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BJI Newsletter, December, #119

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Do you know how Facial Recognition Systems work to catch card counters and what you can do to avoid detection by them? Check out Vinny DeCarlo's article for some insider information on this hot topic. LV21PRO is giving BJI subscribers an early Christmas present: a list of ten great games in Las Vegas. Ralph Sticker describes an issue he once had with a team member when they were attacking the tables in Atlantic City. Did you know that one casino in Atlantic City recently decreased the table limits on their blackjack tables for players who don't have a Players Card? Read about it and more in Frank Scoblete's Atlantic City Report. Card counter Steven Lee plays blackjack in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and a cruise ship in South Carolina; this month he reports on the playing conditions on the cruise ship. John Grochowski attended the annual Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas and reports on what he found that would interest blackjack players. LVBear is growling again and you don't want to miss reading his latest growl on what happened to a player who was playing a virtual blackjack machine in a Las Vegas casino (you won't believe it). If you are a tournament player you positively don't want to miss reading Kenneth Smith's article that describes three time-saving short-cuts that you can use to quickly figure out the best bet to make. If you play video poker or are thinking about doing it, be sure to read Jerry "Stickman's" informative article on how you can get the edge playing video poker. Joe Pane reports on another great poker tournament that he played last month with details on when they are holding this tournament again in 2010. Our resident poker pro Bill Burton explains how to defend the blinds when you play poker. There weren't many blackjack tournaments scheduled around the holidays so we are skipping our usual tournament schedule this month.

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