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BJI Newsletter, February 2014, #169

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Sorry to bring this up but it's tax filing time. Heed this fact: the complete tax implications of winning and losing at gambling is pretty much a mystery to gamblers. That is unless you have a copy of Jean Scott's and Marissa Chien's revised and updated second edition of their authoritative book Tax Help for Gamblers. You can avoid a dreaded IRS audit (ignorance of tax laws is no excuse) by following the advice in their book when you file your state and federal taxes. Read more by clicking here.

We've postponed the second part of Vinny DeCarlo's article (Turning the Tables on Surveillance) until the March BJI and in its place we have another groundbreaking story by Vinny. This month he has the inside scoop on the status of casino surveillance in several Colorado casinos. I attended the 2014 Blackjack Ball last month and report on what went down at this annual get together of blackjack pros (my report includes this year's Blackjack Ball test questions... give it a try). We have several blackjack reports this month that include three North Las Vegas casinos (Opera House, Silver Nugget and Jerry's Nugget by Stu D. Hoss); two casinos located on Tropicana Ave. at the south end of the Strip (Hooters and Orleans by KC Brooks); three located in central Kansas (Prairie Band, Golden Eagle, and Sac n Fox by JPB); and all the casinos in Atlantic City (by Frank Scoblete, who also reports on the recent demise of the Atlantic Club casino in his report). Kenneth Smith recently spent some time in New Jersey to check out the new online gambling being offered there and reports on what he found. John Grochowski responds to questions dealing with why casinos offer bad video poker and 6-5 blackjack games, and the bonuses on video slot machines. Jerry "Stickman" presents playing strategies for short-pay deuces wild video poker games, including NSUDW. Lastly, we have a summary of major blackjack tournaments courtesy of


Tax Help for Gamblers

TAX HELP FOR GAMBLERS: POKER AND OTHER CASINO GAMES (Second Edition) by Jean Scott and Marissa Chien

Seasoned gambling pro Jean Scott and Enrolled Agent Marissa Chien (also a gambler, but more importantly, a professional tax consultant) have compiled the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date book available on the subject of gambling and taxes. (This is the newly revised and updated second edition). To order the (discounted) book, click here.

Enjoy this issue!

Henry Tamburin

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BLACKJACK AND TAXES: Strategies to Help You Keep More of What You Win by Basil Nestor

This article, which appeared in issue #130 of BJI, is a great primer on taxes and gambling. (See also our Product of the Month).

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