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BJI Newsletter, December 2012, #155

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This month Vinny DeCarlo summarizes an ugly "racial" incident that occurred in a Las Vegas casino in the 1970s (yes, Las Vegas was very much a segregated city during this time). JPB rushed me his St. Louis trip report so you can take advantage of a terrific blackjack game that he found. Mark Gruetze visited three casinos in the Western part of Pennsylvania, and he summarizes the playing conditions in his article. Frank Scoblete writes about his experience with Hurricane Sandy, and reporter Herbert summarizes the financial impact the storm had on the casinos in Atlantic City. If you ever want to learn about the Global Gaming Expo (known as G2E) that is held in Las Vegas annually, read Stu D. Hoss's article on his first-time experience at this mammoth industry expo. There is a way for basic strategy players to boost their returns and that's to learn some advanced basic strategy plays (read my article for the details). John Grochowski has an informative answer to the question of why some casinos have five spots on their blackjack tables and others seven. I'm high on the new 2013 American Casino Guide (ACG) book, and Matt Bourie (Associate Editor) wrote an article on exactly what this new edition contains (see also our Product of the Month below for information on the book and the ACG app.) Last, but not least, read Jean Scott's article for some solid advice on how to put the fun back into your gambling experience.

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Have a Merry Christmas and Healthy and Happy New Year!

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In the Article Spotlight

Eliot Jacobson wrote an excellent article on progressive betting systems in issue #62 of BJI. If you are using a progressive betting system, or plan to use one, you need to read his article.

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    "In the 70's, an African American had about as good a chance of being treated fairly in a Las Vegas casino as a 7 spot Keno ticket. I remember one certain incident where this giant African American man (his name was Charles) was walking through the casino when he was suddenly surrounded by three little whitey know-it-all casino security guards..."

    Read DeCarlo's complete article.


    "I usually try to cover at least three casinos in a trip report, but on my recent visit to St. Louis. I only had time to visit two casinos. However, because the playing conditions at one of the casinos was so good, I decided to write this trip report..."

    Read JPB's complete article.


    "Pennsylvania, which ranks No. 3 nationwide for consumer spending on casino gaming, has some of the most player-friendly blackjack rules in the country. Here's a look at the playing conditions in three casinos in western part of the state..."

    Read Gruetze's complete article.

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    "Thanks to a friend of a friend, I had the opportunity to attend the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas in early October. For those of you who aren't familiar, G2E is the premier trade show and conference event for the global gaming industry. In this article, I'll attempt to capture the exhibit-hall experience, as well as, share some of my adventures, observations, and things I learned..."

    Read Hoss' complete article.


    "It's no secret that the basic playing strategy is the optimal way to play your hand when the only information you consider is your hand total and the dealer's upcard. This scientifically accurate strategy will cut the house edge to a measly half a percent or so, depending upon the precise rules. However, you can do even better than this by employing the following advanced basic strategy plays..."

    Read Tamburin's complete article.

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    "The main reason that players really love this book is all of the money-saving cut-out coupons located in the back. For 2013, we have a whopping 203 money-saving coupons that can be used in many casinos throughout the U.S. (However, the majority is for the Las Vegas area.) These include 2-for-1 buffets, 2-for-1 show tickets, free drinks, special room rates, and most importantly, there are many gambling coupons. By using just a few of the coupons, you'll recoup the cost of the book..."

    Read Bourie's complete article.


    "Here are some solid tips from the Queen of Comps on how you can put the fun back into your gambling..."

    Read Scott's complete article.

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