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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, Sept. 2005, #68


Having survived Hurricane Katrina (yes I evacuated but thankfully had no property damage), I'm ready to get back to the business of publishing this newsletter. LV Tournament Pro reports on the blackjack playing conditions in several Las Vegas casinos located on Boulder Highway and Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete report on the casinos in Atlantic City. John Grochowski enlightens us on blackjack side bets while Fred Renzey explains why we must play some hands against our instincts. I describe the ten hands in blackjack that are the most profitable for players and The Suit explains why blackjack games have been changing for the worse. Many novice tournament players have been caught in the "surrender trap" and Rick "Cowboy" Jensen explains why. LV Tournament Pro continues his report on finding a home for the new 2 Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament and poker pro Bill Burton offers advice on how to play The Turn in Texas Hold'em.

I'm happy to report that two of our BJI writers who live in Mississippi- Ken Smith and The Low Roller- are OK and survived Hurricane Katrina. Their BJI columns will return next month. As most of you know the property damage and loss of life in this part of the country was unbelievable. If you haven't already, please consider donating money through reputable hurricane relief agencies such as (1-800-HELPNOW), (1-800-919-9338), (1-800-SAL-ARMY) and (1-800-344-8070).

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LV Tournament Pro reports that the Santa Fe casino in Las Vegas has started a new weekly blackjack mini-tournament and it's a good one. The entry fee is $50 but you get a $25 Matchplay coupon in return plus all entry fees are returned in prize money and first place is a guaranteed $2,000 regardless of the number of players. For details of this and other mini-tournaments, click here.

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E-mail subscribers can also read each month's issue online at our web site: BJI Issue #68, Sept. 2005.

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    "When we speak about blackjack conditions on the strip, they are getting worse before they are getting better. More 6 to 5 single deck blackjack games are appearing everyday and even now you'll find a 6 to 5 double deck game at O'Sheas casino (no kidding). On Boulder Highway the locals know better, or at least they used to, since 6 to 5 games were rare because the somewhat savvy local gambler would not play them..."

    Read LV Tournament Pro's complete article.

    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete

    "The blackjack games tend to have a slight dip in table minimums in September. That simply means that you can find a five-dollar game now and again. Don't hold your breath looking for them, though, as you will probably die before you find one..."

    Read Paone's and Scoblete's complete article.

    BLACKJACK SIDE BETS by John Grochowski

    "Blackjack side bets and game variations come and go, having their moments of popularity before one of two things happens. Either players learn by trial and error that the side bet is taking their money too fast, or somebody figures out how to beat the game..."

    Read Grochowski's complete article.

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    "When I was first learning to play blackjack in the mid-70's, there were several plays in the basic strategy that just went against my grain. Thirty years later, I realize I was not alone. It's really kind of funny that millions of people play blackjack, yet the vast majority of them misplay the same hands. So let's look at some of those hands, and discuss why the right play is the right play after all..."

    Read Renzey's complete article.


    "How many different starting hands can you get when you play blackjack? If you forget about card suits, which have no role in blackjack, and consider that the picture cards and the 10 are essentially equivalent, there are 33 possible hands. The following ten are the most profitable for you..."

    Read Tamburin's complete article.


    "The game of "21" or "Blackjack" has evolved over many years. It's changed from a "Great Game" where a single deck dealt of cards was dealt to the bottom, dealers manually peaked at their hole card, cards were hand shuffled, players could double on any two cards, and many other traditional rules to a game dealt from up to eight deck of cards often being cut in half or sometimes even more, shuffle machines, peekers, restrictions on how you may play your hands, and well, you can figure out where I am going from here..."

    Read The Suit's complete article.

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    "When you sit down at a tournament blackjack table for the first time, it is a good idea to know exactly what to do and what you may encounter. Here are some pointers to help you..."

    Read Jensen's complete article.


    "Not easily discouraged, Joe Pane continues his quest to find a casino, any casino, to hold this tournament. He has a meeting with the new owners of Binions, who seem real interested in this proposal especially since they no longer have the rights to the WSOP tournament. At the meeting the casino manager says he likes the concept but will have to get the OK from his boss..."

    Read LV Tournament Pro's complete article.

    ALL ABOUT POKER-Playing the Turn by Bill Burton

    "In limit Texas Hold'em the Turn is the turning point in the hand. The betting limits are doubled and you have seen 86 % of your final hand. With one card to come you now have a big decision to make whether to play or fold..."

    Read Burton's complete article.

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