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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, February 2005, #73


This month we have reports on blackjack playing conditions from San Diego, Tunica, Atlantic City, and the Gulf Coast. LV Tournament Pro has the answers to the Blackjack Ball Test and the name of the player who was inducted into the 2006 Blackjack Hall of Fame. Our Midwest reporter, JPB, traveled a long way to San Diego to play the best single deck blackjack game in the US and reports on what he found. Three Gulf Coast casinos recently reopened post Katrina and our BJI reporter, The Low Roller, reports on blackjack playing conditions there and her experience using Speed Count. Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete's report contains feedback from BJI subscribers on their experience playing blackjack in Atlantic City. On the blackjack tournament front, The Babe describes a tournament player that he labels a "legend" for his numerous victories in tournaments and Kenneth Smith provides more strategy on pair splitting and a summary of upcoming major blackjack tournaments. Rounding out this issue, Barfarkel reports on his December trip to Sin City, Jerry 'Stickman' reports on blackjack conditions in Tunica, more growls from LVBear, Bill Burton covers bad beats in Texas Hold'em, and Rick Jensen reports on his upcoming blackjack tournament cruise and how you can win a seat in the tournament.

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    "Now that you have had a month to ponder and deliberate your answers to the 21 question test posed to the top 100 blackjack players in the world at Max Rubin's 10th annual Blackjack Ball, it's time to see how you did..."

    Read LV Tournament Pro's complete article.


    "There are about 10 casinos that offer blackjack in San Diego- all are Indian casinos on tribal lands. I visited the three San Diego casinos that offered the best potential blackjack conditions: Harrah's Rincon, Pala, and Barona..."

    Read JPB's complete article.

    LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT (Dec. 2005) by Barfarkel (a.k.a., LV Pro)

    "The key round was two $75 bets in a plus eight true count. My first hand was 6, 5 vs. a dealer's five, so I doubled and got a king for twenty-one. The second hand was a pair of nines. I split them and wound up with two stiffs. Unless the dealer drew to twenty-one, I figured at worst I'd break even on the round. Fortunately, the dealer busted and I went on to reclaim my losses, even netting $100 to start the trip off on a winning note..."

    Read Barfarkel's complete article.

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    TUNICA BLACKJACK REPORT by Jerry "Stickman"

    "Comps tend to be easier in the relaxed Southern climate and the games offered tend to be good. But what about the game we care about most - blackjack? Over the last couple of weeks I visited all the Tunica casinos and played blackjack at most of them. Here is what I found..."

    Read Stickman's complete article.


    "Once you get to the Palace, you may be disappointed. It's the smallest of the three open casinos, occupying the lobby and mezzanine of the hotel. It has six blackjack tables, only three or four of which are open on weekday mornings. On the morning that I was there, I found two six-deckers open and one double deck open. The 6Ds were $5-$500 and $10-$500. The 2D was a $25-$1000 game. I sat down at the $10 for only 15 minutes and left with 48 units. Have I ever mentioned how much I love blackjack and Speed Count..."

    Read Low Roller's complete article.

    ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone

    "I just wanted to agree with your report on the blackjack games at the Borgata. I had a great time playing there earlier this month. I got a chance to spend some time playing on their $5 table. In fact I learned that they run at least one, and usually only one, $5 table twenty hours a day. So if you're willing to wait you can play at the $5 table any tim..."

    Read Scoblete's and Paone's complete article.

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    "This month LVBear growls about Missouri regulators who did nothing to Harrah's employees that rigged a drawing and how Harrah's has turned many a good casino into a grind joint..."

    Read The LVBear's complete article.


    "Splitting pairs seems to be a hot topic lately, so I wanted to revisit a subject that I wrote about a few years back for the now-defunct Blackjack Confidential magazine. The article was titled 'Tournaments: Splitting 10s to win' and it appeared in the April 2001 issue. I still get a lot of questions about the strategy I presented in that article so I'll recap the research from that article and then add some extra insights..."

    Read Smith's complete article.

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    "I first ran across this gentleman in the 80's. Watching him at final tables in numerous mini-tournaments with $25 entry fees, I noticed that he usually made small bets. On a couple of occasions, he even locked himself out of any real possibility to win, by betting a minimum amount, when it seemed obvious that a large bet would have been more appropriate. My first impression was that he was far too conservative a player to be a major threat. CAUTION! Conclusion leaping may be costly to your bankroll!..."

    Read The Babe's complete article.


    "At the request of players that went on last years cruise, I've already planned a 2nd blackjack tournament cruise on August 12, 2006. It will be a 5-night, mid-August cruise to the Bahamas out of Jacksonville, Fl. with three major tournaments and as many sit and go events as time permits..."

    Read Jensen's complete article.


    "Bad beats are a normal part of poker that a good player learns to accept. As sure as the sun rises in the morning you are going to occasionally get drawn out on the river. Not so affectionately refereed to as drowning in the river..."

    Read Burton's complete article.


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