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buzzpaff
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March 12th, 2012 at 10:39:25 AM permalink
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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.




I was at an Indian casino several weeks ago. Double deck pitch. Dealer had just busted and turned over 3rd bade who had A3. An expert sitting to my left remarked " You stayed on 4 ? " But then added: " Oh, the dealer had a 5 up and was supposed to bust. Sorry, I forgot that." LOL
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March 12th, 2012 at 10:46:45 AM permalink
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
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March 12th, 2012 at 10:53:09 AM permalink
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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



What, you don't make $3800 with a $100 bankroll? LOL
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March 12th, 2012 at 11:00:45 AM permalink
I know I know. Trying doing that the right way? ROFLMAO
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March 12th, 2012 at 11:03:16 AM permalink
I've seen worse than this one, but it happened recently at a Spanish 21 table and gave me a good chuckle.

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: NINE. Everyone celebrates. Dealer reveals the GREEN chip hiding under the small stack of reds in the main betting circle and pays the slightly humbled but still very happy drunk guy.
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March 12th, 2012 at 11:27:38 AM permalink
This week a guy joined our table. He would signal to hit every hand. When he tried to hit his 20, we figured out that he didn't know the hand signal for stand, so we taught him that. But then he would stand only on 18 or more regardless of the dealer's up card. Two players cashed out without saying anything, but we knew why they left. Two players joined the table and one of them immediately spoke up to the bad player. I was expecting him to say, "The dealer had a 6 and you hit 12! You're costing us money!", but instead he spoke nicely saying, "You're hitting too much. You're costing yourself money. You should research this game before playing it." It was surprising to hear a blackjack player speaking so reasonably! The other new player replied, "I'll keep an eye on him and help him out," and this expert immediately stood on 14 vs the dealer's 8.
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March 12th, 2012 at 11:28:21 AM permalink
Harrahs New Orleans a couple of young Asian guys come up and sit at the BJ table. They had had a few cocktails and they were doubling everything from a six to fifteen. At first they hit a couple and the pit boss came over, but it was apperant after losing their next bunch of hands they had no idea what they were doing.
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March 12th, 2012 at 11:34:42 AM permalink
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...

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.
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March 31st, 2012 at 2:02:42 PM permalink
A couple days ago while playing at the Mirage, I surrendered a 15 vs dealer 10. A player at the table asked "What's surrender?" and the dealer explained. A few hands later, the same guy surrendered 9,9 vs dealer 4. That's probably the worst I've seen.
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March 31st, 2012 at 2:25:44 PM permalink
This has happened several times at one of my local casinos. Always said by the same dealer who, obviously, has no concept of the game.
Cards are dealt out, dealer turns over his top card, an Ace. Insurance is offered. Newbie speaks up" whats that mean?". Actually a very solid question. Dealer explains. Then adds his own personal advice of " basic strategy recommends only insuring a 20"!
I have never said anything to the dealer, nor have I spoken up at the time to debunk the idea. I have had a conversation with other dealers that I am friendly with, most just laugh.

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