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BJI Newsletter, May, #124

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Congratulations to BJI contributing writers Vinny DeCarlo and Frank Scoblete on their new books. DeCarlo's e-book, How to Beat Casino Surveillance-An Insider's Secrets for Card Counters, contains insider intelligence on 25 Las Vegas casino surveillance departments that casino bosses don't want you to know about. For more information about the book, click here. (Read also the "Q&A with Vinny DeCarlo" article in this issue of BJI.) Scoblete's new print book on craps, Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!, is the most comprehensive book on craps ever written (includes details on the 5-Count and dice control plus a DVD showing unedited controlled throws by Dominator). To purchase the book, click here. (Read also the "Q&A with Frank Scoblete" in this issue, and for an unbelievable true story about Frank and Dominator's recent run-in with the Mississippi Gaming Commission, check out Frank's Atlantic City Report.)

In this issue of the BJI, Vinny DeCarlo explains the difference between getting "heat" vs. "sweat" from pit critters. Basil Nestor also provides information on when and how to rathole your chips. Blackjack expert John Grochowski answers player's questions dealing with counting just high cards, playing heads-up, the game of 21+3, and insuring your blackjack. Have you ever thought a blackjack dealer cheated you? Then you need to read Ralph Stricker's true story about what he saw in a Las Vegas casino. Timmer visited the Pearl River Resort in Mississippi and reports on the blackjack playing conditions that he found there. Frank Scoblete's Atlantic City Report contains not only the latest scoop on playing condition there, but also the story of a run-in that he and Dominator had with the Mississippi Gaming Commission (great reading, but be forewarned, the article contains some colorful language). Ken Smith played in a craps tournament, and he summarizes one of the most unusual tournament experiences that he has ever had in all the years that he has been playing in tournaments. Melissa Kaplan interviewed Frank Scoblete to get the scoop on why he wrote another book on craps. Implied odds in poker is a concept not well known amongst players, and Bill Burton explains what it is and how to use it. Last, but not least, we have the schedule of upcoming blackjack tournaments in different regions of the U.S. courtesy of
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    How To Beat Casino Surveillance

    An Insider's Secrets for Card Counters
    By Vinny DeCarlo

    Tapping into his 27 years in the casino industry, many in surveillance, DeCarlo unveils behind-the-scenes information on the strengths and weaknesses of TWENTY-FIVE Las Vegas casinos AND their ability to catch card counters. A master card counter himself, DeCarlo knows how to take advantage of casino loopholes to avoid detection while beating them at their own games. Now you can too with the never-before-published information contained in his book.

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