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BJI Newsletter, May 2008, #100


BJI 100th issue

Our 100th issue! Who would have thought six years ago that we would have made it this far, but we have, thanks to you, our loyal readers, and to our team of outstanding writers. I also want to thank my business partner in the BJI, Dan Pronovost, for providing his computer expertise that allows you to receive this electronic newsletter every month in your in-box (Dan also does much more; like maintaining our web site and mailing list, writing articles, etc.). The BJI has been a labor of love because it has given me another forum to write about blackjack, as well as allowing some of my colleagues to share their expertise about the game. The game of blackjack has been very good to me, and it can be for you also if you pay attention to the advice contained in each issue. If you enjoy reading the BJI, I encourage you to mention the newsletter to your friends. In fact, this special 100th issue of the BJI can be read in its entirety by anyone that has access to a computer. There are NO members-only articles in this issue: even free subscribers can read every article. Just tell them to visit Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word about the BJI.

BJI 100th issue

We've dispensed with our usual trip reports, tournament schedules, and other regular articles for this special issue, and instead asked a hand-picked group of experts (who are also contributors to the BJI) to write about their special area of expertise. Here's a list of the experts and their contribution to our special 100th issue.

  • Dan Pronovost on the history of Speed Count and other simplified counting systems.

  • Joe Pane on player rights and casino abuses of players.

  • Barfarkel on his amazing rise from gambler to advantage player.

  • Frank Scoblete on dice control and other contributions that he has made to casino gambling.

  • Ken Smith on the history of tournament blackjack and his involvement.

  • Jean Scott on casino comps and video poker.

  • Bill Burton on the history of poker and how he got started.

  • LVBear on abuses that have occurred in the casino industry.

  • Henry Tamburin on all the games I play with an advantage, and where I play them.

    I hope you enjoy our 100th issue, and I look forward to publishing many more issues of the BJI... every month, online and in your e-mail box.

    If you come across an unfamiliar blackjack term in one of our articles or reports, see our Blackjack Glossary:

    E-mail subscribers can also read each month's issue online at our web site: BJI Issue #100, May 2008.

    Henry Tamburin


    PS: When you read Joe Pane's article, he asks BJI subscribers to email him questions that you would like to have answered by Las Vegas lawyer Bob Nersesian on player rights in a casino (Nersesian has represented many card counters, including Joe). Take advantage of this opportunity - go ahead and email your questions to Joe. See his article for the more information.

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    "Dan is a mathematician and software developer best known for inventing the revolutionary Speed Count advantage blackjack method. Dan's articles and published works have always focused on bringing card counting out of the ivory tower of elite specialists, and into the hands of every-day gamblers. Dan discusses the history of simplified card counting systems and their application today..."

    Read Pronovost's complete article.

    THE GAMES I PLAY by Henry Tamburin

    Henry has 37 years of advantage gambling playing, writing, and teaching experience. Find out all the casino games he has learned to beat, the great venues he's played, and still plays, and the gems he's refined and chooses to write about and teach..."

    Read Tamburin's complete article.


    "Joe has been an expert blackjack card counter for over ten years. As a professional advantage gambler, Joe has been on the receiving end of the casino's worst practices, including being backed-off, and 86'd. Get the inside scoop on the current state of casino scrutiny of card counters, as well as a history of past measures and recent legal challenges, included one incident that happened to Joe shown on national TV..."

    Read Pane's complete article.

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    "Barfarkel is the Cinderella story of card counting, a regular gambler who decided one day to become an advantage gambler and play for profit. He documents his exciting journeys to Sin City and Reno in his regular BJI articles and his books, You've Got Heat Vol. 1 and 2. Find out about all the ups and downs of card counting, what it's like to be "in the trenches" trying to beat the casinos at their game, along with his many thrilling escapades..."

    Read Barfarkel's complete article.


    "Ken knows blackjack tournaments, and has been at the leading edge of this growing field long before it even hit the air-waves in recent years. Find out how blackjack tournaments has grown into "the best big thing" since poker tournaments, and what it takes to win..."

    Read Smith's complete article.

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    "Frank is the most published and successful gambling author and expert today. But Frank's claim-to-fame is, without a doubt, dice control for craps. Find out how Frank has helped turn the black-sheep of advantage gambling into a legitimate and successful tactic for craps, who is mentors were, and what are some of the contributions Frank has made in the field of gambling..."

    Read Scoblete's complete article.

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    "The Queen of Comps wears two crowns: leveraging casino comps and winning at Video Poker (and the two often go hand in hand). Jean's many books and articles clearly explain how average players can gain the edge by playing video poker smartly and taking full advantage of casino promotions and comps. - Find out how Jean has hunted down all these deals in video poker and more, and put them in action..."

    Read Scott's complete article.


    "LVBear is the Robin Hood of advantage gambling. This diligent guardian of the casino industry delivers the straight truth about the worst (and sometimes best) casino practices. Learn about some of the shocking and compelling incidents in the casino industry over the many years of LVBear's vigilant stewardship..."

    Read LVBear's complete article.

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    Read Burton's complete article.

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