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  • What Does Playing Blackjack Have in Common with Playing Football?
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    By Robert Bell It isn’t entirely unknown for a football player to become a professional card player when they retire from the game. Evan Mathis, Calais Campbell, and Antoine Winfield are a few of the former players who started playing poker seriously. There are fewer obvious examples of NFL players… Read more »
  • Blackjack Side Bets
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    by Simon Beasor  For many players, the attraction of blackjack is the simplicity of the rules and the bets placed.  However, for some, these are a big disadvantage of the game. Some players are not satisfied with the even money game and want a little more excitement, and potential profit,… Read more »
  • WHAT’S NEW (JUNE 2018 – JULY 2019)
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    Lots of new stuff on the Blackjack Review Network. Check it out! Click on the NEW link to get the latest updates. 07/31/19: Added entries for Doublet Blackjack, Exchange Blackjack, Easy Jack, Highest Hand Bet, Lucky Cat, Your Way 21 and Instant 18. 1) 07/31/19: Updated entry for Double Up… Read more »
  • Top Tips For Blackjack Gamblers
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    By Mike Aponte  TopTipsForBlackjackGamblers   Mike Aponte is a former member of the MIT Blackjack Team and provides private blackjack training, coaching and card counting classes.  Visit MikeAponte.com for more information.  RETURN TO BLOG MENU Read more »
  • Four Commonly Misplayed Blackjack Hands
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    By Alex Tester In blackjack, a lot of players make some pretty significant mistakes. What might seem like a “common sense” play is actually a pretty serious misplay if you consider the odds. Here are four commonly misplayed blackjack hands that you should avoid. Taking insurance                   While you might feel… Read more »
  • PRESS RELEASE: John Terry and BK8 Development
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    It should be known by now that the Chelsea FC’s best captain, John Terry has agreed on a deal to be BK8.com’s brand ambassador. Besides that, John Terry has become BK8.com’s first ever brand ambassador. The deal and appointment were announced on February 2019 in Manila, Philippines. John Terry appointment… Read more »
  • How to Choose a Real-Money Blackjack Casino
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    by Julia Beyers Introduction We have designed this ultimate guide for all blackjack lovers looking for trusted online websites to play this game for real money. It’s a difficult task to find the best one, so read through the following information to learn the basics of blackjack, and get valuable… Read more »
  • BK8.com lands John Terry as their main ambassador
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    PRESS RELEASE: February 15th 2019 announcement in Manila, BK8.com has named John Terry, English Premier League’s most successful club captains and Chelsea FC legend as the group’s first Brand Ambassador. Manila, The Philippines: BK8.com, one of Asia’s biggest brands within the online gaming industry, secured the appointment of the English… Read more »
  • Single Play Promo and Free Play Chips
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    Bill Zender Newsletter – December 20, 2018 ( Reprinted with permission ) Dear Friends and Business Associates, I just want to take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy and Joyous New Year.  I’m sorry that I have been unable to conduct my usual consulting… Read more »
  • Tips to Find the Best Online Gambling Apps for Card Games
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    by John Stone When you enjoy card games, you may want to play and gamble on your Smartphone or other devices. A key part of enjoying a game on your phone or tablet is having the right apps. Fortunately, you can find the online gambling apps for card games by… Read more »
  • Bill Zender Newsletter – August 2018
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    By Bill Zender and Associates (Reprinted with permission) August 7, 2018  Dear Friends and Business Associates, Just so everyone is clear, UNR/OSU cancelled the table game track of their presentation in Tulsa, and I won’t be traveling to Oklahoma to teach.  Instead, I have enrolled in the 11thAnnual Las Vegas Anti-Money Laundering… Read more »
  • What is correct basic strategy for blackjack?
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    By Michael Dalton There is only one correct basic strategy for blackjack given a set of established rules. However, since all casinos don’t offer the same rules the basic strategy can be slightly different from game to game. Also, the number of decks used affects the basic strategy slightly. Peter… Read more »
  • What’s New (Feb – June 2018)
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    Lots of new stuff on the Blackjack Review Network. Check it out! Click on the NEW link to get the latest updates. 06/26/18: Improved Blackjack Basic Strategy Calculator layout. 06/26/18: Improved site optimization / loading speed. 06/04/18: Added entry for Triple Win 20. 05/26/18: Added entry for Deal or No… Read more »
  • Blackjack: The Best Casino Game to Play Online?
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    What Makes Blackjack the Best Casino Game to Play Online? by Nick White Blackjack is one of the most well-known casino games enjoyed in land-based casinos across the globe. Most every casino offers the game because players want to enjoy the thrill of beating the dealer with 21. When it… Read more »
  • Live Dealer Blackjack
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    Live Dealer Blackjack: A Great Game for Casino Enthusiasts By Nick White If you enjoy online casino games, live dealer blackjack is a great game you should consider trying. Live dealer games are one of the most popular genres available today in online casino gaming, offering players the experience of… Read more »
  • Words to Die By!
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    Words and phrases to avoid at the blackjack table  by Michael DaltonCopyright 1996 – 2018Originally published in the Summer 1996 issue of Blackjack Review Words can indeed be our own worst enemy!  What we say and how we react to others can often mirror our intelligence, and reflect on our… Read more »
  • What’s New (July 2017 – Feb 2018)
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    Lots of new stuff on the Blackjack Review Network.   Check it out!  Click on the NEW link to get the latest updates.  02/23/18: Added encyclopedia entry for the Rule of 45. 02/23/18: Added encyclopedia entry for Jeffery Oxley’s book Winning Blackjack for the Average Joe. 02/22/18: Added encyclopedia entry for… Read more »
  • Blackjack History Database Project
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    The first scientific and mathematically sound attempt to devise an optimal blackjack playing strategy was revealed in September 1956.  Roger Baldwin, Wilbert Cantey, Herbert Maisel and James McDermott published a paper titled The Optimum Strategy in Blackjack in the Journal of the American Statistical Association.  This paper would become the… Read more »
  • Bill Zender Newsletter – January 2018
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    Bill Zender and Associates Newsletter January 9, 2017 Dear Friends and Business Associates, I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season, and is looking forward to a prosperous year in 2018.  I have planned to kick off the first quart of this year with a seminar on “Optimal Defensive Card… Read more »
  • How to Deal with Issues at Online Gambling Sites
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    How to Deal with Issues at Online Gambling Sites By Alice Mason Online gambling has become a beloved way of gambling by players across the globe. The ease of betting from anywhere and anytime attracts a higher number of players. But once you start playing, it is not necessary that… Read more »

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