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BJI Newsletter, July, #114

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I'm looking forward to giving several blackjack seminars at the upcoming World Casino Championships in Las Vegas on August 14-17. I'll also be supervising the blackjack tournament (one of several different tournaments schedule for the weekend). This will be an exciting and fun weekend; over $75,000 in cash prizes available to be won. For details on this event, read the article on the WCC in this issue written by Melissa Kaplan. (Note: BJI Subscribers get a $100 discount... click here to sign up online with this discount.)

This month's issue of the BJI begins with Ralph Stricker's description of the close call he and his team had while making another play in Santo Domingo with their concealed blackjack computers. Mark Billings continues his discussion of Shuffle Tracking with tips on what you should be looking for when the dealer shuffles the cards. Frank Scoblete provides more details about Pat DeMauro's record four-hour roll, and his team of reporters report on some recent changes made to the blackjack games in Atlantic City. Dan Pronovost has penned a timely and informative article on how you should be gambling during this tough economic climate if you are short on cash. Joe Pane offers some sage advice on how you can become a successful tournament player. He also is asking for your help to determine who the top ten tournament players are (see his article on how to vote). We all learned early in our blackjack playing career to "always split aces." But, according to tournament pro The Babe, this may not always be the right play in tournaments. Kenneth Smith concludes his study of betting in tournaments with a few tips that may come in handy the next time you play in a tournament. Jerry Stickman offers some excellent advice on how to bet at craps when you are on a table with random shooters, and he explains the famous 5-Count, which is a simple technique that will reduce the number of random rolls you bet on to save your money. Nobody likes to lay down a good poker hand, but Bill Burton offers tips on when laying down your hand might just be the best play. Last, but not least, we have a summary of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of

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    HOW IT BEGAN-Part 5 by Ralph "Silver Fox" Stricker

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