Blackjack Insider Newsletter, March 2005, #62
A WORD FROM HENRY
Beginning this month, Dan Pronovost (developer of Speed Count) will be starting a new series on craps to introduce his just-released software and incredible new research on dice control (you'll learn how dice controllers can prove their claims that they get the edge at craps). If you use a progressive betting system at blackjack, you definitely need to read Eliot Jacobson's article on Betting Systems. Parker has received many blackjack questions over the three years he has hosted his Parker Pages at www.advantageplayer.com. He summarizes the top 10 most common questions in his first article in BJI. Our ace BJ reporter, LV Tournament Pro, went on what he describes as a "painful adventure" to the casinos located on the North end of the Strip to scout blackjack playing conditions. Read what he found along with his usual blunt assessment of casino policies in his latest Las Vegas BJ report. We've also got a report on blackjack conditions on riverboats in the Midwest (Midwest Riverboat Pro) and another from Atlantic City (Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete). Frank also describes an unusual playing experience that happened to us playing together on the same table (poor Frank). Kenneth Smith provides an analysis of what first appeared to be a confusing tournament play. If you play poker (who doesn't these days?) and you don't know what an "out' is, better read Bill Burton's All About Poker column before you ante up again. And last but not least we have the conclusion of Barfarkel's December trip to Sin City (it wasn't pretty), more Bear Growls from LV Bear, and our updated schedule of blackjack tournaments from Kenneth Smith.
I recently taught another Golden Touch Blackjack (GTB) course featuring Speed Count in Atlantic City to an enthusiastic group of students. In just one weekend of training they learned how to get an edge over the casino. One student said it best went he wrote on his course feedback form, "I was surprised at how simple Speed Count really is." Our next GTB course is in Las Vegas the weekend of April 16th. Classes fill up quickly. For details visit www.goldentouchblackjack.com.
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River Belle Online Casino
I've reviewed the playing rules for three of their American-style blackjack games offered by River Belle and asked Dan Pronovost to compute the house edge using his Blackjack Audit software program. Here's the low down. Their Vegas Downtown game uses two decks with H17, DAS, pair splitting up to 4 hands, aces can be split once and one card to each split ace. The house edge using the basic playing strategy calculates to 0.4256%. Their Vegas Strip game uses 4 decks of cards with s17, DAS, plus the same rules as above for pair splitting. House edge in this game for the basic strategy player is only 0.4053%. Finally their Atlantic City game uses 8 decks with the same rules as their Las Vegas Strip game except they allow late surrender. House edge is 0.4783%. So, all the good blackjack games at River Belle give the house less than a 0.5% edge.
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