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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, May 2005, #64


You will find updated blackjack playing conditions in Las Vegas and where you'll find some of the best (and worst) games there in these articles/reports this month: Wynn Las Vegas (By LV Tournament Pro), Barfarkel's Trip Report, and the Bear Growls. Speaking of Wynn Las Vegas, LV Tournament Pro may have set of record for getting barred from playing blackjack in a new casino (read what happened in his report). For Atlantic City players, Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete provide the latest playing conditions and best casinos to play along with a recommendation of where to go and chill and do nothing on your next trip to AC. 24/7 blackjack tournaments? Yep, this is a reality and Kenneth Smith reports on where and how. Rick "Cowboy" Jensen describes his experience in the World Series of Blackjack (Rick made it to the finals). Eliot "The Mayor" Jacobson explains why most folks conduct themselves in a casino in a way that leads to losing money and what you can do about it. Likewise Kevin Blackwood offers tips on how to avoid making some of the more common mistakes when you play blackjack. Bill Burton's poker column is all about starting hands - specifically which ones you should play. For dice controllers, Dan Pronovost explains how to use his new craps software, Smart Craps, to compute your edge and optimize your dice set. I've got a final summary of the World Series of Blackjack and Kenneth Smith provides a summary of upcoming blackjack tournaments.

A final reminder... the Gambler's Jamboree will be held the weekend of May 21 and 22 at Casino Winsdor across the border from Detroit. Go to for a description of the 40+ seminars that will be offered during this gala two day event including the two seminars that I will be giving on blackjack. I look forward to meeting Blackjack Insider subscribers at the Jamboree.

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"When I was asked to cover the opening of Wynn Resorts for BJI, my first reaction was, "this will be good." So I set things in motion and called Wynn Resorts and asked for press credentials. I did this so that I wouldn't have to deal with the mass of people that were expected to be there once the doors were open to the general public..."

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"So… you've practiced your dice control, recorded a few hundred throws, and pass some (or all) of the Pro Tests. Does this mean you're going to make a killing at the casino? What is your player edge (or expectation) on different bets?..."

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LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT-Feb. 2005, Part 2 by Barfarkel (aka LV Pro)

"A break-in dealer at one of the downtown joints was dealing the single-deck 75%-80% deep! I was astounded. I played for two hours, which is way too long for this sweaty grind joint, but when you find penetration on a single-deck game like this, it's hard to walk away from it. Using a smaller-than-usual spread, I won $200..."

Read Barfarkel's complete article.


"Avid tournament fans are celebrating after Global Player Online Casino rocked the tournament blackjack world in April. GP introduced a new online tournament format that brings 24/7 availability to competitive blackjack. Their new "Sit and Go" Blackjack Tournaments are single-table events where five players face off to see who's the best..."

Read Smith's complete article.

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"An "idiotic bill by Senator Nolan" and "Shame on Binion's and the Golden Nugget" are the latest rants by LVBear..."

Read The Bear's complete article.

GAMBLING PROVERBS by Kevin Blackwood

"Like the Rorschach inkblot test, different people will view blackjack through a myriad of different lenses. Some players, enticed by the glitter of gold, will see card counting as their ticket to easy money. Now blackjack can be a great way to make a living, but in reality, winning at the tables is anything but easy. Professional blackjack players often ride a roller coaster of emotions that are reminiscent of Dickens' quote, "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times..."

Read Blackwood's complete article.

ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete

"The best games are still at Taj Mahal and Borgata, for 6-deck shoes, but Tropicana is now utilizing many 6-deck games as well and their penetration has recently been reported as around 75 percent, which is not bad at all. The table minimums go through the roof during the warm weather and on weekends you'll be hard pressed to find many $10 games. Finding $5 games on a Saturday night could be like looking for Godot..."

Read Scoblete's and Paone's complete article.

PAVLOV IN LAS VEGAS by Eliot Jacobson

"Why would anyone conduct themselves in a casino in a way that leads to losing money? Many players argue that gambling is an entertainment expense and that they are entitled to spend their money in any way they choose. But of course! I can hardly argue this point. It is simply true that some people find giving their money to large greedy corporations who use every tool at their disposal to suck even more money from the players to be a fun and entertaining experience..."

Read Jacobson's complete article.

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MY EXPERIENCES IN THE WSOB by Rick "Cowboy" Jensen

"Getting selected as a contestant for GSN's World Series of Blackjack II was great, what else can I say? This is the only tournament where you are paid to play (you were guaranteed to win $500 even if you finished dead last in your first round) plus you also had the chance to win a quarter of a million dollars..."

Read Jensen's complete article.


"The most important decision you will make when playing Texas Hold'em is choosing your starting hands. Most players lose because they play too many hands..."

Read Burton's complete article.


"Finall results of who played and who won in the World Series of Blackjack II..."

Read Tamburin's complete article.


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

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