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    Blackjack Confidential Magazine was published from March 1986 through December 2003. Because of requests by tournament players, collectors and researchers, a limited number of issues have been made available for purchase. 


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    No. 81. March 1995, $10. 40 pages: Columnist Wally DeShield: Multiple Action Blackjack may
intimidate some players into making the wrong play. I simulated 40 million hands and reached some surprising conclusions while devising an effective strategy ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: After clocking thousands of miles on the tournament trail, I ran into an invitational event. Business has been so good at some Las Vegas houses they don’t need tournament regulars anymore.


   No. 82. April / May 1995, $10. 40 pages: Columnist E.J. Cozzens: The first blackjack tournament in the late 1970s drew a record 1,400 players. Today, tournament blackjack is still going
strong. Why? The money. The odds of winning $25,000 to $100,000 often range from 100-1 to 450-1, very good indeed ... Columnist Norval Wallace: A decline in gaming stocks may have been caused by expansion in Mississippi; many observers say Las Vegas is in the same boat ... Columnist Connie Olsen: At 66, singer Eddie Fisher is working on his first album in 25 years. In his fifth year of sobriety, Fisher says a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic was “a lifesaving experience.”


   No. 83. June 1995, $12. 44 pages: After a four-year battle, Anthony J. Campione, a retired blueberry farmer from Mays Landing, N.J., was awarded $1.5 million by a Superior Court jury after
it was found that TropWorld in Atlantic City breached a contract with him at a blackjack table in 1989. It was also found that the casino discriminated against Campione and maliciously prosecuted him ... Casino Executive Vic Vickrey recalls the fable of the “unfinished hand of blackjack” ... Columnist Dave Gardetta: A barefoot man, who appeared to be in his 80s, entered Treasure Island resort in Las Vegas, cashed a $400 Social Security check and went on to win $1.3 million at the blackjack tables.


    No. 84. August 1995, $12. 40 pages: TropWorld in Atlantic City filed an appeal, hoping to overturn a $1.5 million award to Anthony J.
Campione, 62, a retired blueberry farmer from Mays Landing, N.J. ... A joint $1 billion project was proposed for Atlantic City by Mirage Resorts Inc. and Circus Circus Enterprises ... Joe McWilliams, 52, of Farmington Hills, Mich., won $60,000 in a blackjack tournament at the Riviera in Las Vegas ... Columnist E.J. Cozzens: Watch for marketing extras when entering a blackjack tournament. 


   No. 85. September 1995, $12. 44 pages: John Ferguson, 52, whose blackjack books are penned under the name of Stanford Wong, testified that Anthony J. Campione “is a good card counter” but
implied that a judgment against TropWorld in Atlantic City might result in countermeasures that would curtail his livelihood as an author, according to a transcript of the trial. Wong and several other blackjack experts – Peter A. Griffin, Arnold Snyder, Anthony Curtis and Max Rubin  testified on behalf of the casino industry. Columnist Connie Olsen: Five former members of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, whose lives were depicted in the 1992 motion picture, “A League of Their Own,” recall their careers in an exclusive interview.


   No. 86. November 1995, $12. 44 pages. A 14-page section with scouting reports on more than 200 blackjack games in America, covering
hundreds of casinos and thousands of miles ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: Blackjack conditions in Puerto Rico are nothing to rave about, but a recent blackjack tournament at San Juan made a trip worthwhile ... After more than a year of development, the $70 million Fremont Street Experience is ready to become a reality in downtown Las Vegas ... Kevin DeSanctis, 42, is spearheading development of Connecticut’s second casino, the Mohegan Sun at Uncasville.


