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LV Bear joins blackjackinfo.com

Hello, everyone. Ken Smith is a long-time friend, who ran a great website.  I wish Ken the best in his future pursuits. I’m honored to join Joshua’s new management team here.   When Josh asked if I’d be interested in helping after he recently purchased the site, I gladly accepted the opportunity.

For those who don’t know me, I am a Las Vegas-based advantage player.  Ken interviewed me nearly ten years ago (it’s hard to believe so much time has passed); that interview can be found here.  It will answer most questions you may have about me.

I am now closer to full retirement. My playing time and travel is significantly reduced. But I still prowl the casinos, and hope I can be useful here.

For those who do not know Josh, here’s what he told Stanford Wong after his purchase earlier this year of my usual online home, www.BJ21.com.

As the one purchasing BJ21.com, let me introduce myself. My name is Joshua Chan. In 2006 I was an advantage player, focusing on exploiting Internet casinos bonuses. With my knowledge of the Internet gambling scene, in 2006 I established LatestCasinoBonuses.com (LCB).

LCB is a casino-information site that features casino news and editorials, no-deposit bonuses, casino reviews, software reviews, slot reviews, and free casino games. There is a members’ forum where players share promotions, bonuses, tips and winning stories. The library of gambling information is one of the most extensive in the industry. LCB has monthly contests that award prizes. The number of registered LCB memberships should surpass 100,000 in 2016.

After that, I acquired sites devoted to blackjack, sports, bingo and poker. In 2014 I bought the Wizard of Odds and Wizard of Vegas from Michael Shackleford.

As a former advantage player, I’m proud to own BJ21.com. I think it will fit well into my portfolio of web sites devoted to player advocacy.

Privacy is at the top of my list of priorities, and any information regarding members and memberships is never shared or sold to third parties. That privacy policy will of course apply to BJ21.com. In no way will anyone’s personal information be disclosed; that includes to casino management, surveillance agencies and the like. We heard concerns from the members of http://wizardofvegas.com/ when we purchased that site; but as they have witnessed, we have met all their privacy and confidentiality expectations.

The main changes we made to those sites is adding side bar ads and enhancing the site to make it more user and mobile friendly. We anticipate making similar changes to BJ21 while keeping the goal of the site the same. …

I look forward to my time here, as well as continuing to contribute to BJ21.com.

LatestCasinoBonuses.com Interviews Ken Smith

Known for being an established authority in providing transparency within the gaming community, LatestCasinoBonuses.com recently sat down with Ken Smith for an in depth insight into his prestigious blackjack expertise.

The article includes details of Ken’s background, his first experiences in playing blackjack, tournament advice, his future plans and more.

As Ken was the founder and creator of BlackjackInfo.com, it is an intriguing article I highly recommend all blackjack enthusiasts read.

Interview with Ken Smith of BlackjackInfo.com

Huge Portion of My Gambling Library Up For Auction

Update: The books have been sold.

Gambling has been very good to me. It has allowed me the freedom to work when I want, and live exactly the lifestyle I want. I have been doing this for many years now, so it is no surprise that I own a lot of books about gambling.

Late this summer, my family and I are moving from Mississippi to Texas, and we are busy dealing with all of the stuff we have accumulated in the 16 years since I last moved. And much of my gambling library is not going with me this time. I am starting to cut back on work, and plan to instead spend more time enjoying the fruits of my labors instead.

As a result, I have listed a large collection of blackjack and gambling books on eBay. The listing includes more than 80 book titles plus 4 DVDs.

For blackjack players, you’ll find the seminal works from Wong, Snyder, Schlesinger, and many others.
There are also books about the mathematics of gambling, and lots of other topics.

This is a huge gambler’s library at a big discount.

Have a look at the complete list of books, and make a bid if you are interested:

See the collection of 80+ books from Ken’s gambling library at eBay.

Book Auction

Click here to visit the auction page.

What are the Odds of Losing 6 Hands in a Row?

Among emails I receive, a fairly common question is something like this:

Can you tell me the odds of losing six hands in a row at blackjack?

Sometimes it is 5 hands, sometimes 8, sometimes more.  No matter, I cringe whenever I get this question.

To me, it’s like an airship designer asking a chemist: “Does hydrogen weigh only half as much as helium?”   We all know how THAT turned out.

Why Does The Number of Decks Matter in Blackjack?

Fewer Decks are Better. Do You Know Why?

When it comes to the number of decks in a blackjack game, the fewer the better. Most players have heard this fact somewhere along the line, but many of them don’t know why fewer is better.

I often get this question by email, where players will note that the proportion of each rank of card is the same whether the casino uses a single deck or shuffles six decks together. Regardless of how many decks are in play, we start out with one thirteenth of the cards being Aces…

The State of Blackjack – Opportunity Amidst the Apocalypse?

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens may as well have been describing recent developments in casino blackjack…

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Rules and conditions at casino blackjack tables have been steadily declining for years, and there are a lot of really bad games out there.

6:5 Has Spread Far and Wide

I just tallied up the games offered in Las Vegas, based on the latest issue of Current Blackjack News. A depressing 40% of the regular blackjack tables in Las Vegas now pay only 6:5 for blackjack.

A New Design, and a New Knowledge Base

For the last few months, I have been busily working on the new design at BlackjackInfo. And finally, it’s ready to go, so you are looking at the result.

The biggest enhancement is that the site now adapts to whatever device you are viewing on, so check it out on your tablet or mobile phone, including landscape and portrait mode.

All of the site’s most popular features are still here, including the Strategy Engine, and a complete rewrite of the Blackjack Rules explanation.

ThePOGG Posts an Interview with Ken Smith

Have you heard of ThePOGGThePOGG? ThePOGG is “The Player’s Online Gambling Guide”, a site created by an experienced online casino player who does casino reviews and dispute resolution for online gamblers.

This week, the site’s creator posted an interview with me.  Among the wide-ranging topics are a story about how I was actually too lucky at one promo, a back story of how randomly generated literature eventually led to my interest in gambling, and other tales from a life at the tables. I hope that BlackjackInfo visitors will find it interesting.

See the full interview here: ThePOGG Interviews Ken Smith

Ken Smith on Gambling With an Edge Podcast

Gambling with an Edge

Earlier this year, I was the guest on the Gambling With an Edge radio show in Las Vegas. I mentioned it in the BlackjackInfo email newsletter, but I just realized that it never got posted here on the blog.

The show includes a couple of stories that I think BlackjackInfo visitors will find interesting. I describe one play where I won over $100,000 on a single hand of cards, and another play at a 2:1 blackjack promotion that yielded a big profit along with an uncomfortable situation.

You can listen to the show, and see more details at Gambling With an Edge.