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BJI Newsletter, June, #125

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Now is your chance to chat with Vinny, author of the amazing book, How to Beat Casino Surveillance published by BJI. On June 14th at 9pm ET you can join a FREE chat room and chat with BJI writer Vinny DeCarlo, author of the new BJI published e-book How to Beat Casino Surveillance. You'll also be able to email your questions to Vinny beforehand (he'll answer them during the chat). If you want to e-mail your questions in advance of the online chat, do so here: Bookmark this url and use it to go to the online chat room on June 14th at 9 pm ET: If we get a good turnout, we plan to schedule more chats.

Congratulations to BJI contributing writer Frank Scoblete whose new book Beat Blackjack Now! was just published. For details on the contents of the book, read Frank's Atlantic City Report.

Congratulations also to BJI contributing writers Ken Smith and Timmer for finishing first and third respectively in a recent blackjack tournament. Ken is on quite a roll. In recent casino contests/promotions, he also won a $50,000 automobile (his second car won in 18 months!) and $30,000 in cash.

In this issue of the BJI, Vinny DeCarlo summarizes the top 10 diversionary tactics that card counters can use to stay under the casino radar and win more (some unique tips). Stroll down memory lane as Basil Nestor retells the story of how basic strategy was invented, and how that strategy reveals a lot about today's blackjack game (must reading). Does your blackjack game need a tune-up? Joe Pane will make your game more fuel-efficient. John Grochowski answers more reader's questions on blackjack including this interesting one: "If the house edge on a six-deck blackjack game is about a half percent, and the house edge on a 9-6 Jacks or Better video poker game is also about a half percent, will I do better betting $5 a hand in an average one-hour session in blackjack or video poker?" Mr. Kevin Brown, Executive Director of Table Games at Resorts Atlantic City Casino, took issue with an article that appeared in the April issue of BJI on the hand-fees on their $2 blackjack games. In this issue, Mr. Brown provides his response to questions that we subsequently sent him about their game. You can get the details on Frank Scoblete's new blackjack book (Beat Blackjack Now!) in his Atlantic City Report, as well as the latest scoop on the AC blackjack playing conditions. Craps tournaments can be very lucrative... read Ken Smith's article for the basics on how to get the edge over your opponents. Sammy Vaughn reminisces about a famous Stardust Blackjack Tournament and the well-known tournament players who played in it (you may recognize some of those players). Everyone likes to hold kickers when they play Texas Hold'em. However, poker pro Bill Burton explains the importance of when to hold kickers and when not to. Last, but not least, we have a schedule of major blackjack tournaments for June/July courtesy of

Note: Ralph Sticker's column ("How and Where it Began") will resume next month.
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    GETTING BACK TO BASICS by Basil Nestor

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