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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, March 2005, #62


Beginning this month, Dan Pronovost (developer of Speed Count) will be starting a new series on craps to introduce his just-released software and incredible new research on dice control (you'll learn how dice controllers can prove their claims that they get the edge at craps). If you use a progressive betting system at blackjack, you definitely need to read Eliot Jacobson's article on Betting Systems. Parker has received many blackjack questions over the three years he has hosted his Parker Pages at He summarizes the top 10 most common questions in his first article in BJI. Our ace BJ reporter, LV Tournament Pro, went on what he describes as a "painful adventure" to the casinos located on the North end of the Strip to scout blackjack playing conditions. Read what he found along with his usual blunt assessment of casino policies in his latest Las Vegas BJ report. We've also got a report on blackjack conditions on riverboats in the Midwest (Midwest Riverboat Pro) and another from Atlantic City (Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete). Frank also describes an unusual playing experience that happened to us playing together on the same table (poor Frank). Kenneth Smith provides an analysis of what first appeared to be a confusing tournament play. If you play poker (who doesn't these days?) and you don't know what an "out' is, better read Bill Burton's All About Poker column before you ante up again. And last but not least we have the conclusion of Barfarkel's December trip to Sin City (it wasn't pretty), more Bear Growls from LV Bear, and our updated schedule of blackjack tournaments from Kenneth Smith.

I recently taught another Golden Touch Blackjack (GTB) course featuring Speed Count in Atlantic City to an enthusiastic group of students. In just one weekend of training they learned how to get an edge over the casino. One student said it best went he wrote on his course feedback form, "I was surprised at how simple Speed Count really is." Our next GTB course is in Las Vegas the weekend of April 16th. Classes fill up quickly. For details visit

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E-mail subscribers can also read each month's issue online at our web site: BJI Issue #62, March 2005.

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    "Can anyone honestly get an edge over the casino playing craps?" Before I answer this question, let me start by saying that this is a very controversial subject, and will raise the shackles of many 'experts' (maybe even you, fine reader!). But before you judge too quickly, please be fair, and read the analysis presented here..."

    Read Pronovost's complete article.

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    LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT (Part 2) by Barfarkel (a.k.a. LV Pro)

    "Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, I ran into a buzz saw of a session this morning at NYNY. In for $ for $600... well I'm sure you've all been there. No matter what I did, wonging out, spreading to two hands, taking insurance at the index, etc, nothing worked and another $1,100 slipped through my fingers like confetti. Damn! I'm now down $2,800 for the trip and a quarter of my bankroll has all too quickly vanished into thin air. Oh well, things can't get much worse. Or can they..."

    Read Barfarkel's complete article.


    "A progression betting pattern is one that bases the current wager on the previous amount wagered and the result of the previous hand. Many authors write books about these systems, claiming they will win if combined with stop-loss and money management methods. Because of their simplicity, many people try them at the tables. Most lose. Some win..."

    Read Jacobson's complete article.

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    "During the three years in which I have been hosting the Parker Pages, I have noted that certain questions keep popping up. Here are ten of the more common ones, in no particular order, along with my answers and comments..."

    Read Parker's complete article.


    "The first casino that I visited on the North end of the Strip was the "STARBUST." You might know it as the Stardust but to me and a number of excellent blackjack and tournament players it will always be the "STARBUST". They are card counter paranoid there and as a matter of fact I believe that if you went from 1 pancake on your dish in the buffet to 5 pancakes they would create a "GRIFFIN" flyer on you for spreading too much batter..."

    Read Tournament Pro's complete article.

    RIVERBOAT BLACKJACK REPORT by Midwest Riverboat Pro

    "It was another frigid February morning in the Midwest, but the roads were clear and so was my purpose. I was ready to fatten my bankroll by using my card counting skills at the blackjack tables. On this day I decided to tally the high and low cards at three river boat casinos in Southeastern Indiana. After a hero's breakfast, I downed an extra dose of vitamin C to help minimize second hand smoke damage, stuffed a protein bar in my jacket, grabbed a fist full of Benjis and started the 90 minute drive to the Belterra casino located just outside of Florence, Indiana..."

    Read RiverBoat's complete article.

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    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete

    "This story didn't happen in Atlantic City but it is instructive nevertheless. I was playing a great two-deck game at a casino I shall not disclose. This was just three days ago as I write this. At my table were Henry Tamburin and Dominator. We were all using Speed Count, which is very hard for the casinos to detect since it operates somewhat differently than a normal card counting system. What happened to me over the course of the next 20 hands was unbelievable..."

    Read Scoblete's and Paone's complete article.


    "Confusing tournament situations are the rule rather than the exception, but an incident during a recent online tournament really had me going. I'll set up the scenario..."

    Read Smith's complete article.


    "In poker your outs are the unseen cards that will complete or improve your hand to make it the winning hand. Each additional card or "Out" will improve the probability of making your hand. You will compare the odds of making your hand to the pot odds that we discussed last month to make a determination as to whether or not it is profitable to continue with your hand. known as Pot Odds..."

    Read Burton's complete article.

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    "The Golden Nugget attempted to cheat a patron out of $48,600. The Nevada Gaming Control board levied a fine of only $30,000 for this incident. No casino employee has gone to jail for attempting to cheat the patron. The fine is so absurd that it's laughable..."

    Read The Bear's complete article.

    WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK 2005 -STATUS by Henry Tamburin

    " I've summarized the status of the World Series of Blackjack 2005 through seven rounds and the schedule of the remaining shows including the semi-final and final championship round where one player will win a cool quarter million dollars..."

    Read Tamburin'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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