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A Bad Economy Tends to Improve Blackjack Games

19 December 2008
All across the country, the casino business is down. Just walk into any casino and you can see it. Some of them are down more than 25% from last year. That leaves the onus on management to find ways to pick things up. Some casinos offer their customers free toasters or mini-vacs. Others send out cash coupons to come in and gamble. ... (read more)
 

These Tough Blackjack Pairs Need to Be Split

12 December 2008
I was playing blackjack with three other people at the table and was dealt a pair of 9s against the dealer's 8. I split them just like I was supposed to, made a 17 on one 8 and ended up busting the other. The dealer had a pat 18 and so I lost both bets, where I would've pushed had I not split to begin ... (read more)
 

H.O.R.S.E Tournaments Show Other Sides of Poker

28 November 2008
To most gamblers these days, poker means No-Limit Texas Hold'em and that's it. Many poker players who have learned the game in the last five years don't even know there is any other kind of poker out there. Well, before No-Limit Hold'em became the rage that it is now, there were lots of other poker forms being played in public card rooms. ... (read more)
 

Many Blackjack Players Miss These Double Downs

21 November 2008
Did you know that, in blackjack, you'll win only 44% of all your hands counting hits, stands, splits, doubles and blackjacks? And that's if you play them correctly. However, you make up for most of that deficit by being paid 3-to-2 on your blackjacks –- and -- by doubling down on your strong drawing hands. ... (read more)
 

Casino Players Like to Receive Little "Favors"

14 November 2008
Every once in a while at the casino, the dealer, or the cashier, or another player will do you a little "favor". Sometimes another customer will receive one of these favors while you look on. There's only one little hitch with all of these "favors" however. They were mistakes – and weren't supposed to ... (read more)
 

Your Blackjack Odds Flip-Flop Constantly

24 October 2008
You're sitting at the blackjack table and are dealt 12 against the dealer's 3 up. You may not know it, but you're an 8-to-5 underdog to win the hand (providing you hit it like you're supposed to). But this hand is far from over and you dutifully take your hit, catching a 6 to improve to an 18. That helped. ... (read more)
 

Don't Underestimate the Blackjack Dealer's 7 Upcard

17 October 2008
You see it so much at the blackjack tables. The dealer has a 7 showing, and the player steps out of line and makes a bad play. Why? It's because most players don't respect or fear a dealer's 7 up. A fellow player just the other night stood with 7/5/2/2 against a 7 saying, "If she ... (read more)
 

No-Limit Poker Raises the Stakes

11 October 2008
Until the World Poker Tour tournaments burst onto the TV scene in the early 2000s, the most popular kind of poker was two-tier "limit-betting" stakes. A low stakes Texas Hold'em game, for example, might have had $3/$6 limits, where all bets and raises in the early part of the hand were $3, and all the later bets were $6. ... (read more)
 

Forget money management gambling systems

26 September 2008
I just met another blackjack player who thinks he can beat the game with a money management system. Some of these systems are based on a clever betting progression, and others are based on win-goals with stop-losses. Well folks, here's the grim truth about that. Every born loser thinks the key to winning at gambling is money management. ... (read more)

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Fred Renzey
Fred Renzey is a high-stakes, expert poker player. On a daily basis he faces--and beats--some of the best players in the country in fierce poker room competition. Now for the first time, Renzey offers his perceptive insights on how to play winning poker. For Fred's 13-page blackjack booklet "Ace/10 Front Count", send $9 to Fred Renzey, P.O. Box 598, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60009

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Blackjack Bluebook II

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Fred Renzey
Fred Renzey is a high-stakes, expert poker player. On a daily basis he faces--and beats--some of the best players in the country in fierce poker room competition. Now for the first time, Renzey offers his perceptive insights on how to play winning poker. For Fred's 13-page blackjack booklet "Ace/10 Front Count", send $9 to Fred Renzey, P.O. Box 598, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60009

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