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BJI Newsletter, March 2011, #134

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Be sure to read Kenneth Smith's true story in this issue of BJI about his once-in-a-lifetime, heart-stopping hand, not in blackjack, but in video poker (you won't believe what happened). If you were frustrated trying to answer the Blackjack Ball test questions in last months BJI, don't fret because Joe Pane has the answers this month (plus more insider stuff about the Ball). Vinny DeCarlo explains how technology has changed the way we play blackjack on both sides of the table. If you are tempted to make a side bet when you play blackjack, don't do it until after you read Basil Nestor's article on side bets. Ralph Stricker continues the true story of one of his BP's (M.R.), this month describing their sojourn to Atlantic City. John Grochowski answers some interesting questions from readers involving the purpose of RFID technology in gaming chips, the value of a 2-1 payoff for a blackjack in diamonds, and what one blackjack player did when a casino barred him from playing blackjack. The Golden Nugget casino is (again) coming to Atlantic City and Frank Scoblete has the insider scoop, as well as the best places to play blackjack (and craps) in A.C. LVBear growls this month over some local police officers in Vegas (read why), and the down-and-out-folks many players encounter in Reno. Frank Kneeland continues his series on how win at playing progressive video poker machines with the details on how to calculate the cost for hitting a royal flush on a progressive machine. Many poker players go on 'tilt' when they experience a bad beat or a bad run of cards. Bill Burton offers five tips to prevent this from happening to you. Lastly, we have a summary of major blackjack tournaments from differed regions of the country courtesy of

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    TEXAS HOLD'EM A TO Z: "T" IS FOR TILT by Bill Burton

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