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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, May 2006, #76

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The new billion-dollar, off-Strip, Red Rock Casino Resort Spa opened to much fanfare in Las Vegas and our LV Tournament Pro was on hand to check out the new property and their blackjack games. Noted attorney Robert Loeb (co-author, Blackjack and the Law) offers valuable advice to advantage players about what you should and shouldn't say and do when you get the dreaded tap on the shoulder and asked to go to the back room. The Suit describes how casinos prepare for a grand opening, especially their game protection (you won't find this insider information anywhere else). Surrender is a good rule for counters depending upon the game. Read the details in Dan Pronovost's article. Barfarkel hits Sin City again and quickly gets 86'd from one of his favorite casinos. Read the details in his March trip report. Our Atlantic City Blackjack Report contains feedback from readers on their experiences in AC plus Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone report a new #1 casino to play blackjack. According to Kenneth Smith, " Mistakes are inevitable in tournament blackjack." He describes one that he made in a major tournament that cost him … well read his excellent article to find out what happened. The poker world is buzzing about the new Poker 6·7·8 Hold'Em Strategy Cards by Stickysoft and our poker pro Bill Burton reviews them. And last, but not least, Kenneth Smith summarizes the upcoming schedule of blackjack tournaments.

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"This is the first billion-dollar casino property in Las Vegas that is not located on the strip. You'll see why it costs a billion the moment you enter the stunning hotel lobby or stroll through the casino. You'll need wheels to get there from the Strip - limo, car, or taxi - but trust me it's worth the ride. There are many rocks in the desert but this is one rock that you don't want to miss on your next visit to Las Vegas..."

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"A tap on the shoulder, followed by, "Sir, would you come with me?" Those are the words that strike fear into an advantage player. You can deal with, "Sorry, sir, you're too good for us, no more blackjack." Just get up, cash your chips, and leave, thankful that you don't have to deal with the backroom, production of an ID, or anything worse. Maybe even return at a later date. But "would you come with me?" is serious..."

Read Loeb's complete article.


"The area that really gets pumped up is game protection, which includes coverage inside and outside the pit. Surveillance operators, Shift Mgr's, Pit Mgr's and employees from sister properties walk the outside of the pit and also work the inside to be sure the coverage is excellent on a casino's opening night. Surveillance also has extra help in the "room". No spot is left uncovered..."

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"Surrender is the somewhat rare blackjack rule where you can choose to give up half your bet prior to drawing cards, and simply not play the hand. The most common form is late surrender, where you have this option only after the dealer checks for a blackjack (and hence not letting you surrender if the dealer does have a blackjack after offering insurance)..."

Read Pronovost's complete article.


"To my delight, I got a $10 double-deck table to myself. I played for forty-five minutes, absorbed and oblivious, and then the axe fell. A short, bald bespeckled, floorman tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Sir, you're not allowed to play any more blackjack in this casino." I retorted with an incredulous "What?" but we both knew what he meant so I didn't try to bullshit the guy any further. I just donned my sunglasses and kept my chin down on my chest as I cashed out at the cage..."

Read Barfarkel's complete article.

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ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone

"We have great AC players who keep us informed up-to-the-minute on conditions at the games and in the casinos. We want to thank all of them. We have received a lot of emails this issue, some of which we want to respond to, so here they are..."

Read Scoblete's and Paone's complete article.


"Mistakes are inevitable in tournament blackjack. There are just too many things to consider at the table to always make the best decisions under the pressure of the situation and with limited time to weigh the options. Fortunately, the difference between making a good play and a great play is often small, and more often than not the subtle advantages of the best possible play don't matter anyway after the cards are dealt..."

Read Smith's complete article.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Poker 6·7·8 Hold'Em Strategy Cards by Bill Burton

"Last year Stickysoft® Corp. introduced their two card Poker 6-7-8 Texas Hold'em strategy cards. The two-card set offered excellent advice for starting hand selection as well as a wealth of general information about Texas Holdem. However, they realized there was a strong need to address the situation of short-handed play. Using the same concise format of their original cards, they developed two new sets of cards to deal with every situation from 10 players down to heads up play. Each set has five cards and the sets are sold separately..."

Read Burton's complete article.


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

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