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BJI Newsletter, May 2017, #208

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We begin our May newsletter with three blackjack reports: The D and Golden Gate Casinos in Las Vegas (by Stu D. Hoss); eight casinos in Tunica (by Riverboat Flyer); and two casinos located in Arkansas that are close to the Tunica market (by Jerry "Stickman.") Based on his experience in playing blackjack in Kansas City, JPB concludes his two-part series on the history of Kansas City blackjack . Most blackjack players don't know who George Hascik is. Check out the excerpt ("The Long Shot") from Legends of Blackjack to find out who he was, what he did, and how he formed a famous card-counting team that beat casinos here and aboard. Nicholas Colon, a former member of the M.I.T. card counting team, shows proof that casinos spend an inordinate amount of time and money trying to catch card counters, when in the long run, it costs them more money than they gain. In 2014, I had an epic streak of royal flushes playing video poker. My article explains the streak, and contains information on a new video poker class that I will be teaching in August (see below). Paul Wilson offers some great tips on how we should prepare ourselves to be in peak condition to do battle with the casinos. If you built a brand new casino, would you make it completely non-smoking? One casino owner in Biloxi went out on a limb and did just that; read what happened next in the interview by Mark Gruetze. John Grochowski answers reader's questions dealing with the 'free" odds bets in craps; the correct playing strategy for holding three aces in Super Double Bonus video poker; and a story from a blackjack player who witnessed a player consistently hitting every hand to 20 and 21.

Video Poker Class: On Friday, August 18, I'll be teaching a public video poker class in Las Vegas. If you want to learn how to play and win at video poker, click here for the details on the class.

How Slot Machines Work: My friends at 888casino (the company that published my Ultimate Blackjack Strategy Guide book) has launched an amazing web page that graphically shows and explains how a slot machine works, and the parts that make a slot game attractive and fun to play. You can explore the slot machine and reels by pressing the 360 button on the page, and zoom in and out with your computer mouse. You'll enjoy the graphics and learn something about slot machines. Check it out here.

Enjoy the issue!

Henry Tamburin

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    SHUFFLE TRACKING 101 - Part 1 by Mark Billings

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    "My streak of royal flushes began on September 10, 2014, in Mississippi when I hit a royal flush on a 9/6 Jacks or Better single-line progressive machine. Five days later on a subsequent trip to the same casino, I hit another royal flush. Hitting two royal flushes on consecutive trips to the same casino is certainly exciting but it's nothing compared to what happened next..."

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