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BJI Newsletter, January 2014, #168

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We are extending our special deal for BJI subscribers for the new 2014 American Casino Guide. If Santa didn't leave you a copy of this great book, you can get it for only only $12.95 (retail $18.95). Use just one coupon in the back of the book, and you'll easily recoup the purchase price. (It contains the street addresses, toll-free phone numbers, web addresses, list of amenities, etc. for every casino in the US. I refer to this book many times during the year, and use many of the 2 for 1 buffet and restaurant coupons it contains when I'm in Las Vegas or elsewhere. This best-selling book is a winner and a steal at only $12.95!) Click here for details.

Vinny DeCarlo has written a groundbreaking article this month that explains how a casino was recently whacked for 33 million dollars, using their own surveillance cameras! (You won't find information on how this team of crooks got away with this high-tech heist anywhere else except in the BJI.) We have several blackjack and trip reports this month that include tips on which casinos offer the best blackjack games (including the best double-deck game in the country), as well as the amenities offered by each casino. They include the Cosmopolitan and Aria casinos in Las Vegas (Stu D. Hoss); several casinos in Laughlin, NV (KC Brooks), several in St. Louis (JPB); and the River's Casino in Pittsburgh, PA (Mark Gruetze). If you use a progressive betting system when you play blackjack, you may want to read my article on this controversial topic. Jean Scott's excerpt on Casino Hosts concludes this month (great advice), while Frank Scoblete offers tips on how to "break up" match play and free bet coupons. Last, but not least, Jerry "Stickman" gives a great overview of Deuces Wild video poker, including a complete playing strategy.

Note: There were relatively few blackjack tournaments scheduled in January, so we will resume our Blackjack Tournament Schedule next month.


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Read this great interview with Las Vegas Attorney Bob Nersesian that appeared in issue 102 of the BJI. Nersesian is famous for successfully defending the civil rights of advantage players from the often bullying and illegal tactics used by casinos to harass them. (He is also the author of the book, Beat The Players.) If you are an advantage player, don't miss reading the advice given by Nersesian in the interview. Read the article by clicking here.

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