courtesy of www.blackjacktournaments.com.

I've scheduled two Speed Count blackjack classes in 2016. The first is June 24th and the second is on Sept 16. Both classes will be taught in Las Vegas. We offer a $100 early-bird discount. To read more about the class, go to www.goldentouchblackjack.com. Classes fill up quickly so if you want to attend next year, sign up ASAP. For questions about the course or to sign-up, call 1-888-353-3234 and ask for me.

I want to thank readers who took the time to read my new Ultimate Guide to Blackjack and sent me your comments. (The Guide is free to read and posted on http://www.888casino.com/blog/casino-guides/blackjack.)

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