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BJI Newsletter, April, #123

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We welcome our newest contributing writer to the BJI, Basil Nestor. Basil has a wealth of blackjack experience and in his first article, he explains blackjack volatility. Beginning with this issue, John Grochowski will be answering your questions on anything to do with blackjack in his Blackjack Answerman column. Would you pay the casino a fee to play at a low-limit blackjack game? Read Alan Krigman's analysis of this new twist that was recently implemented by an Atlantic City casino. Wouldn't it be nice if a pit boss looked the other way when you played blackjack? That's exactly what happened to Ralph Stricker and his team when they hit a Las Vegas casino. Vinny DeCarlo concludes his series on the History of Casino Surveillance with information and photos on the different surveillance equipment used by casinos. Low-limit bettor Riverboat Flyer answers a susbcriber's question about how he bet on his recent trip to Tunica. Want to be surprised? Then read Frank Scoblete's Atlantic City Report. I learned about the "half-swing" in tournament play the hard way (lost in a semi-final round) ... don't you make the same mistake ... read Kenneth Smith's article about it. If you play poker, eventually you'll wind up playing heads-up... better check out poker pro Bill Burton's tips on how to get the edge when this occurs. Last, but not least, we have a summary of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of

The latest buzz is out about maverick Vinny DeCarlo's new e-book, How to Beat Casino Surveillance - Insider's Casino Secrets for Card Counters (which BJI is publishing). The book will be available in May and trust me... the wait will be worth it! This a blockbuster book that contains insider intelligence about casino surveillance for card counters that the casino bosses don't want you to know. Max Rubin has read the manuscript and agrees: "When you read Vinny's Casino Reports (contained in his e-book), you'll see that he succinctly points out all of the leaks in the dysfunctional joints, and he shows you how to whack them with glee. Having access to this kind of intelligence is unprecedented in the annals of card counting. If you are a serious player, get this book."

Read more about Vinny's new book in the May issue of BJI, including an exclusive Q & A with Vinny in which we asked him many candid questions about his new book including this one: "Some players see you as a traitor for working for the casinos. What is your response to their criticism?"
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