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BJI Newsletter, February, #121

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Joe Pane attended the recent Blackjack Ball and his article contains the written test questions taken by the blackjack pros in attendance (try answering them). Casino Surveillance expert Vinny DeCarlo presents the first of a very informative three-part series on the History of Casino surveillance. Ralph Stricker describes a funny story that happened to him when he and his blackjack team hit Las Vegas. I routinely get asked about progressive betting at blackjack; read what I have to say about it in my article. Alan Krigman, meanwhile, explains what the difference is between betting one or multiple spots at blackjack. Frank Scoblete and his team report on the latest playing conditions in Atlantic City (including $2 games with a hand fee, and double-deck games), and Frank offers pointers on two playing styles: putting time in at the tables to become a preferred player vs. hitting and running. LVBear growls about what he calls is the "cover up and whitewash of Harrah's crimes." Have you ever heard about the fable "12% swing" in tournament play? If not, read Kenneth Smith's article for a revelation on this often quoted percentage. Poker pro Bill Burton offers tips on how to play the flop. Last, but not least, we have a summary of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of
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