When I did my Hooters review some guy at my table hit a soft 20. I think he thought it was a 10. What bothered me is the dealer just gave him the card without a friendly warning, as a good dealer would do.
A mistake I've seen lots of times is standing on soft totals under 17. For example soft 16 against a 5. I think it is faulty advice behind this of other gambling writers who say "the object of blackjack is to get as close 21 to as possible without going over." No, the object is to beat the dealer, without going over. A 16 is no better than a 0. With a soft 16, there is no risk to taking another card. The worst that will happen is you'll still be under 17, but there is a 38.5% chance of improving.
Worst plays :
I had a friend who was unemployed at the time. I lent him $100 to play BJ at Ac. We started at $5. When he was up about $20, he started playing two hands of $10. Before long he was playing 2 hands of $25. Playing Basic, but if the first handed busted, he would not hit the second hand if he could possibly bust it. I know I know DUMB. I kept telling myself that as he parlayed that $100 to $2300. When they had shift change and brought in new cards I insisted he leave. It was after midnight and babysitter was expecting us back in Baltimore already.
After cashing we were heading out and he was begging to stay. Then he made me an offer I could not refuse. He would spot me $100 for my action and we would leave after one hot shoe. Well, that first shoe was the hot one. He was playing $25 a hand, 2 hands , same dumb strategy. I won $80 and the fool left with $3800. LOL
You'd think the dealer would get the bet resolved before dealing, since it was apparent the player did not intend to double for less.Quote: dwheatley
Older guy who has been pounding back beers for a couple hours since 11am goes to double his 12 against a dealer bust card. He slides up 3 or 4 reds to match the stack. Dealer announces "doubling 12 for less". Guy laughs and says "It's not for less!". Dealer says "sure it is", and deals the card...