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BJI Newsletter, May, #112

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Ralph Stricker reminisces about the good old days when his blackjack team hit the casinos in Santo Domingo, and also his involvement in teaching a blackjack team how to use a concealed blackjack computer. If you want a primer on what you should and shouldn't do if you want to enter a blackjack tournament, you must read Joe Pane's article this month ... it's loaded with useful beginner tips to get you into the winner's circle. Likewise, Jerry Stickman offer's a primer on betting on craps from the perspective of a gambler (which most craps shooters are), and also how a dice controller should bet into his edge. (This is also a good article if you want to know a how a dice controller knows that he has the edge when he plays craps). Dr. Brett Harris explains the truth about unbalanced counting systems (if you are math challenged, you can skip the math in the article and just read the rest because there is plenty of solid advice in his article). Riverboat Flyer took a cruise on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship and reports on the playing conditions in their casino, as well as summarizing his playing results each day playing solo and as part of a team. Ever wonder why you should hit 12 against 2 and 3, but stand on 4, 5 and 6? Read Alan Krigman's article for the answer and also a tip on how to play 10-2 against a 4. Frank Scoblete and his reporters provide the latest news about blackjack in AC (some good, some not so good include the demise of the four-deck game). Have you wondered how much you should bet on each hand in a tournament? Read Kenneth Smith's article for an interesting approach to finding an answer to this question (it will be fun and interesting to answer the questions that he posed ... read his article and you'll see what I mean). Ostensibly, The Babe has played in more blackjack tournaments than most players. This month he reminisces about the history of blackjack tournaments and some of the changes (ripoffs?) that have occurred over the years. Don't miss reading this look-back at blackjack tournaments from the perspective of a real pro. Last but not least, poker pro Bill Burton offers some excellent quick tips for players that want to play in low-limit Texas Hold'em games.

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    HOW IT BEGAN-Part 3 by Ralph "Silver Fox" Stricker

    "We decided that we had to expand our playing to other areas of the world since playing just in one or two gaming jurisdictions was not conducive to longevity as a team. We had confined our playing in Atlantic City and Nevada. I also received some information about the Dominican Republic and various casinos there that offered good playing conditions. The casinos were located in Santo Domingo, which is the capital of the country. I decided to go with eight team members, myself included, and see if what we were told was true about the games..."

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    WHAT TO DO & WHAT NOT TO DO by Joe Pane

    "I cannot teach you all the skills needed to become a top tournament player in such a short article, but I can share with you things that you should and shouldn't do before, during, and after a tournament to help you reach the winners circle more than the average player. Hopefully this information will start you on the road to becoming a skilled and money-making tournament player..."

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    "In this article, I will explain how unbalanced counting systems arise from a generalization of balanced count systems and deliver two different, but complementary benefits..."

    Read Harris' complete article.

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    "Your playing experience and qualitative reasoning may induce you to stand on 12 against a dealer's low card because you could bust if you hit, and might not win even if you don't. But, keep in mind that perception and memory are often unreliable..."

    Read Krigman's complete article.


    "We boarded a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship for a week of fun and blackjack in the Caribbean. As soon as the ship got underway, we checked out the casino. There were seven 21 tables on board, offering single-and six-deck continuous shuffle games, and eight-deck shoe games..."

    Read Flyer's complete article.

    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank and Alene Scoblete

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    "This month I want to look at perhaps the most ubiquitous issue in tournament strategy, which is the impact of your bet size decision. I'm not talking about the critical end-play decisions where optimal bet size is a function of many complicated factors. I'm instead talking about the issue of how much to bet on the first hand, the second hand, and so forth..."

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    RIP OFF? by The Babe

    "Once upon a time all major blackjack tournaments were pretty much alike. Some had bigger fees and bigger prizes than others, but the rules were fairly standard. There was live money buy-ins for each round at various amounts from small to large. It was always single deck with two hands dealt per shuffle, and then later came tournaments that used a double deck..."

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    DICE CONTROL 101: BETTING INTO YOUR EDGE by Jerry "Stickman"

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    Read Burton's complete article.

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