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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, July 2003, #42

A WORD FROM HENRY

We have another jam-packed issue of the Blackjack Insider that is loaded with useful information for blackjack players at all skill levels. First, Dan Pronovost provides a virtually fool-proof mathematical method and analysis of 'bonus-busting' online casinos. We have a great story from Kenneth R. Smith about a recent blackjack promotion that cost a casino one million bucks. Most blackjack side-bets are sucker bets. But Eliot Jacobson shows how he has profited from Lucky Ladies. CC Rider describes his recent "tap on the shoulder" and his recommendations on how to maintain longevity as a card counter. He also provides an update on playing conditions at Harrah's casino in New Orleans and Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete do the same for the Atlantic City casinos. LV Pro is at it again with a report on his recent playing trip to Las Vegas (frustrating for him, informative for us). And for tournament players, check out Rich McKelvey's tournament tips article on what you should do before you play. Finally, we've updated our list of major blackjack tournaments by region including a summary of my encounter with Anthony Curtis in the May preliminary round of the Las Vegas Hilton II Million Dollar Tournament.

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HOW TO MAKE $198 WITH 99.9% CONFIDENCE by Dan Pronovost

"We've done a detailed statistical analysis of the blackjack game and bonus structure at one particular on-line casino. The summary is this: you have over a 99.9% probability of positive earnings, with an average of $198, by following our method below..."

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FATHER'S DAY BONANZA by Kenneth R. Smith

"The Imperial Palace in Biloxi was a busy place on Father's Day, June 15th. The casino had widely publicized a promotion that paid 2 to 1 on blackjacks up to the normal table limits. This gave a basic strategy player a whopping 1.9% edge on the game. I brought plenty of cash and showed up early but it didn't take long to see I was going to have a problem..."

Read Smith's complete article.

PLAYING THE LUCKY LADIES SIDE-BET by Eliot Jacobson

"For years I heard rumors about the huge edge that other players would be getting by front-loading, shuffling tracking, ace sequencing, card steering, etc, etc. Occasionally I would find a game or a dealer where I could, for a few moments, get such an edge but the legwork to find these games, together with their fickle nature, made it no sure bet they would be there tomorrow. And then Panama Rick posted about the Lucky Ladies on a popular blackjack web site..."

Read Eliot Jacobson's complete article.

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THE DREADED "TAP" by CC Rider

"A Joe Pesci-looking suit walked up to me and flat-betted me. When I told him that I was losing and there was no way I could catch up if I couldn't use my betting progression, he said, "Sorry, flat bets only. If you can't do that, we'll ask you to leave...""

Read CC Rider's complete report.

LV PRO'S TRIP REPORT by LV PRO

"Once again my car sailed through the desert night towards Las Vegas for a six-day card counting vacation. On my last trip in March, I had won $1960 to bring my bankroll up to its highest total ever -+$11,460. This time I planned to keep the same $10 - $100 bet spread using this new found $2K padding to lower my Risk of Ruin to 1.28% and keep the win rate around $34 per hour..."

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ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone & Frank Scoblete

"We have received so many offers for July from casinos, offers that are generally given in the dead of winter that we can't keep up with them. Three and four free nights in suites; limo rides; airfare on private planes from Long Island where we live; home-entertainment system. Of course, we've taken advantage of several of these offers. When Borgata finally opens and its impact is gauged, we're sure the offers from the other casinos will dry up somewhat - unless of course Borgata becomes the "in" place as Boyd and MGM/Mirage hope..."

Read Paone and Scoblete's complete report.

HARRAH'S NEW ORLEANS BLACKJACK REPORT by CC Rider

"I was asked to report on the blackjack conditions at Harrah's in New Orleans. Following several short sessions, I am sorry to report that the conditions are not very good for players of any type, whether you are a novice or advanced card counter..."

Read CC Rider's complete article.

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TOURNAMENT TIPS - PLANNING FOR WINNERS by Rich McKelvey

"In the last issue of the Blackjack Insider Newsletter I wrote about the importance of having a plan before you begin play in a tournament. This may sound like common sense to many players, but how many actually think about a plan prior to playing? Not many! That's why you see a lot of the same tournament players advancing round after round in a lot of tournaments (they are the ones with a plan..."

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