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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, June 2006, #77


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We start the June issue with... "No more excuses"! That's what LV Tournament Pro touts in his article discussing the recent announcement that the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT) will be televised on CBS, the world's biggest network. If you are an advantage player and wonder if you should spread to two hands, you need to read Fred Renzey's article on hand spreading. My article on Blackjack in Sin City summarizes the best (and worse) blackjack games in Las Vegas for the basic strategy player. As you learned in Part 1 of Barfarkel's report (May BJI), he was down $900 at the half-way point of his trip. Now read the conclusion of his trip report to find out if he was able to turn his fortunes around. Frank Scoblete discusses an advantage player's philosophy to winning at blackjack and reviews the latest blackjack playing conditions in AC. Tournament pro Kenneth Smith describes how to use doubling for less to your advantage in tournament play. According to Bill Burton, one of the things that separate a winning Hold'em poker player from a loser is the way they think when playing the game. Burton offers tips on what you should be thinking about other than your hand. Finally, we have a summary of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of By the time you read this newsletter the third season of the World Series of Blackjack, with a total of one million dollars in prizes, will have started airing on televison. For a list of the 13-week WSOBJ schedule along with the names of the players that will be playing each week, click here.

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NO MORE EXCUSES! by LV Tournament Pro

"How good is your imagination? Can you see yourself sitting at a blackjack table competing against some of the big guns of poker and blackjack with a TV audience of millions of viewers watching you? Can you see yourself being interviewed on national TV with a stack of money so high that you need to stand up so the cameras can see your mug? If this is what you've always dreamed about but always seemed to find an excuse as to why it couldn't happen to you, I'm here to tell you that your time has come and there are no more excuses. The Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT) has everything you have ever dreamed about and its all there for the taking..."

Read LV Tournament Pro's complete article.


"There are occasions when a card counter can draw some extra advantage from playing two simultaneous hands. That's when the count is high -- providing there's at least one other player at the table. Most of these occasions apply to the shoe game because once you go to two hands with a shoe, staying with two is usually warranted the rest of the way through..."

Read Renzey's complete article.

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"There are 2,521 blackjack tables in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the blackjack games played on these tables are not all the same (even the way the cards are shuffled can vary). So it's not surprising to find some blackjack games with an astonishingly low house edge (0.18%) and others with a preposterously high house edge (2%). Believe me, casino executives are not going to take you by the hand and lead you to the tables that have the better odds. It's up to you to find the excellent games from the dreadful. But fear not! By the time you finish reading this article, you will know where the best (and worst) blackjack games currently are in Sin City..."

Read Tamburin's complete article.

LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT - MARCH 2006 (Part 2) by Barfarkel

"Okay, I'm down $900 at the halfway point - no big deal. I can make that up in one or two good sessions, so after sleeping through swing shift, I started this morning around 4:00 am when I knew the grave shift conditions would be uncrowded. However, I'd have to be careful since I'd be very visible as one of the few players in the pit. First up was a Plaza double-deck table where I spread 2 x $10 to 2 x $75. I got the usual 65% pen as ploppies joined my table, busted out and left. I lost $300 to put the trip deficit at minus $1,200..."

Read Barfarkel's complete article.

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ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone

"Jay [not his real name] is a professional blackjack player of some note. I met him last month on my last trip to Las Vegas. He has won several big tournaments. He lives in Vegas and plays blackjack five or six days a week. He's been on television. He's known and respected in the blackjack world. His blackjack playing strategy is simple..."

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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"One of the things that separates the winning poker players from the losing players is they way they think when they are playing the game. Winning players take many factors into account before making a play. Some of their decisions are based on information they have observed when they are not even involved in a hand. Poker is not a game that can be won by a player who sits at the table wearing blinders. You need to open your eyes, observe, and start thinking like the professional players do..."

Read Burton's complete article.


"Find out who is playing to win at the World Series of Blackjack..."

Read Tamburin's complete article.


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

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