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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, Dec. 2004, #59


We welcome our new BJI writer this month, The Suit, who has 14 years of experience in the pit and has thrown out some of the worlds best advantage players. He will be offering invaluable advice to advantage players on how you can get away with getting the money. Don't miss reading it! We've also got an exclusive report on blackjack tournaments on the Internet by our tournament expert Kenneth Smith. For many years Tommy Hyland ran successful high stakes card counting teams. Read how he did it in Steven Bourie's fascinating interview with Hyland. LV Tournament Pro says "Bah Humbug" to several casinos on Flamingo Road. Read why in his Las Vegas Blackjack Report. Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete give the scoop on the blackjack changes at the Borgata and the Sands (one good and one not so good) plus their recommendation on which casino currently offers the best blackjack game in town. Barfarkel (a.k.a., LV Pro) took another trip to Sin City in November and played mostly the juicy double deckers Downtown. He also attended the Green Chip party and autographed his new book, You've Got Heat, to fellow Green Chippers. His report contains all the details including some valuable information on how you can profit from the Lucky Ladies and Royal Match side bets. My Inside the World Series of Blackjack report lists the contestants who played against each other in the preliminary rounds including the tentative dates that each round will air on GSN (cable TV). Finally, we've got the latest tournament schedule courtesy of

I'll be playing the LVH Million Dollar BJ Tournament in December, maybe the Frontier Tournament, and also attending the Blackjack Ball in January. I'll report back in the January issue of BJI. Have a Happy Holiday and Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

You've Got Heat-The Vegas Card Counting Adventures of LV Pro

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E-mail subscribers can also read each month's issue online at our web site: BJI Issue #59, Dec. 2004.

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" This month I've listed the names of the contestants in each preliminary round of the WSOB and the tentative times each round will be televised..."

Read Tamburin's complete article.

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"What Tells are you giving to casino personnel? What price are you paying? Do you want to learn how to play without getting heat? Do you really know how the pit works, how they think, what they think of you, "The Advantage Player?.."

Read The Suit's complete article.


"One of the most successful card counting teams in the world is run by Tommy Hyland. I first saw Hyland about four years ago on the CBS TV show "48 Hours." They did a segment on card counters and, through the use of a hidden camera, Hyland was shown being ejected from a major Las Vegas Strip casino by a pit boss that recognized him as a counter..."

Read Bourie's complete article.

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LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT (November) by Barfarkel (a.k.a. LV Pro)

"I was starting this trip with a bankroll of $11,700. For the past year?maybe the last five or six trips?I haven't been able to increase the BR significantly. A winning trip would be followed by a loss, then another loss and a small win and so on, back and forth, and I had not been able to jump my stakes up in any major way. Still, I decided to stick with the $15 unit and spread 1-10 on red tables and go 1-6 in green on $25 minimum games, using a max bet of $150 throughout..."

Read Barfarkel's complete article.


"There is an adage that says "The Key to success in Business is Location, Location, Location." Well to paraphrase that saying "The key to success in Texas Hold'em is "Position, Position, Position." Yet the majority of the newer players and some of the older ones either have no idea about the importance of position or they simply choose to ignore it. Before we even start to discuss starting hands you need to understand the importance of position..."

Read Burton's complete article.

ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete

"You all may have noticed that in the last issue of Blackjack Insider, we wrote that Borgata was bringing in 8-deck games. They were. But guess what? They got so much heat from customers who loved their 6-deckers that Borgata decided to change their changes and went back to an all 6-deck casino. (Unless they change back again!). That's the good news..."

Read Paone's and Scoblete's complete article.

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"Imagine being able to participate in a blackjack tournament whenever you'd like, twenty-four hours a day, with no travel required. Based on the current state of online blackjack tournaments, I think we could see that happen within the next twelve months. It's an exciting time for avid tournament fans..."

Read Smith's complete article.


"This month's report will feature three casinos on the west side of Flamingo Road. We all know that flamingos are pretty pink birds of paradise but like Paradise Road, Flamingo Road is not a pretty place to play blackjack. As a matter of fact the only thing you might find if you decide to play here is the same thing you would get if you stood under a tree full of well-fed birds. If you get the drift.

Read Tournament Pro's complete article.


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

Read the complete article.

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