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BJI Newsletter, July, #126

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This month's BJI covers a little of everything, including not only how to get the edge at blackjack, but how to beat the casino marketing folks, how to get the edge in craps tournaments, how to learn to be an advantage video poker player, and lot's more. Here's the rundown: Vinny DeCarlo offers insider information on how casino marketing departments track players and how you can beat them. Basil Nestor gives us a glimpse of what the game of blackjack may look like in the future (from the way it was played in 1650). John Grochowski answers questions from blackjack players dealing with the effect penetration has on basic strategy players, no-mid shoe entry, and the new "Automatic Win" side bet. Alan Krigman explains the effects that playing options and number of decks have on a player's chance of winning. Riverboat Flyer visited the casinos in Tunica and filed a trip report. Our Vegas informant LV Bear took a long drive through the East, Northeast, and Canada, and in his usual style, gives his opinion on the people he met and places he saw (interesting read on what a Vegas resident thinks of this part of the country). According to Frank Scoblete, the Queen of the Sea (Atlantic City) is quickly becoming the "Chicken of the Sea" with the competition from Pennsylvania and other nearby casinos... read what the AC casinos are trying to do to get more business. Kenneth Smith offers more valuable tips on how to get the edge in craps tournaments (don't miss reading this article). Poker pro Bill Burton covers the importance of the "lay down" in Texas Hold'em (some solid advice), and we have the schedule of upcoming major blackjack tournaments courtesy of Last, but not least, I've included an article I wrote as a tribute to my father-in-law (my video poker playing buddy), whom I taught to play video poker at age 86.

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