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BJI Newsletter, Dec. 2006, #83


If you are a card counter playing shoe games, be sure to read Fred Renzey's article for advice on how to attack these games. Joe Pane offers an excellent strategy for playing in elimination tournaments , and Ken Einger recants his experience playing the UBT Tour. There is still time to qualify for the 2007 World Series of Blackjack and Ken Smith shows you how. Before you head to Oklahoma or the Gulf Coast to play blackjack, check out the playing conditions in JPB's Oklahoma Report and Walker's Gulf Coast Report. Barfarkel managed to squeak out a win on his trip to Sin City; read how he did it in the conclusion of his Las Vegas Trip Report. Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete turn over their AC column to player's "cheers and jeers" and Bill Burton gives poker players tips on how not to be so predictable when you play. recently launched blackjack tournaments on their site and I review their offerings. There are very few blackjack tournaments scheduled in land-based casinos over the holidays therefore, we will resume our Schedule of Tournaments column in January.

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"Forty years ago when card counting first thundered its way onto the blackjack scene, most games were dealt with a single deck. With those games, it wasn't that uncommon to get halfway into the deck and find that with the cards that were left, you had a 4% advantage. With today's six deck shoes however, it's a different story..."

Read Renzey's complete article.

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"REAR VIEW MIRROR" - UBT Style by Joe Pane

"Well, welcome to the new world of Tournament Blackjack that the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (UBT) created. Playing the old way is not only the wrong way, it's suicidal..."

Read Pane's complete article.


"If anyone would have told me 20 years ago that I would be playing blackjack tournaments and that they were going to be filmed and shown on a major network, I would have laughed and said that would be a dream come true. After all, most people today would love to say that they were seen on CBS playing a game for big prize money..."

Read Einiger's complete article.

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"GSN's popular "World Series of Blackjack" television series is coming back for a fourth season, and excitement is building among the blackjack tournament community. While prize details haven't been officially announced yet, we know that it will be substantial based on last year's massive $1 Million payout..."

Read Smith's complete article.

ATLANTIC CITY BLACKJACK REPORT by Alene Paone and Frank Scoblete

"Yes, Atlantic City does innovate things - meaning it mimics Las Vegas whenever it can and whenever it can, it usually means the innovation sucks - such as those single deck 6-to-5 blackjack games and the hitting on soft 17 that has been tried in several casinos on their - God forbid! - 8-deck games. Other great innovation-imitations that have come (and usually gone) are Switch Blackjack, Lucky Ladies, Over-Under 13, Spanish 21 and, uh, we have forgotten them all frankly..."

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"In what state are there at least 50 casinos with most of them offering blackjack? Answer: Oklahoma..."

Read JPB's complete article.


"Here is the blackjack playing conditions that I found for nine Gulf Coast casinos including the new Silver Slipper Casino..."

Read Walker's complete article.

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LAS VEGAS TRIP REPORT (Oct.) - Part 2 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 Barfarkel's complete article.


"I ran in to a friend of mine who had recently started playing low limit Texas Hold'em. Clarice told me she was having some problems and asked me if I could watch her play because she thought she had a "tell." She said all the other players seemed to be able to read her at the table. I asked her to give me some more specific details about her play and what she was doing during her sessions..."

Read Burton's complete article.

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" has recently started to offer blackjack tournaments. You'll find schedule tournaments as well as sit and go's, head's up, and shoot out tournaments for play money or real money on their site..."

Read our Tamburin's complete article.

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