    No. 87. December 1995, $12. 36 pages: More than 50 limousines lined up at the Riviera resort in Las Vegas to take 400 guests to Green Valley for a “casino night” preview of Martin Scorsese’s new
film, “Casino,” starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone; Jim Blake, a contributing editor for Blackjack Confidential Magazine, worked as an “extra” in the film, but said he was both impressed and disappointed in the production. “The story was interesting, but there was a lot of blood and gore, more than was needed,” Blake said. “I thought there would be more casino action. A lot of casino scenes didn’t make the film.” In the fall of 1994, the Riviera was converted into the fictional Tangiers Hotel & Casino for six weeks during the filming.


    No. 88. Jan. / Feb. 1996, $12. 44 pages: Columnist I. Nelson Rose: A controversy is growing over the right of casinos to shuffle cards when the
deck favors players; surprisingly, preferential shuffling may not be illegal ... Columnist Kenneth Smith goes after blackjack’s “Triple Crown” as the Excalibur, Riviera and Stardust offer $500,000 in tournament prizes, all within 10 days ... Dr. Issa Shamonki, of Santa Monica, Calif., won $100,000 in the National Finals Blackjack Tournament at the Riviera in Las Vegas ... Announcer Ed McMahon attracted plenty of attention when he played blackjack at Mystic Lake resort in Prior Lake, Minn.


    No. 89. March / April 1996, $12. 44 pages:  Blackjack Confidential Magazine celebrates its 10th anniversary ... The Clarion resort in Reno agreed to
remove language from advertisements and brochures suggesting it offers Reno’s No. 1-rated single-deck blackjack game, yielding to a complaint filed by the  Peppermill resort in Reno. At the heart of the lawsuit was Blackjack Confidential Magazine’s ratings published between September 1995 and February 1996 ... Columnist Kenneth Smith notes growing interest in competitive blackjack in the Midwest, especially in the Chicago area.


   No. 90. May 1996, $12. 44 pages: Thousands packed the $550 million Stratosphere, which  opened to rave reviews in Las Vegas; the 97,000-square-foot casino offered 41 blackjack games with
75-83% penetration ... In Atlantic City, Bally’s Park Place broke ground on a $100 million expansion – a casino with an Old West theme. Attending a ceremony were Barron Hilton, Hilton Hotel’s co-chairman; Arthur Goldberg, chairman-CEO of Bally’s Entertainment Corp., New Jersey State Sen. William Gormley and entertainer Kenny Rogers ... Succeeding the Peppermill and Atlantis (the former Clarion), the single-deck blackjack game at the Crystal Bay Club at North Lake Tahoe was chosen No. 1 by Blackjack Confidential Magazine ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: The Stardust is starting to get “nervous about its blackjack program.”


    No. 91. June / July 1996, $12. 44 pages: Columnist Wally DeShield: An exclusive strategy for Spanish 21, a new blackjack variation, complete with an Optimal Basic Strategy chart ... Columnist Warren Bates: A federal grand jury in Las Vegas
ordered Caears Palace to pay $10,000 to card counter Noah Rosen, a 24-year-old medical student who rejected a $50,000 settlement before the trial ... Columnist Connie Olsen: Card counter Barry Morse, of Cranston, R.I., filed suit against New Jersey regulators, alleging he was listed in the state’s so-called “black book,” banning him from state casinos ... Melinda Saxe, who calls herself the “First Lady of Magic,” debuts at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: Secrets of a first-class blackjack tournament, based on my own playing and tournament experiences.


    No. 92. Aug. / Sept. 1996, $12. 44 pages: Norval D. Wallace, who wrote under the pen name Wally DeShield as a longtime contributing editor to Blackjack Confidential Magazine, died four days after receiving a heart transplant at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., July 3. He was 63. A resident of
Black Jack, Mo., Mr. Wallace was a skilled gambler and once  considered becoming a professional blackjack player. Instead, Mr. Wallace chose a career in education and went on to become dean of the School of Engineering at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he worked from 1969 until his retirement in 1990 ... Steve Wynn opened the $344 million Monte Carlo resort in Las Vegas in June and vowed to shareholders that he would double the size of the company in 40 months. Wynn also proposed a $750 million casino in Atlantic City if New Jersey would link the resort to the Atlantic City Expressway with a tunnel.


