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BJI Newsletter, December, #131

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Vinny DeCarlo kicks off our December issue with sage advice for card counters who want to prolong their playing careers. Basil Nestor completes his two part excellent article on how to minimize the tax consequences from casino wins (heed his advice!). Ralph Stricker begins a series of articles on how one of his blackjack team members self-destructed (don't make the same mistakes). John Grochowski provides news for blackjack players from the recently held Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas. We have trip reports from these regions: Council Bluffs, I.A. (by JPB); Deadwood, S.D. (by Charles Hondi); and Tunica M.S. (by Mark Gruetze). Frank Scoblete reports on the blackjack games in A.C. as well as offer his opinion on the state of N.J.'s planned take-over of the casinos in A.C. Ever wondered whether you should cover an opponent's blackjack in tournament play? Check out Ken Smith's article for the answer. Frank Kneeland explains the importance of payback tables for different video poker games, and Bill Burton offers advice on how to play Queens in Texas Hold'em. Last, but not least, we have a summary of major blackjack tournaments in different regions of the U.S.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Henry Tamburin


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    "Here are ten tips you want to avoid doing if you are a card counter who wants to play under the casino's radar..."

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    BLACKJACK AND TAXES: Part 2 by Basil Nestor

    "In last month's column in BJI, I mentioned that gambling losses could be deducted from your taxable income, but only up to the amount of your gambling profits. However, if you want to deduct your gambling losses, you cannot simply subtract the loss from the profit and declare zero dollars won..."

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    "I remember it as if it were yesterday. After appearing on a TV show in Boston, I was teaching a blackjack class. There were three "high rollers" in the class who received every perk that a casino can offer. Why? Because they were LOSERS, and the casinos wanted to keep them coming back..."

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    NEWS FROM THE G2E by John Grochowski

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    "In early October, I had the opportunity to travel to the Omaha, Nebraska area. For those not familiar with this area, Omaha is right on the Missouri river. Although there aren't any casinos in Nebraska that I am aware of, just across the Missouri river, on the Iowa side, there is a cluster of three casinos in Council Bluffs, Iowa that I visited. The blackjack games were ..."

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    DEADWOOD, S.D. TRIP REPORT by Charles Hondi

    "There are currently 14 small casinos in Deadwood, mostly housed in the city's original downtown buildings. Bets on table games are limited to $100 per spot and gaming is regulated by the State of South Dakota. Beer and wine are offered complementary to players. What follows is a sampling of the town's gambling halls and blackjack conditions as of Fall 2010..."

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    TUNICA TRIP REPORT by Mark Gruetze

    "My 21st excursion to Tunica included eight nights in casinos, spanning the Columbus Day weekend. Here's a recap of blackjack conditions for the casinos I visited..."

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    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank and Alene Scoblete

    "The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, which is a mouthful to say, will be taking over the running of Atlantic City if Governor Christie and the New Jersey legislature get their way. Recognizing that the declining revenues are hurting not only Atlantic City but also the entire state, the politicians are on the move to restructure the state's relationship with its once cash cow. So move over Nuke Thompson..."

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    "Ken Smith gives tips on when you should cover an opponent's blackjack in tournament play..."

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    PROGRESSIVE VIDEO POKER-Part 3 by Frank Kneeland

    "I have often mused on the disparity between how important looks are when meeting people, and how little they matter in the process of knowing them. What attracts us does not keep us, and what keeps us does not attract us. Fortunately, when picking video poker machines, one can make judgments based solely on appearance and not have to worry about years of counseling, a messy divorce, and backbreaking spousal payments..."

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    TEXAS HOLD'EM A TO Z: "Q" IS FOR QUEENS by Bill Burton

    "I have a love/hate relationship with pocket queens. Sometimes they will give me great pleasure and shower me with riches and the next time they steal my money and kick me to the gutter. Queens are fickle and you have to play them cautiously or they will break your heart..."

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