Thanks to an attentive Blackjack Basic Strategy Engine user from Russia, I was notified today about a minor error in the charts it delivers. The many rule settings for the engine means that there are hundreds of possible charts that can be generated. The mistake appeared on only 3 of the possible charts, as you had to choose 1 Deck, Double After Split, Early Surrender, and No Peek to see the problem.
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BlackjackInfo is proud to be the host for a very nice addition to the toolkit of the blackjack community.
MGP’s BJCA is now available as freeware: “MGP” is the username of a blackjack enthusiast and talented coder that is a member of our community here. “BJCA” stands for Blackjack Combinatorial Analyzer.
I’ll be the guest tonight on Kenny Einiger’s radio show in Las Vegas. You can tune in at 6 PM Pacific to hear me and Kenny talk about all things blackjack and tournaments. If you’re close enough to Las Vegas to get the signal, tune in to KLAV radio at 1230 on the AM dial.If you’re further away, you can still listen over the internet. Head to http://www.klav1230am.com and you can find links to listen to the show live.
It’s also a call-in show. Here are the numbers:
Call Toll Free @ 1-866-820-5528
or locally @ 1-702-731-1230
Please note the toll free number gets the bulk of the calls so you may encounter a busy signal.The local number has multiple lines available and may be less busy.
If you’re unfamiliar with Kenny Einiger, he was among the competitors I faced in World Series of Blackjack 2004 and 2005. In 2004, he made an early exit when an aggressive approach didn’t pan out. In 2005 though, he went all the way, and earned the title 2005 World Blackjack Champion.
He has a new website at http://www.worldblackjackchampion.com/
Check it out, and check out the show later today!
The James Grosjean and Michael Russo case against Caesars Palace and Griffin Investigations is done, and the jury ruled in favor of Grosjean and Russo, awarding $100,000 in actual damages. Caesars chose to settle with the plaintiffs before the punitive damage portion of the jury deliberations, but Griffin did not. The jury awarded an additional $25,000 to the plaintiffs from defendant Griffin for punitive damages.
For those unfamiliar with the case, Grosjean and Russo were legally hole-carding at the game of three card poker, and were detained by Caesars and accused of card-bending, based on their listings in Griffin Investigations subscription-based service for casinos. Griffin was found by the jury to have been guilty of libel and defamation for having listed the two as cheats with no evidence.
A Las Vegas Review Journal article about the case can be found here:
Caesars settles, Griffin Investigations owes punitive damages
The online casino Betcom is holding another blackjack tournament, with an interesting twist. The event features $20,000 in prizes and it is structured like the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament.
Among all those who enter and play in the first round ($50 entry fee), the top 64 scores advance into round 2 of the tournament. After that, each subsequent round eliminates half the field, just like in the NCAA tournament. So, in round 2, your goal is to be among the top 32 scores in a field of 64. In round 3, it’s the top 16 out of 32 who advance, and so on.
If you keep putting up high scores, you can roll all the way to the $5000 first prize on just your first entry fee. But, once you’ve qualified for one of the rounds, you can reenter in that round as often as you’d like to improve your score.
I’ve never seen a format quite like this, and I think it will be both interesting and profitable for savvy players. During each round, the ‘cutoff’ score will be displayed, so it should be interesting to see how this plays out.
If you want to participate, sign up now for the “Early Bird” special. You get two entries instead of one for the first $50 entry fee. That’s available until Wednesday March 16th. Play begins on March 17th.
More information here: Betcom $20,000 March Madness Blackjack Tournament
An item in today’s Las Vegas Mercury discusses various casino advantage players and their tactics. It covers a broad spectrum including card counting, hole card play, sports betting, poker, and even craps.
The article starts with a few paragraphs about Eliot “The Mayor” Jacobson, whose new book The Blackjack Zone is available at the BlackjackInfo store.
Stanford Wong weighs in on his new passion, beating the game of craps, long thought by advantage gamblers to be unbeatable.
Bob Nersesian, the Las Vegas attorney who in recent years has taken on several high profile cases representing advantage players is quoted as well.
From the Edmonton Sun:
WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Lotteries Corporation has partially lifted a ban on French in the province’s casinos by allowing bilingual blackjack tables twice a week. Although Manitoba recognizes French as an official language, provincial rules normally forbid any language other than English at many casino tables to prevent collusion among gamblers.
The fear is that if the dealer can’t understand the players, he or she would be unable to spot cheating.
The bilingual tables will only be open at two Winnipeg casinos – the Club Regent and McPhillips Street Station casinos on Friday and Saturday nights.
I’m excited about this addition to the site. Kevin Blackwood, author of The Counter and the upcoming Play Blackjack Like the Pros has agreed to bring his considerable talents aboard and help populate the new Card Counting section of the site.
Already available is an article entitled World’s Greatest Job. Check it out!
An article in today’s Las Vegas Sun starts out talking about Jimmy Pine, aka “Young Jimmy Dime” who was a participant in the recent World Series of Blackjack’s second season. The story goes on to cover a laundry list of blackjack topics: Card counters, backrooming, lawsuits, and of course a few bits of WSOB2.