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BJI Newsletter, August, #115

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We are pleased to have Vinny DeCarlo contribute his extensive expertise and experience to the Blackjack Insider. DeCarlo's first article is a primer on casino currency reporting regulations, something that high stakes blackjack players should be aware of. Ralph Stricker continues his story of how he got into playing and teaching blackjack, this time describing an interesting experience he and his team had at an Aruba casino ("the trip from heaven"). In his series on shuffle tracking, Mark Billings decribes how to determine at home if the shuffle you saw at your favorite casino is trackable. JPB made two trips to the Biloxi casinos and reports on the blackjack playing conditions that he found (including one casino that he rates as "one of the top 10 casinos in the county for virtually every blackjack player"). Frank Scoblete describes the infamous single-deck blackjack game at the old Maxim casino in Las Vegas, and his team of reporters provide the latest news on the blackjack (and craps) playing conditions in the Atlantic City casinos. Sometimes you lose at blackjack when you have the edge; Alan Krigman explains why. Joe Pane reveals who the top 10 tournament players are based on the survey results from BJI subscribers and tournament players (some of the winners may surprise you). Kenneth Smith describes the last three hands of a recent tournament that he played, an excellent primer for beginners who need to learn how to bet on those crucial last hands. You can get the monetary edge when you play craps and Jerry "Stickman" provides the details on how to do it. Many players who play poker online make silly mistakes that doom them to lose; Bill Burton explains what these mistakes are and how to avoid them. Lastly, we have a summary of major blackjack tournaments courtesy of

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    "Although there is a certain amount of luck involved in poker, the skilled player will win out in the long run. The skilled poker player is the one who makes the fewest mistakes. In poker you will win more money from your opponent's mistakes, than you will from your own "fancy play." Conversely, you will lose more money if you are the one making the mistakes. Players make mistakes, whether they are playing online or live in a card room; however, there are some mistakes that are more prevalent in online play. Here are four common online poker mistakes..."

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