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BJI Newsletter, September 2012, #152

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I regret to inform you that BJI contributing writer Ralph Stricker passed away. I knew Ralph since my playing days in Atlantic City some 34 years ago. I was delighted when he agreed to write for the BJI, and his first article appeared in the March 2009 issue (#110). Even though his health was declining, he continued to pen dozens of articles for us over the past three years. He was a blackjack legend who will be missed. Rest in peace my friend.

On a happier note, I'm please to announce that Nathaniel Tilton will be contributing his expertise to the BJI. Tilton's new book, The Blackjack Life, details how he and a friend used a successful mix of camouflage techniques in their small team play to beat the casinos. I've read The Blackjack Life and it's an excellent book that describes in narrative Tilton's playing sessions in different casinos across the USA, as well as explain ("how to") the playing and betting methodologies they used to gain the edge, while staying under the casino radar. You will thoroughly enjoy his book (and you might pick up a few tidbits of strategy that will help your game). I highly recommend it. (See our POM below.)

I'm also pleased to announce an alliance with Casino Player (CP) magazine in which BJI subscribers can get a 12-month subscription for only $21. Many of you probably know that I write a blackjack column in CP each month. In addition, BJI contributing writers Frank Scoblete, Basil Nestor, Jerry "Stickman" Stich, Kevin Blackwood, and John Grochowski also write for Casino Player. It's a great lifestyle magazine, that will keep you current with everything that is going on in the world of casino gambling, and you'll read some great gambling tips from the best casino writers in the business. Click here to subscribe at this special rate.

The big news this month is from Atlantic City where the Golden Nugget casino lost 1.5 millions dollars to a group of baccarat players and then sued them! Frank Scoblete has the details in his Atlantic City report (the reason GN sued is unbelievable). Nathaniel Tilton describes the mix of camouflage techniques that he (and his partner) used to confuse the pit critters and afford them longer playing sessions. Vinny DeCarlo continues his series on casino cheats, this time with a story of a baccarat dealer at the old Dunes casino who thought he was being protected but DeCarlo thought otherwise. JPB hit the Tunica casinos, and even though he had good playing conditions, he had his worst session ever (variance, variance ... all card counters need to read this article). KC Brooks reports on the playing conditions at the Mirage and TI (Treasure Island) casinos, while Frank Scoblete and his team do the same for the casinos in Atlantic City. Basil Nestor summarizes five dumb moves that even experienced basic strategy players often make. If you want to learn the ins-and-outs of Blackjack Switch, check out my article in this issue. John Grochowski answers reader's question about several versions of Double Double video poker games, being barred using a progressive betting system at blackjack, and a bet (other than the odds bet) that had no house advantage. Frank Kneeland writes an interesting article about the beginning era of video poker in casinos, including the lack of any software to do the math (must reading if you are a video poker buff). Last, but not least, we have the schedule of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of


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In the Article Spotlight
From the Inside by The Suit

The Spotlight article this month appeared in issue #60 of BJI. The Suit, a former casino floor supervisor and shift manager, offers tips to advantage players on how they should act the first time they visit a new casino. Click here to read the article.

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