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BJI Newsletter, Nov. 2006, #82


LV Tournament Pro has been a major contributor to the BJI newsletter over the past several years with his timely and helpful reports of blackjack playing conditions in different Las Vegas casinos, his inside and informative reports on legal issues with card counters, and of course, his reports on blackjack tournaments. I've been asked many times, "who is LV Tournament Pro?" Well, he has come out of the closet so to speak, and you'll find out who he really is when you read his report on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour at St. Kitts. Speaking of tournaments, don't miss reading Kenneth Smith's article on how to handle those pesky elimination hands when you have a higher-ranked bankroll (this is valuable advice if you plan to play in the UBT). Our newest BJI writer, Ted Salveson, gives the details on one of the best blackjack games on the Strip that no one knows about, and Barfarkel reviews the highs and lows of his October trip to Sin City, including details on the latest Green Chip party. LVBear has some interesting growls to share with you this month, and Dan Pronovost explains how you can tell a good gambling system from a scam. I explain the value of those plastic basic playing strategy cards for average and advantage players (really), and Bill Burton offers his advice on what you should do if you play poker online in lieu of the new Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete provide an update of changes in blackjack in Atlantic City and lastly, we have a summary of major blackjack tournaments in November courtesy of

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MONKEYING AROUND ST. KITTS by Joe Pane (formerly LV Tournament Pro

"In St. Kitts, there were three $540 entry UBT tournaments during the week and then the $2700 Main Event (which is what the week was really all about), where players had a chance to show their skills in front of 1 million viewers on CBS TV. You read that right because as of the last report, the UBT show which airs on Saturday at 2 PM Eastern Time, is drawing over 1 million viewers per week. In fact, CBS has reported that that is the highest rated show ever in that time slot..."

Read Joe Pane's complete article.

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"In the new elimination-style format used by the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT), the lowest bankroll player is eliminated after hand 8, hand 16, and hand 25. Those hands can be pretty stressful, especially if you're among the lower bankrolls heading into the hand. But even the higher ranked bankrolls can be at risk. This month I want to focus on ways that you can plan ahead to get a "free ride" on an elimination hand..."

Read Smith's complete article.


"Over the past several months I have read many reports in the Blackjack Insider Newsletter of playing conditions in at least eight different casinos in Las Vegas. The results, good and bad, were all fairly uniform. But what struck me was that nearly all of the conditions that advantage players look for, were, in fact, present at Luxor, yet no one had ever profiled that property. At the invitation of BJI Editor, Henry Tamburin, I scouted out the playing conditions at Luxor on a recent trip for this article..."

Read Salveson's complete article.

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LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT (Oct.) by Barfarkel

"I was alone at the table for this thirty-minute session. I lucked out when the dealer busted several hands on my bigger bet double-downs, and wound up winning $400 to start the trip off on a positive note. The key round was when I had $75 bet in a plus three true count and doubled my ace-four vs. a dealer four. He drew to eighteen and then flipped my down card. I cheered when the beautiful six of diamonds for twenty-one was revealed..."

Read Barfarkels's complete article.

ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete

"Tropicana has dumped its six-deck games. Sands has dumped all its games - and is also dumping itself on November 8th we think. Good-bye. No loss. Taj has also dumped its six-deck games outside the high roller pit. And Steve Wynn and Donald Trump are going to build the ubber-casino on the site of the Trump Plaza and, we believe, on the site of the old Playboy-World's Fair casinos, which has been a big concrete monstrosity for the past half dozen years. The Trump Plaza is going to be torn down - just after it was renovated! Great planning there. Also, didn't these guys hate each other?.."

Read Scoblete's and Paone's complete article.

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"Now when you say "basic strategy card" and "card counters" in the same sentence, most players think that's an oxymoron. I mean, come on, card counters don't need basic strategy cards. They've memorized the basic strategy up and down and sideways and for good measure, memorized a bunch of indices to boot that tells them when it's profitable to deviate from the basic playing strategy. The point is that most card counters wouldn't think of using a basic strategy card when they play. And that's unfortunate..."

Read Tamburin's complete article.


"Las Vegas blackjack player, casino critic, and frequent and BJI contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go wrong in the world of casinos..."

Read The Bear's complete article.

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"How can you tell what's a gambling scam and what isn't? For example, myself, and many other gambling experts, claim that you can get a long-term positive edge in specific casino games. We even use the same 'language' at times, claiming mathematical, statistical or computer simulation proofs that a player has the edge. So how can you tell the difference between a scam, and a legitimate advantage gambling strategy?..."

Read Pronovost's complete article.


"The future of online poker is in jeopardy. If you have money deposited in any online poker sites or other online casinos or sports books, I urge you to withdraw your funds immediately or at least a substantial amount that you don't want to risk losing..."

Read Burton's complete article.

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