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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, July 2006, #78


Have we got a great issue for you this month! For starters you can get the inside story on the evolution of Speed Count from its developer Dan Pronovost. Thinking about getting a false ID when you play? Better read Richard Loeb's excellent article and his recommendations on this important subject (you will be hard pressed to find guidance on false IDs elsewhere). LV Tournament Pro rates the top weekly blackjack tournaments in Las Vegas and reveals his #1 pick in an exclusive for BJI members (you'll never guess the casino). Advantage player Bill Burton reports on blackjack, poker, and video poker playing conditions at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos. Barfarkel tries to turn his fortunes around by playing the juicy 2-deck games at Red Rock, New York New York, Wynn, and Terribles casinos. Read how he did in his May Trip report. Read about Frank Scoblete's exciting new book, Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution!, from his wife's (Alene Paone) perspective plus learn which casino in AC currently offers the best blackjack (and craps) game. Skip Hughes, an advantage video poker player and publisher of the popular Video Poker Player Newsletter gives an excellent overview on advantage video poker play and how it's possible to earn 20k per year (or more). Ken Smith describes the surrender trap used by tournament pro Kami Lis to an unsuspecting opponent in the World Series of Blackjack (must read for tournament players). And last, but not least, we have the schedule of upcoming blackjack tournaments courtesy of

Frank Scoblete's new book, Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution!, has arrived from the printers (end of June) and all pre-publication orders have been shipped. Please be patient if you haven't received your copy yet because it usually takes the US Postal Service up to two weeks to deliver books by media mail (longer to Hawaii). The book retails for $24.95 and it includes a free blackjack training CD that can be used to practice the OBS and Speed Count (the CD is in a sleeve, which is bound into the back of the book). The book is available in bookstores or you can purchase a copy in our BJI Store at a 10% discount. Click here for details.

The July issue of Casino Player magazine features Part 1 of an interview I did with two of our famous BJI writers, Ken Smith and Joe Pane (there are photos of both of them in the article). There is a wealth of tournament playing tips contained in the articles so don't miss reading them (Part 1 appears in the July issue and Part 2 will appear in the August issue - you can subscribe to Casino Player at a special 10% BJI discount - click here for details).

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Frank Scoblete reports that there are only a few tickets left for his World Craps ChampionshipTM that will be held July 22 and 23 in Las Vegas. This event will feature 10 tournaments for prizes plus special matches including my match against the Pit Boss to see who can roll the most numbers before a seven shows. Come, have a fun weekend, and meet some of the world's best dice controllers. For details on the WCC click here or call Fred at 1-800-944-0406.

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E-mail subscribers can also read each month's issue online at our web site: BJI Issue #78, July 2006.

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"This article is an introduction to Speed Count, a brief story of its development and why it's the easiest proven method for average players to use to get a positive edge in blackjack. Speed Count has been a complete secret until now, so this article is your chance to finally learn about it..."

Read Pronovost's complete article.


"The uses of fake identification cards are a big issue for advantage players, but are they for you? Like gambling itself, it may just be a matter of weighing risk vs. reward..."

Read Loeb's complete article.

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"I will give my vote for the # 1 weekly blackjack tournament in Las Vegas at the end of my report. Trust me, you probably have never heard of this tournament before and if you are smart, you should run to play it (just don't knock me over when you come flying through the casino doors). This is truly insider stuff that you won't find anywhere else except in the BJI newsletter..."

Read LV Tournament Pro's complete article.


"Once again summer has arrived in Connecticut. The dead giveaway is not so much the soaring temperatures, as it is the soaring table limits at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos. During the winter months you can usually find a five-dollar game early in the morning on weekdays but when the summer tourist season arrives, these games disappear faster than an Ice Cream cone in the hot afternoon sun..."

Read Burton's complete article.

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LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT - May 2006 by Barfarkel

"In for $300, then $200 more, and then another $300, I managed to win back $400 of my $800 buy-ins. I could have quit but the count was still positive, so I played on. One thing led to another and I lost some high count bets and kept playing to an eventual disastrous conclusion: I lost $1,300 in two-and-a-half hours to put me in a real deep hole..."

Read Barfarkel's complete article.

ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Frank Scoblete and Alene Paone

"There have been two great discoveries in the history of blackjack: basic strategy and card counting. Average players find learning the basic strategy not particularly difficult but card counting, that's a different story. Not many average players succeed in mastering card counting in a casino environment. That's about to change with the third great blackjack discovery-Speed Count, the focus of my husband's new book. Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution!..."

Read Scoblete's and Paone's complete article.

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"While it's common, in fact a daily occurrence, for video poker players to go online to wail and moan about the loss of good video poker, there are still plenty of decent positive plays available. It's true that the opportunities are not nearly as good or as common as they used to be, but there are plenty of positive plays that yield not only a profit, but a steady stream of comps. In fact, there are still pro players who make a 6-figure annual income, but this is becoming more difficult each year..."

Read Hughe's complete article.


"Steve doesn't realize it yet, but he now has a 97% chance of going home after this hand. Kami has lured him into thinking he has the low, but she can surrender her $22,000 bet and that will guarantee that Steve has the lowest bankroll after the hand. Kami will likely surrender any hand other than blackjack in this situation. After all, why stand with 20 and risk going home if the dealer pulls 21? Just surrender anything, and she's guaranteed to survive the knock-out round..."

Read Smith's complete article.


"It doesn't matter how good a poker player you think you are, sooner or later you are going to run into a losing streak. One thing is certain: a losing streak can affect players psychologically. It can wreak havoc with us emotionally, causing us to second-guess and question our own abilities and our play. How you handle a losing streak will be a true test of your poker abilities..."

Read Burton's complete article.


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