    No. 93. Oct. 1996, $12. 48 pages: Columnist Kenneth Smith: Keep comprehensive tournament records to analyze play, evaluate strengths, pinpoint weaknesses and form a quantitative idea of how well your tournament strategy is doing. One method of “grading” tournaments ... Columnist
Barry ZeVan: Although European rules prevail, some casinos offer Las Vegas rules in Monte Carlo ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: Excalibur in Las Vegas has come a long way in developing a first-class tournament blackjack program ... The Stratosphere in Las Vegas launches an ambitious “best-place-to-gamble-on-the-planet” campaign ... Columnist Connie Olsen: Triple-deck blackjack with continuous shuffling machines debut at seven New Jersey casinos ... Marie Vaden Bos, 76, of Grand Rapids, Mich., topped 193 players to win $45,000 in a blackjack tournament at Excalibur.


    No. 94. Nov. / Dec. 1996, $12. 40 pages.


    No. 95. December 1996, $12. 36 pages.


    No. 96. February 1997, $12. 44 pages. Columnist Connie Olsen: Move over SafeJack, or “Big Brother Blackjack,” a computerized tracking system that electronically records all bets and every card played ... Station Casino drops anchor
with dockside facilities off the Mississippi River near Kansas City, Mo. ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: With storms battering the Midwest, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on my best and worst tournaments through the years ... Duke Rohlffs, 59, a founder of the former International Gaming Promotions, creator of tournament blackjack, reflects on his new job as vice president of golf operations at Players Island Casino in Mesquite, Nev. ... Clifford Carlson, of Minneapolis, Minn., won $100,000 in the National Finals at the Riviera in Las Vegas ... Norm Sylliaasen, of Granada Hills, Calif., won $50,000 in a blackjack tournament at Excalibur in Las Vegas.


    No. 97. April 1997, $12. 40 pages.


    No. 98. May / June 1997, $12. 48 pages: Columnist Kenneth Smith: Seat selection can be an important opportunity to gain an edge over opponents in tournament blackjack; points to consider in tournament competition ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: The weekly blackjack tournaments at
Treasure Island in Red Wing, Minn., are a must for regular players ... Columnist Eddie Olsen: The dispute between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn over construction of a $300 million tunnel is more than a battle of egos ... Paul Winchell, 73, ventriloquist, puppeteer and inventor, will be featured in the first convention planned by the International Ventriloquists Association at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas ... Showboat Mardi Gras opens in East Chicago, Ind. ... Aruban casinos favor golf tournaments instead of blackjack tournaments ... Stratosphere has Las Vegas’ best blackjack game.


    No. 99. July 1997, $12. 48 pages: Sheldon Goldberg, 60, of Marathon Entertainment Co. in Denver, offers tournament blackjack on the Internet for free on his Blackjack Time website ... Columnist G.I. Joseph offers insights into a $40,000 victory at the Four Queens by Regina Guzior, a blind player
from Midland, Tex., who is helped at the blackjack tables by her husband, John ... Sunset Station, a $190 million resort in Henderson, Nev., opens a 448-room hotel and 80,000-square-foot casino on a 100-acre site ... Nancy Schmoldt, a certified public accountant from Placentia, Calif., won $75,000 and Owen Cook, a lawyer from Fayetteville, N.C., finished second for $15,000 in a blackjack tournament at the Riviera in Las Vegas ... Herb Brake, of Robinsonville, Miss., topped a field of 300 players to win $40,000 in a blackjack tournament at Grand Casino in Tunica, Miss.


