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BJI Newsletter, April 2012, #147

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Joe Pane concludes his report on the recent Blackjack Ball by providing the answers to the test questions, naming the pros that made the final table, and describing some of the advantage plays that each finalist had to compete in to determine the ultimate winner of the coveted Grosjean Cup. We received questions from readers on Vinny DeCarlo's article last month on the Oregon Surveillance Network (OSN). This month, Vinny answers those questions about OSN. Sides bets in blackjack are sucker bets. Well, maybe not all side bets. Read KC Brook's article as he explains how to get the edge on one popular side bet. Stu D. Hoss reports on the blackjack playing conditions and amenities at two casinos located on Boulder Highway in Las Vegas (Boulder Station and Arizona Charlies) and another close by in the downtown area (the recently renovated Gold Spike). Basil Nestor has a very interesting article in which he calculated what the chance is for a player to win back an amount of money that he lost (must reading for basic strategy players and card counters). If you want longevity as a card counter, read the tips from Ralph Stricker, who played blackjack professionally for 27 years. John Grochowski answers readers questions about a player's concern over his accuracy with Hi Lo, what playing strategy changes you need to make when you play 9-7-5 vs. 10-7-5 Double Bonus poker, and the reason sports books haven't expanded to different gaming jurisdictions. If you want to learn what a Put bet is in craps, and when you should make it, read Frank Scoblete's article. Ever wonder if the video poker machine that you are playing is gaffed? So did Frank Kneeland, only he did something about it. Lastly, we have our schedule of major blackjack tournaments across the country, courtesy of

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This month's great "insider" article appeared in issue #39 of the BJI. Blackjack expert Fed Renzey explained how to "fudge" your index number for unbalanced counting systems to gain more accuracy.


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