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BJI Newsletter, September 2013, #164

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This month's issue of the BJI begins with an interesting story from Vinny DeCarlo on how casinos opened the door for card markers when they decided to use less expensive playing cards. Eliot Jacobson's article analyzes the popular 21+3 blackjack side bet to determine if it could be beaten with card counting. A reader's question prompted Dan Pronovost to analyze a run count system using the High Low counting method (with interesting results). If you want to really understand pair splitting strategies in blackjack, read my article in this issue. We have detailed trip reports for casinos in Tunica, Biloxi, and Gulfport (by Riverboat Flyer), and another on several Indian casinos located in Arizona and California (by KC Brooks). Frank Scoblete wrote a nice tribute on two recent gambling writers who passed away, Bill Burton and Walter Thomason, and his team of reporters provide the current playing conditions (good and bad) in Atlantic City. John Grochowski does his usual excellent job answering player's questions on whether casinos can catch card counters in real time, the infamous Joker Wild video poker game offered in AC, and pit bosses harassing dice controllers. If you are a video poker player (or want to learn how to become one), don't miss reading Jerry "Stickmans" article that provides valuable playing strategies for full-pay, short-pay, and progressive Jacks or Better games. Last, but not least, we have a listing of upcoming blackjack tournaments, courtesy of

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