    No. 100. September 1997, $12. 40 pages: Columnist G.I. Joseph: My thoughts about invitational blackjack tournaments of the day ... Columnist Kenneth Smith: A blackjack clinic for armchair scouts ... New Jersey court rules card counters are so dangerous that casinos in Atlantic
City are free to discriminate against skillful players ... Card-counter Anthony J. Campione dies before receiving a court settlement from an Atlantic City casino, but his lawyer vows to continue the fight ... The Stratosphere in Las Vegas and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., share “chip of the year” honors among chip and gaming token collectors ... Comedian Milton Berle, 89, is honored at the Sands in Atlantic City ... Singer Gisele MacKenzie, 70, makes a rare appearance at Resorts in Atlantic City ... Blackjack Confidential Magazine cites the Horseshoe Club in Las Vegas and the Peppermill in Reno for having the best blackjack games.


    No. 101. October 1997, $12. 48 pages: Excalibur in Las Vegas stuns players by dropping blackjack tournaments ... Dave Koop, games manager at Fitzgeralds in Reno, Nev., bowls a 300 game shortly before his 39th birthday ... Eight Atlantic City casinos issue 21,500
gaming chips featuring Tara Dawn Holland, 1997 Miss America ... Quebec’s three casinos prohibit dealers from accepting tips ... Capt. Lisa Steckfus, director of marine operations for Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Ind., is a fourth-generation riverboat captain ... Roger Jackson, of Mears, Mich., wins a $100,000 blackjack tournament at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas ... Marvin Peterson, of Crystal, Minn., tops a $10,000 blackjack tournament at Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minn. ... Jarek Markowlak, of Ukiah, Calif., wins $10,000 in a blackjack tournament at New York-New York in Las Vegas.
 

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     No. 102. November 1997, $15. 40 pages: On the 10th anniversary of Ken Uston’s death, Eddie Olsen traces the card counters final moments in an exclusive report. Others with exclusive articles about Uston include Vic Vickrey, 71, a veteran
casino executive who describes his longtime friendship with the controversial player; Gerard (Jerry) Fuerle, Uston’s former business manager, who recalls several of their adventures; Beth A. Uston, the oldest of three children, recalls the gentle side of her flamboyant father ... Tournament blackjack won a reprieve at Excalibur in Las Vegas with the rescheduling of an event ... Jay Thomas, of Houston, Tex., won five in a row to win $40,000 in a blackjack tournament at the Tropicana in Las Vegas ... The Aladdin in Las Vegas closed, putting 1,485 employees out of work, including Bill Zender, director of casino operations.


    No. 103. Dec. 1997 / Jan. 1998, $15. 40 pages: The Business of Winning: Eddie Olsen outlines money-management tips for players who don’t count cards ... On the Road With a Tournament Junkie Columnist G.I. Joseph: I made six room changes during a 20-day tournament marathon ...
Enrico Yori, of England, won $38,000 in the It’s ON Again Blackjack Tournament at the Excalibur in Las Vegas, topping 154 players ... Vito Frisone, of Las Vegas, collected $100,000 in the Fifth National Blackjack Finals at the Riviera in Las Vegas ... Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. purchased Showboat Inc. for $1.15 billion ... Columnist Kenneth Smith: The art of last-hand bets and the special “Rule of 2, 4 and 5” ... Columnist Sheldon Goldberg: Strategy for the last five hands in blackjack is a never-ending dilemma ... In Reno, the Nevada Club became the fifth casino in two years to close, joining Harolds Club, the Virginian, Horseshoe and Gambler.


   No. 104. Feb. / March 1998, $15. 44 pages: George Joseph, executive director of surveillance at Bally’s Las Vegas, describes efforts to weed out card counters from casino customers ... Columnist Eddie Olsen: Blackjack conditions are on the
decline because casinos don’t want to gamble ... Columnist G.I. Joseph recalls the early blackjack tournaments sponsored by International Gaming Promotions (IGP) ... Columnist Kenneth Smith describes strategic play variations for tournament blackjack ... Columnist I. Nelson Rose: Some casinos won’t pay jackpots when a slot machine malfunctions ... Columnist Sheldon Goldberg describes his 40 years as a gambler ... One player claims he thrives on crashing invitational events ... Las Vegas’ best single decks: Binion’s Horseshoe, Texas Station, Palace Station and Circus Circus; northern Nevada’s best single decks: Crystal Bay Club and the Silver Club. 


