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BJI Newsletter, Jan., #108

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Let me begin by wishing all our readers a Happy New Year! Joe Pane recently attended the 2009 Blackjack Ball, an invitation-only annual gathering of the casino's most feared blackjack players. In Pane's report you will learn who won the coveted Blackjack Cup competition, who has been banned from participating in the competition, and which blackjack player was voted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame. Pane's report also includes the 21 Test Questions given to the participants as part of the Blackjack Cup competition (try answering them). If you haven't been to Reno lately to play blackjack, you ought to consider doing so. Read LVBear's excellent Reno report, which summarizes the playing conditions in and around Reno (don't miss reading this report!). If, on the other hand, you're a low stakes card counter and you are heading for Vegas, then you definitely want to read LV21Pro's report that summarizes which casinos in and around Vegas offer the best games for low-stakes counters. Frank Scoblete and his team of reporters summarize the 2008 blackjack highs and lows (mostly the latter) in Atlantic City. But there is a glimmer of hope: one casino is now offering only four-and six-deck games, rather than the eight-deck games found elsewhere in town. Have you wondered how many times you can expect to be dealt a favorable hand when you play blackjack? Alan Krigman has the answer in his article this month. We have two excellent tournament strategy articles this month: the first by Kenneth Smith and the second by Monkeysystem. The latter article also contains some interesting information on how pro blackjack tournament players make "deals" amongst themselves so that one player has a piece of the action of another player. Jean Scott took a cruise and reports on an interesting blackjack game that she came across on the high seas which gave players the edge. Jerry Stickman continues his series on dice control with Part 2 on setting the dice. Finally, Bill Burton gives poker players some food for thought on how they can become better players in 2009.

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