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BJI Newsletter, September, #116

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I recently received three inquiries from BJI subscribers who wanted information on these topics: how to avoid detection in a casino when you are card counting; what's the best way to play in accumulation blackjack tournaments; and where can I find good blackjack games on cruise ships in Florida. I'm happy to report that we have answers to all three questions in this month's issue of the BJI. Vinny DeCarlo, a one-time casino surveillance professional, offers sage advice to card counters who want to stay under the casino radar (must reading). Tournament Pro Kenneth Smith presents a sound (but aggressive) strategy for accumulation tournaments. And Atlantic City reporter Rich reports on a good blackjack game on a cruise ship located on the east coast of Florida (he also reports on where to find good blackjack games in St. Maarten). Speaking of Atlantic City, in this month's Atlantic City Report Frank Scoblete summarizes who the winners were at the recent World Casino Championships held in Las Vegas. (This was a first-rate event, and I had a chance to personally meet many BJI subscribers there. Kudos to Frank Scoblete, Dominator, and their top-notch staff of instructors for putting on an outstanding event for casino players.) In other articles, Ralph Stricker describes how he got started teaching blackjack, and what happened when someone paid him to play. Mark Billings continues his series on shuffle tracking, and JPB reports on the playing conditions in St. Louis (a few good games worth playing). Think you know the basic playing strategy? Check out Joe Pane's article and see if you get all the plays correct (caution: it isn't easy). "The Babe" presents an interesting and very informative article on critiquing the play of Ken Smith's opponents as described by Smith in his article in last month's BJI (if you are a tournament player, don't miss reading this article; you'll find some great analysis and advice on how much you should bet in certain situations). Jerry "Stickman" concludes his series on dice control with some good pointers on establishing a 401-G (good advice for blackjack players, too), and offers tips on when a dice controller should stop playing. Meanwhile, poker pro Bill Burton begins a new series on Texas Hold'em titled Texas Hold'em A to Z. This month he discusses Aces. Lastly, we have the schedule of major blackjack tournaments courtesy of

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