    No. 105. April 1998, $15. 44 pages: Columnist G.I. Joseph overcomes an Indiana snowstorm and describes his “most dangerous tournament adventure” ... Columnist Sheldon Goldberg: More advice from a longtime gambler ... James Ralph Hadley, columnist with Blackjack Confidential
Magazine, died from a stroke shortly after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 62 ... Mandalay Bay begins to take shape on a 60-acre site south of Luxor in Las Vegas ... Ian Levine, of La Miranda, Calif., won $14,000 in a blackjack tournament at the Santa Fe in Las Vegas ... Duane Mykleford, of Fosston, Minn., won $20,000 in the Best in the Midwest Blackjack Tournament at Treasure Island in Red Wing, Minn. ... Joe  McWilliams, of Las Vegas, topped 400 other players to win $100,000 in a blackjack tournament at the Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas ... Patrick Lim, of Arcadia, Calif., won $50,000 in a blackjack tournament at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas.


    No. 106. June 1998, $15. 44 pages: The 32-year-old Aladdin resort in Las Vegas was imploded to make way for a new $1.3 billion property scheduled to open in 2000. The original Aladdin, which closed Nov. 25, 1997, opened on the site of the former Tally-Ho Motel in 1966 ... Officials said
the first Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Classic will still be held in Las Vegas although the entertainer died from a heart attack May 14 at the age of 82 ... After three months of overnight cruises, New York City’s only gambling vessel ceased operations May 2 ... Columnist Gene Trimble: 10 casinos are in contention for Chip of the Year honors ... Special Report: It’s no longer, “Dummy up and deal” ... Joe Butterfield, of Lima, Ohio, won $8,182 in Nevada Landing’s first blackjack tournament at Jean, Nev. Vince Costa, of Glendale, Ariz., was second and Joe McWilliams, of Las Vegas, Nev., was third.


    No. 107. July 1998, $15. 40 pages: Columnist Connie Olsen: No other showroom headliner attracted customers like Frank Sinatra, who died May 14 at the age of 82 ... Columnist Sonny Schwartz: Remembering Frank Sinatra – a secret mensch! ... Foxwoods in Ledyard, Conn., produced the lone Frank Sinatra gaming chip in 1994 ... The
Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Classic, hosted at several Las Vegas locations, attracted dozens of celebrities, including Vic Damone, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Norm Crosby, Jack Carter, Jerry Vale, Jack Lemmon, Mike Connors, Robert Stack, Leslie Nielsen, Wayne Newton ... Columnist Eddie Olsen: The late Ken Uston considered “unbalanced” counting systems a modern development ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: Eyebrows were raised after some players said they received preferential treatment at a blackjack tournament at the Peppermill resort in Reno, Nev.


   No. 108. September 1998, $15. 44 pages: Security figures to be tight when Steve Wynn unveils his new $1.6 billion Bellagio Resort and $285 million art gallery that features art pieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Paul Cezanne ... Corey Lambert, a
security officer with the Tropicana in Las Vegas, proposed to blackjack dealer Melissa Fanciullo with a “marked” playing card while she was dealing; the card asked: “Will you marry me?” ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: Only 140 players – instead of an expected 252 – showed for a tournament at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, but the resort still paid $100,000 in prizes, including $60,000 to winner Joe Pane, of Matawan, N.J. ... Jarek Markowiak, of Ukiak, Calif., won $100,000 in a blackjack tournament at the Stardust in Las Vegas while David Page, of Silver Spring, Md., won $10,000 in a blackjack tournament at Nevada Landing in Jean, Nev.


