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BJI Newsletter, January, #120

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We begin our 10th year of the BJI with reports on blackjack playing conditions from the following regions: CityCenter Las Vegas (Joe Pane); Tunica (Riverboat Flyer); Atlantic City (Frank Scoblete); South Carolina (Steven Lee); and Phoenix ( Handyman). Ever wonder what the pit is saying about your play? Guess no more after you read DeCarlo's unique guide to Casino Lingo. Noted Las Vegas attorney Bob Nersesian offers you some sound advice before you cash out any large denomination chips at the casino cage. Ralph Stricker describes his move from Florida back to N.J., and his team play with two former students. With the football playoffs in full swing, sports analyst Bill Burton offers a primer on how it's possible to get the edge betting on sport's games. Also, Burton's poker column this month gives you practical tips on how to evaluate the play of your fellow players. Finally, for a fun read, check out Frank Scoblete's 10 Commandments for 2010.

My article on progressive betting, originally scheduled for this issue, will instead appear in the February issue of BJI.

Have a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!
Henry Tamburin

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