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BJI Newsletter, May 2012, #148

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Beginning this month, Vinny DeCarlo will be presenting a series of articles (all true) dealing with casino cheating (by players and dealers). The first one involved the use of Florida beach sand and superglue to cheat at blackjack (unbelievable story). Basic strategy players need to read Basil Nestor's article on Your Real-World Bankroll for advice on how much bankroll you should have when you play. We have reports of blackjack playing conditions from six Las Vegas casinos, five Tunica casinos, and all the Atlantic City casinos. KC Brooks reports on playing conditions at Monte Carlo, Excalibur, and NYNY casinos, and Stu D. Hoss reports on conditions at Sam's Town, Eastside Cannery, and Longhorn casinos. Riverboat Flyer reports on conditions at Gold Strike, Horseshoe, Fitz, Hollywood, and Resorts casinos in Tunica. Meanwhile, Frank Scoblete and his team of reports give the scoop on the newest casino in A.C. (Revel), and provide an update on playing conditions in all of the casinos located there. Ralph Stricker offers pointers on how to master basic strategy and card counting. Read John Grochowski's Q&A for an interesting answer to the question of whether a player's extraordinary loss will increase his comps. Frank Kneeland's article on "Doubt Hunting Part 2" is delayed one month to give him more time to finalize and check the spreadsheet that will allow you to determine if a video poker machine is gaffed. Instead, Kneeland's article this month will give you food for thought as he explains why our mind often plays tricks on us when we gamble. Lastly, we have our schedule of major blackjack tournaments across the country, courtesy of

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WORLD'S GREATEST JOB by Kevin Blackwood

This month's great "insider" article appeared in issue #40 of the BJI. Read professional player Kevin Blackwood's tale of how he won over a million dollars playing solo at single- and double-deck games in casinos around the word. Kevin Blackwood is also the co-author of the outstanding eBook Legends of Blackjack, which describes the players who beat the casinos for millions. Click here for more information on his book (including a sample chapter).



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    "This will be the first of a few never released (casino cheating) stories that are, well...true. They might have happened a few years ago but they are completely true. Here's the first one..."

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    Read Brooks's complete article.


    "e continue this month with the second of a two-part look at blackjack conditions on the Boulder Strip, located on the east side of Las Vegas. This month, I ventured to Sam's Town, then next door to the Eastside Cannery, and across the street to the Longhorn casino..."

    Read Hoss' complete article.


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