    No. 109. Oct. / Nov. 1998, $15. 36 pages. Mike Tornes, of Maple Grove, Minn., captured the Best in the Midwest Blackjack Tournament at Treasure Island in Red Wing, Minn., collecting $20,000. Joe Braun, of Danube, Minn., was second and Jerry Krosnowski, of Burnsville, Minn. was third ... Singer
Tony Martin, 84, was booked at Harrah’s in Atlantic City ... After 42 years, the Holiday Hotel & Casino in Reno, Nev., prepared to cease operations and officials with the company described their problems in an interview with Columnist Connie Olsen ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: Tournament play can be frustrating. I considered retiring from competitive play not long ago. But, a money finish here and a tournament victory there can do a lot to lift your spirits and keep you on the tournament trail ... Jarek Markowiak, of Ukiak, Calif., scored his second win in 40 days, winning $100,000 in a blackjack tournament at the Stardust in Las Vegas.


    No. 110. December 1998, $15. 40 pages: Peter A. Griffin, a renowned gambling author who taught mathematics and statistics at California State University for more than 30 years, died Oct. 18 of prostate cancer. He was 61. Mr. Griffin was the author of two books on blackjack, a speaker at
international gaming conferences and consultant to casinos in both Reno and Las Vegas. Four pages of Blackjack Confidential Magazine’s coverage includes exclusive photos of Mr. Griffin and articles by blackjack authors Arnold Snyder and Stanford Wong ... Special Report: Some casinos believe the number of skilled blackjack players is increasing and are turning to high-tech methods to police their games ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: Lady Luck in Las Vegas hosted a first-class blackjack tournament ... Columnist Jarek Markowiak: So what’s your gut feeling – should you split those 9s? Here are some compelling numbers.


    No. 111. January 1999, $15, 44 pages: Columnist Kenneth Smith: A tournament strategy for insurance decisions. In tournament play, an insurance decision can be the difference between winning and losing ... Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas figures to open on schedule in March ... Columnist
Connie Olsen: Michele LaFong, a performer in the Funniest Females Revue at O’Shea’s in Las Vegas, recalls help she once received from legendary puppeteer Senor Wences ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: In 1998, I logged 123 travel days and took in 38 major blackjack tournaments ... Gerald (Jerry) Ogren won $60,000 in the 6th National Blackjack Finals at the Riviera in Las Vegas ... Samuel (Sonny) Schwartz, a radio-TV host and gaming advocate in Atlantic City, N.J., died of unspecified causes. Mr. Schwartz was believed to be 65 ... Dave Watson, of Orlando, Fla., won $50,000 in a blackjack tournament at Bally’s in Las Vegas.


   No. 112. March 1999, $15. 40 pages: Columnist Kenneth Smith: The agony and ecstasy of tournament blackjack ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: With tournaments galore, Minnesota is my kind of state ... Columnist Set Paylozyan: In tournament
play, a care for doubling down on blackjack ... Special Report: For skilled blackjack players, casino “justice” isn’t always fair ... Las Vegas prepares for more new casinos; Mandalay Bay next, Paris-Las Vegas in the fall ... Columnists Pat & Alice Tarantino: Aruba is a great place to visit, but don’t expect anything special in blackjack ... Art Fischman, of Rochester, N.Y., became the first player to win two tournaments in the same day at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., collecting $5,040 ... Columnist Gene Trimble: A gaming chip show at the President Casino in Biloxi, Miss., focused on collectibles from long-ago illegal casinos.


    No. 113. May 1999, $15. 44 pages.


