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BJI Newsletter, February 2013, #157

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Last Minute Flash! Yours truly attended the 2013 Blackjack Ball on Jan. 26th and I finished in a tie for 5th place (with Anthony Curtis) in the challenging Blackjack Ball Test that was administered to the 102 blackjack pros in attendance. Next month, I'll include a copy of the test in the BJI, report on who made it to the final round, and who won the coveted Grosjean Cup.

This month's issue of BJI contains blackjack reports from the Stratosphere and Palace Station casinos in Las Vegas (by Stu D. Hoss); Binion's, California, D Las Vegas,and El Cortez casinos located in downtown Las Vegas (by KC Brooks); Hollywood, Argosy, Isle of Capri, Ameristar, and Harrah's casinos located in Kansas City (by JPB); and a Tunica trip report (by Riverboat Flyer). Vinny DeCarlo completes his two part series on secret casino scams (this time with photos showing how some of the scams work). You'll find two book excerpts in this issue. One gives the details on how to make $100 an hour playing double-deck games (by Bill "The GameMaster Channels), and the second is the amazing story of blackjack pro Kevin Blackwood's visit to a casino in Mississippi and another in Wendover (by Kevin Blackwood). If you want to learn how to win more money when you play blackjack by focusing on the "big" hands and worrying less about the "small" hands, read Basil Nestor's article, "Follow The Money." For craps players, Frank Scoblete explains why the worst trend in craps is to follow the trends. Last, but not least, we have the schedule of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of

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TAX HELP FOR GAMBLERS 2nd EDITION by Jean Scott and Marissa Chien

Tax Help for Gamblers (2nd Edition), now fully revised and updated to reflect changes in tax law since it was first published in 2007, deals with the innumerable nuances and gray areas of gambling and taxes. It covers all the whys and wherefores of this complex subject, including tax-code specifics, record-keeping, filing your tax return, state-tax considerations, and audits and other tax problems. Numerous charts and forms help you see the practical application of the information. This book is for recreational and professional gamblers, including low and high rollers, table-game and machine players, video poker and live poker players, online enthusiasts, international and cruise ship players, and people who live or gamble in states with income taxes. Whether you're a do-it-yourself tax filer or you use a tax professional, Tax Help for Gamblers is an indispensable guide to staying square with the taxman. For more details or to order, click here. (In this issue of BJI, read an excerpt from this book in the Spotlight Article.)

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