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BJI Newsletter, September, #128

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There are a few spots left in the hands-on Golden Touch Blackjack course, which I'll be teaching the weekend of Oct. 23 & 24 in Las Vegas. Details are below.

This month Vinny DeCarlo presents nine "different" ways that counters can gain the edge over the casino (I guarantee you haven't thought of some of them). You think you are being cheated while playing blackjack? Check out Basil Nestor's article for five ways that you can tell if the game is bogus. Our blackjack answer man John Grochowski answers several more questions including an interesting one about the possibility of the casinos cheating using an automatic card shuffler. Our Midwest blackjack pro JPB visited the casinos in the St. Louis area and reports on playing conditions there. Meanwhile, our low-roller Riverboat Flyer took a cruise to the Caribbean and reports on playing conditions on the shipboard casino , and several casinos on the Islands. Frank Scoblete reports on the new owners of two Atlantic City casinos, as well as providing the current playing conditions in the A.C. casinos. LVBear growls about what a casino did in Nevada, and he offers a rare praise to the Nevada Gaming Control Board in another incident. Kenneth Smith provides some excellent playing tips for Three Card Poker Tournaments (which many blackjack tournament players are finding very lucrative). Have you ever heard of the legendary blackjack player Howard Thorn? If not, read Sammy Vaughn's article. Don't we wish we could get the "nuts" when we play Texas Hold'em? However, getting them doesn't guarantee that you will win ... read Bill Burton's poker column for the details. We also have an updated version of Monkeysytem's strategy for the unusual rule that allows you to doubling down after splitting aces. Lastly, we have a summary of the September and October major blackjack tournaments around the country courtesy of

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