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BJI Newsletter, Feb., #109

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Joe Pane provides the answers to the Blackjack Ball test in this issue (the same test taken by the blackjack pros ... so how did you do?), plus provides information on the new Nevada Poker League. We all know that 6-5 blackjack games are the pits but can they be beaten some way, some how? Check out Dan Pronovost's article for the surprising answer. JPB visited the casinos in Kansas City and reports on the playing conditions that he found and where the best games are located. Basic strategy players are better off playing a six-deck game than an eight-deck game, but do you know why? Alan Krigman explains in his article. According to Frank Scoblete, the blackjack games in AC are getting worse and the crowds in the casinos continue to dwindle. Read Scoblete's article as he offers the casinos some suggestions on how to bring the players back as well as naming the casino that currently has the best blackjack game in town. This month we've got three great tournament articles written by tournament pros ... don't miss reading them. Monkeysystem provides a complete playing strategy on how to play the new card replacement rule that is popping up in tournaments everywhere. Kenneth Smith offers another great tip on when you should always hit your stiff hand. And The Babe walks the talk when he describes how he used the pair splitting strategy he described in the Dec. issue of BJI in a recent tournament in Sin City. Jerry "Stickman" continues his series on dice control with great information on how to grip the dice (probably the most important skill that must be mastered to become a successful dice controller). Last, but not least, poker pro Bill Burton offers sound advice on how to build your poker bankroll.

Gulf Coast Grinder needed more time to check out the blackjack playing conditions along the Gulf Coast so his report will appear in next month's issue of the BJI.

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