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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, June 2004, #53


Here's the skinny on what you'll find in this months issue of BJI. The showdown between Frank Scoblete and the folks at the Sands. An alternate betting strategy for card counters that improves win rate (Dan Pronovost). Some good blackjack games in Biloxi (JPH) and so-so games in Connecticut (Bill Burton). Preliminary results of LV Pro's May trip to Sin City (a real bummer). Tips on when, and when not to, split your bankroll in tournament play (Kenneth Smith). Plus an updated summary of major blackjack tournaments across the USA and mini-tournaments in Las Vegas.

We've also included a short yes/no survey from the producers of the Travel Channel show "Las Vegas, What Would You Do If ...?" They would like subscribers of BJI to complete the survey which will be tabulated and shown during the show. The survey won't take long (just click yes or no to each question) and you'll have fun doing it. After you complete the survey just click on Submit Survey. By the way, the producers (R. C. Entertainment) are looking for about 30 extras to stand in during gambling scenes for the filming next week (June 22-24) at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. If interested contact Gregg at 1-818-754-5454 for details.

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E-mail subscribers can also read each month's issue online at our web site: BJI Issue #53, June 2004.

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"In last month's May BJI newsletter, LV Pro interviewed "The Grifter" ( In the interview, The Grifter talks about an interesting card counter's technique called the "Grifter's Gambit". The strategy refers to flipping the normal card counter's strategy of spreading to more hands as the count becomes advantageous for the player, and instead playing less hands. In the Gambit method, you start by playing three small bet hands by default, and reduce to one much larger bet hand as the count increases. This method can be applied to any card counting system.

Read Pronovost's complete article.

ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete

"I decided to play (at the Sands) in the afternoon. I gave in my player's card, took out a marker, and waited. The floorperson, Frank, came over and immediately introduced himself and we shook hands. "You won't be mistreated as you were last time but I have to say, you do what you've gotta do and I'll do what I've gotta do. We've been waiting for you to show up. You're a man of your word..."

Read Paone and Scoblete's complete article.


"Summer has arrived in Connecticut. The dead giveaway is not so much the soaring temperatures, as it is the soaring table limits at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos. During the winter months you can usually find a five dollar game early in the morning during the week but when the summer tourists arrive these games disappear faster than an Ice Cream cone in the hot afternoon sun..."

Read Burton's complete article.

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"Upon arrival to the Beau Rivage, I was pleased to see the hotel was not very crowded. I prefer to play blackjack with no more than two or three at the table. I checked into my beautiful comp'd room with a bay view and was ready to go to "work"..."

Read PJH's complete article.

LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT - May 2004 (Part 1) by LV Pro

"There were no open tables at my hotel's casino so I drove to Casino Royale. I had to decompress from the drive and ease back into counting rhythm so I chose to do so initially for low stakes. The one decent $10 double-deck table was deserted so I bought in for $200 and played until they told me they wanted to close down my table at 3:30 am. By this time I had bought in for an additional $200. I was down at first, struggled to get to within $30 of even, and then lost it all on a disastrous series of losing high-count bets. Ok, down $400 after the first hour of play. Not my best start to a trip..."

Read LV PRO's complete article.

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"One item from last month's article provoked some discussion that made me think I should elaborate on one of the points I made, specifically, "Keep enough money to split, unless you have a good reason." I wanted to revisit this topic, and make clear that there are often good reasons to ignore splitting considerations..."

Read Smith's complete article.


"Check out the schedule of mini-tournaments in Las Vegas..."

Read Tournament Pro's complete article.


"Check out the schedule of major blackjack tournaments by region in our Blackjack Tournament Report..."

Read the complete article.

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