    No. 114. June 1999, $15. 44 pages: Accompanied by Sheldon Adelson, actress Sophia Loren managed to upstage opening-day ceremonies at the $1.5 billion Venetian Resort Hotel Casino opens in Las Vegas. Describing the 64-year-old actress, Kurt Ouchida of The Venetian
called her beauty “timeless.” Other celebrities on hand included singer-actor Robert Goulet, casino owner Steve Wynn, Bob Maheu, a former aide to Howard Hughes, and Chef Emeril Lagasse ... Joe DeLeon, of Arleta, Calif., displayed nerves of steel while winning $75,000 in the Grand Prix of Blackjack Tournament at the Stardust in Las Vegas ... Tom Fischer, an engineer from Palmdale, Calif., defeated his closest challenger by $50 to win $9,000 in the Captain’s Challenge Blackjack Tournament at Nevada Landing in Jean, Nev. ... Charles Gorson, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., risked $5,000 on the last hand to win the $250,000 Baccarat Tournament at Trump Marina in Atlantic City. Gorson received a first-place check of $175,000 from Trump Plaza owner Donald Trump.


   No. 115. August 1999, $15. 44 pages:


   No. 116. Sept. 1999, $15. 40 pages: In “Tournament betting: The art of a strong finish,” Columnist Kenneth Smith writes, “If you look at each hand as an opportunity to improve your position, you’ll see lots of chances to take advantage of your lead [for players who are in the
lead].” Smith notes that not all leads are equally valuable and lists four amounts that matter ... At 86, singer Frankie Laine looks forward to a return engagement at The Orleans in Las Vegas. His favorite song? Without hesitation, Laine replied: “I Believe” in an interview with Columnist Connie Olsen ... Detroit’s first casino – MGM Grand Detroit Casino – opened to standing-room only crowds in sweltering heat. Opening dates for two other casinos – MotorCity and Greektown – are still up in the air ... Harold Karcher, of Starlight, Pa., walked off with $20,000 after winning the Beast of the East Blackjack Tournament at Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, N.Y. It was New York’s first major live-money tournament.


   No. 117. October 1999, $15. 40 pages. Gary Wallin, a veteran pit boss and tournament director of the Little Six Casino in Prior Lake, Minn., won $20,400 while capturing the Best in the West Blackjack Tournament at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing, Minn. ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: Blackjack at MGM Grand Detroit can best be described as having hefty betting minimums and stingy penetration (50%-69%). 


    No. 118. November 1999, $15. 40 pages: The Four Queens in Las Vegas adds eight single-deck blackjack games and Ken Arthur, new director of casino operations, declared, “We’re here to gamble.” ... MotorCity Casino is training 650 new dealers while gearing up to become Detroit’s
second gaming property ... Thousands turned their backs on the famed French Quarter to celebrate the opening of Harrah’s New Orleans under clear, starry skies ... Entertainer Wayne Newton signed a 10-year contract with the Stardust in Las Vegas ... Singer Frankie Laine, 86, prepares for a three-day gig at The Orleans in Las Vegas ... Columnist G.I. Joseph: The New Frontier’s improved tournament format gets high marks ... Columnist Jim Blake: In search of blackjack games along the back roads of Nevada ... After 22 years, the Maxim in Las Vegas plans to close, putting 791 employees out of work.


    No. 119. January 2000, $15. 56 pages: “Gaming 2000,” a 56-page collector’s edition, features milestones, assorted lists, winners, blackjack oddities and rare photographs of gambling’s earliest days in Las Vegas, Reno and Atlantic City ... Kenneth S.
Uston, blackjack’s most flamboyant and publicized player, was named Blackjack Confidential Magazine’s “Player of the Century”; a special souvenir chip was made available by Blackjack Confidential Magazine. Other all-century selections included Lester (Benny) Binion, casino owner; William F. Harrah, casino executive; Stephen A. Wynn, casino entrepreneur ... After 47 years on stage, the McGuire Sisters – Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis – are still going strong; Phyllis discusses reasons for their longevity in an exclusive interview with Columnist Connie Olsen ... Columnist Deke Castleman: “Conceiving Las Vegas: Its never-ending development makes it a city without a past.”
 

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