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BJI Newsletter, June 2017, #209

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A WORD FROM HENRY

Our June issue of the BJI begins with three blackjack reports: The Golden Nugget and Freemont casinos in Las Vegas (by Stu D. Hoss); Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut (by Joe Freda); and the casinos in Kansas City (by "JPB"). Speaking of Kansas City, blackjack pro JPBs three-part series on the history of blackjack in the Kansas City market concludes with this issue. (Note: You won't find a more accurate and detailed summary of blackjack playing conditions in this area anywhere else.) Based on feedback I received from subscribers, I revisited the new Stadium Blackjack game at the Venetian and wrote a detailed report on how the Community Cards are distributed to players and the live dealer in this game. Nicholas Colon, a former member of the M.I.T. card counting team, offers tips on how to know when heat from the pit is coming and what you can do to minimize your chances of getting barred. Paul Wilson shares with us the five things that annoy him the most when he plays blackjack. (You may relate to some of them; I know I did.) We have two video poker articles this month: the first explains why hands containing a low pair can be very frustrating; and my article on How to Play and Win at Video Poker that gives an overview of the skills you need to learn to gain the edge when you play. (Note: I will be teaching a video poker class in Las Vegas in August that goes over these skills in more detail, including hands-on practice.) John Grochowski answers the following questions from players: How the Russian team beat the slots in the Midwest (interesting story how they did this); what happens when a die lies on an angle when playing a virtual craps game (lesson learned on this one); and why casinos don't offer more promotions to blackjack players.

Video Poker Class: On Friday, August 18, I'll be teaching a video poker class in Las Vegas for players that want to learn how to play and win. There is limited seating, and a limited special price for this class. For more details, click here.

Enjoy the issue!

Henry Tamburin
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    LAS VEGAS BLACKJACK REPORT: GOLDEN NUGGET AND FREEMONT CASINOS by Stu D. Hoss

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    CONNECTICUT TRIP REPORT: FOXWOODS AND MOHEGAN SUN CASINOS by Joe "Reload" Freda

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    STADIUM BLACKJACK REVISITED by Henry Tamburin

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    RECOGNIZING AND AVOIDING HEAT by Nicholas Colon

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    PAUL'S POINTERS: FIVE THINGS THAT ANNOY ME THE MOST WHEN I PLAY BLACKJACK by Paul Wilson

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