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|MESSAGE FROM ARNOLD SNYDER: HERE WE GO AGAIN! (OR, I OUGHT TO HAVE MY HEAD EXAMINED...)
By Arnold Snyder
(From Blackjack Forum Volume XXIV #1, Winter 2004/05)
© 2005 Blackjack Forum
As many of you are aware, I have attempted several times in the past to insert my friends and myself online, and each time I enter this medium I exit in frustration, swearing never again. My personal experience with blackjack web sites is that they have more negative aspects to them than positive. As a rule, the Internet is overrun with blowhards and egomaniacs who just like to see their handles in print. There are con men trying to sell idiotic gambling systems to the gullible. Casino surveillance spies pose as players and try to pry secrets from the naive. And unsuspecting players expose sensitive information to the house dicks, ruining games and sometimes real playersí careers.
Frankly, I have neither the time nor inclination to deal with this lunacy. Other than writing, and playing in the casinos when I feel like it, I have retired. Iíve become very cranky as a man of leisure. I like to say what I think, and I donít care much about stepping on peopleís toes. I tend to get sarcastic and not everyone appreciates my sense of humor.
But, with the death of Blackjack Forum (the magazine), I find myself with no soapbox from which to vent my bad attitude. The friends who participated in my prior web ventures are asking me to come back, since theyíve all been kicked off the other gambling sites for innumerable unforgivable infractions, such as poking fun at sacred cows, failing to bow down to the Almighty Blackjack Cyber-Gurus, and on occasion just flat-out telling the truth. Plus, Iím getting tired of all the queries from my former subscribers who keep reading about me on other Web sites, and asking me the same questions over and over.
"Is it true you told so-and-so to go #*%@( himself?"
"Is it true you called such-and-such a phony ^&#@%?"
"Is it true you are now bitter enemies with [insert long list of well-known blackjack authorities]?"
Answer: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.
"Is it true you stalked [beloved hero of many], cornered him in an alley behind the Stratosphere, and beat his brains in with a ball-peen hammer?"
Answer: You got a problem with that?
"Is it true you infiltrated the last Green Chip Party that was held at the Wendover Taco Bell, whipped an AK47 out from under your trench coat, and proceeded to slaughter one and all in a bloodbath that left the restaurant splattered with human entrails, cheese nachos, and nickel chips from the Peppermill?"
Answer: That case is still pending so my attorney wonít let me comment on it. But Loeb tells me Iíll go scot-free provided the Peppermill gets their chips back.
"Is it true you were spotted recently at Boulder Station betting silver on Super Fun 21?"
"Is it true you were spotted recently betting silveró"
Answer: I heard you . . . and that I deny! Itís a flat-out vicious rumor, no doubtconcocted by one of my enemies.
In any case, I have hopefully cleared the air on some of this ancient history, and now that weíve gotten that out of the way, Welcome back to Blackjack Forum!If you are a former Blackjack Forum subscriber, then you know that the magazine was one-of-a-kind, a compilation of the best writing, analyses, and reports by serious and professional gamblers ever published.
There is one big difference with this new online version of the mag that Iím sure youíll like, and that is that it is 100% FREE! The articles are free. The library is free. My blog is free. The whole damn thing is free.
There is another difference you may not like as well. After more than two decades of hassling with printing deadlines, subscriber lists, renewal notices, proofreading copy, layout goofs, delivery problems, envelope stuffing, credit card authorization snafus, wholesaler collection run-arounds, bulk mailing regulations, advertising flyers, and taxes, taxes, taxes . . . I couldn’t take it anymore. I knew in my heart that at one time there was a reason why I put up with all this tedium, bureaucracy, and frustration. I guess I really did have a deep abiding love for mankind. But somewhere along the way, I stopped taking psychedelic drugs. So, the way it works now is I put up an issue when I feel like it—that is, when enough good material has come in, from either my own head or from serious players and researchers, that I feel it's worth my time to put together another issue.
I'm blogging primarily on fiction right now, because supporting my fiction reading and writing habit is the reason I got into blackjack in the first place (see The Lost Meat Spear Manuscript for further information). You can find my fiction blog at Write-aholic.com, where I post fiction book reviews, essays on the writing process, and my own short stories, which are often about professional gamblers. Even if you're not much into fiction, I hope you'll drop by and say hello. I miss a lot of you nut cases.
I also have a book coming out in Spring of 2013 titled Radical Blackjack, with some heretofore unpublished tricks on shuffle tracking, hole carding, next card play, and radical rebate strategies.
In the meantime, remember, give greed a chance. ♠
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