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BJI Newsletter, March 2012, #146

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Frank Kneeland concludes his interview with Dr. William McCown, a world-renown expert on compulsive gambling. Part 1 of this interviewed appeared in the February issue of BJI. Do yourself a favor and read both articles because you never know if or when you (or a loved one) could develop a gambling problem. If you are a video poker player, or thinking about becoming one, you should read Dan Paymar's article in which he explains the development and features of his highly rated Optimum Video Poker analysis and training software (including the name of the BJI contributing writer that helped Dan with some of the features that were incorporated in the software). The 2012 Blackjack Ball was recently held in Las Vegas and Joe Pane has the scoop on what went down, including which famous blackjack legend was present (read the article to see who it was). Joe also included in his article the blackjack ball test that was given to the pros in attendance (try answering the questions). In a breakthrough exclusive article, Vinny DeCarlo describes a new casino surveillance network that is in place right now in casinos all across the U.S. catching card counters. Stu D. Hoss ventured to North Las Vegas to report on the playing conditions (and amenities) at the Cannery, Jerry's Nugget, and Lucky Club casinos. Meanwhile, KC Brooks visited the MGM and Tropicana Resorts on the strip, and reports on their playing conditions and amenities. Frank Scoblete summarizes some of the methods (from his recent experience) that Atlantic City casinos use to make card counting an unpleasant activity for counters, and provides an update on playing conditions for all the A.C. casinos. Basel Nestor provides an interesting and different perspective on the Martingale Betting System for non-counters (with a surprising recommendation). Tournament Pro The Babe writes about the Kid, a young player that he met many years ago in the blackjack tournament circuit. Read his article to see who the Kid is (you know him). John Grochowski answers reader's questions dealing with 6-5 blackjack games that are the only game in town, what the house edge is on a combination Place bet on 6 and 8, and when going for the kicker payoff in Double Double and Triple Bonus video poker games is worth it. As usual, we have a summary of upcoming major blackjack tournaments in casinos across the country courtesy of

I have good news on the great blackjack games in the Pennsylvania casinos. Mark Gruetze reports that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board recently voted to make all of the blackjack rules permanent - including S17, 3:2 payments on all blackjacks, and late surrender.Those apply to all Pennsylvania casinos and all blackjack games, low-limit and high-limit alike.The Board also will allow double-deck pitch games (up till now, all blackjack games had to be dealt from a shoe).

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Number of Hands in Blackjack by Dan Pronovost

This month's great "insider" article appeared in issue #39 of the BJI. Dan Pronovost studied and reported what the effect the number of table players has on the card counter's expectation.

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