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BJI Newsletter, January 2013, #156

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We begin our first issue of the New Year with an excerpt from Bill ("The GameMaster") Channel's excellent new book, "The (Darn Near) Complete Book of Winning at Blackjack" on understanding risk when you play blackjack (this is a great, concise, explanation of risk). Channel wrote several excellent articles for the BJI, and one of them, on how to beat the double-deck game, is in this issue. Vinny DeCarlo took on the task of summarizing all the casino scams he was involved in during his long illustrious career in casino surveillance (some of the scams are hard to believe). Ever wonder why you keep losing, when you think you are playing skillfully? Read Basil Nestor's article for some tips that will help you sort out the facts. Mark Gruetze penned an interesting article on the new yield-management software that is being used by one casino in Pennsylvania to help determine when to open or close table games, when to raise or lower table minimums, and when to schedule dealers and other floor workers (check out the hands per hour statistic for a player playing alone). We have blackjack reports from popular locals casinos located south of Las Vegas in Henderson (Green Valley Ranch and Fiesta Henderson casinos with very good double-deck games by KC Brooks), and the Aliante casino in North Las Vegas, which had a recent management change (by Stu D. Hoss). Frank Scoblete shares his thoughts on what could be done to get the casinos in AC out of their doldrums. In addition, his Atlantic City Blackjack Report contains a very detail report on the new Revel Casino by blackjack reporter Herbert. This month's Casino Answer Man column (John Grochowski) has some interesting questions dealing with the effects that high tech blackjack tables have on player's comps, the interesting new video poker game called Winning Streak, and "secondary decision" programs that could control the losing results on video poker and slot machines. Last, but not least, we have the schedule of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of

Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Henry Tamburin




Bill Channels is a contributing writer to BJI and host of the popular web site Channel's new book is the next-best thing to having him sit with you at the table. He will help you develop the skills you need to give you a long-term edge at the game. The lessons in the book will take you systematically through the process of learning how to play each hand properly, how to count cards, how much to bet, when to deviate from basic strategy, team play, and other techniques that advantage players use to extract money from casinos. Contains separate sections on how to beat the single-deck game, double-deck game, and the multi-deck games. The book also contains excellent advice on tournament playing strategy (the author is a tournament expert). I've known Bill from my playing days in Atlantic City and his new book is an accurate, complete winning guide for beginners and experience players. Bill is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend his book (available at a discount at our BJI store). (In this issue of BJI, read an excerpt from his book on Understanding Risk, and his Spotlight Article on Double-Deck Blackjack.)

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More on Playing Double-Deck Blackjack by The GameMaster

This article on how to beat the double-deck game appeared in issue #95 of the BJI. Written by Bill ("The GameMaster") Channels, the author of the new book THE (DARN NEAR) COMPLETE BOOK OF WINNING AT BLACKJACK. Click here to read the article.

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