It wasn't the worst, but a bone head move on my part. I was playing a double deck hand held game about a year ago. My first two cards were low cards and every time I indicated a hit, I continued to get low cards. Finally after asking for about four hits I miscounted my total and thought I had a 22. I threw my cards down to indicated I busted, but the dealer and everyone at the table said almost at the same time I had a 21.
You played it right, but you should have learned to not sit at third base.Quote: JB
What happened next was like a Phil Hellmuth outburst: the young hotshot guy immediately gets up from his seat, pointing out that I took the dealer's bust card, . . . .
I learned a valuable lesson that day: don't play at a blackjack table unless the only other person there is the dealer!
Did you get paid for your winning hand?Quote: mgreiche
. . . . I miscounted my total and thought I had a 22. I threw my cards down to indicated I busted, but the dealer and everyone at the table said almost at the same time I had a 21.
It is unethical to give advice that is clearly wrong, but I'm sure the dealer in those situations believes he is correct. An uneducated dealer is one of the worst blackjack players around. They hear every possible superstition and incorrect assumption from their players. Those ideas plant in their heads and they start to notice all the times those assumptions prove true and fail notice when they don't. Your average dealer truly believes insuring a good hand is the right thing to do, that even money is smart, surrender is stupid, and that the guy on third base just took his bust card.
What I find the most unethical is when dealers allow a new/uneducated/drunk player to make an extremely obvious, extremely bad play without a polite confirmation. The Wizard's example of the player hitting a soft 20 is a great example. The dealer should have pointed out the guest had a 20 and then asked if he still wanted to hit. Ditto when players attempt stand on soft 16 and below. On the flip side, nothing is worse than the dealer criticizing a play, even if it's wrong. "You really want to hit that 13 against my 3? You're going to take my bust card and cause the whole table to lose."
You played it right, but you should have learned to not sit at third base.
Did you get paid for your winning hand?
Was playing at a $25 blackjack table and this dude comes over and announces to the table that he just lost 800 in 5 minutes in roulette. He buys 500 in green, bets 300 on the first hand. Gets a 15 vs. dealer's 8, pulls out another hundred from a wad in his pocket and says double down. Dealer says to him "you must know something that I don't know". Deals him a 10 for 25. Guy curses under his breath and leaves the table. UN-believable what some people will do with their money.
Last night a guy got a Q and a 10, I had a 5 up. I assumed he was going to stay so I flipped over my card and took another 10 and busted. He said hey I was going to split. I said I could call over a floorman and get your split for you. He said never mind, took his win and left. :( I try to not have dissatisfied customers. I told my floorman what happened and he laughed.
What happened next was like a Phil Hellmuth outburst: the young hotshot guy immediately gets up from his seat, pointing out that I took the dealer's bust card, and starts shouting to everyone in the vicinity about how I was such an idiot because I doubled down on 18. He continued to verbally express his disbelief at my "stupidity" to anyone willing to listen for the next several minutes.
Thanks to this dummy who told my dad to remove the saften pin before launching the device took my fathers life. I pray that he will have nightmares till the day he dies for what he has done. He took two innocent men's lives for nothing.
angry know-it-all's who don't know anything
In my saddest post I have made on this site, I told a story about a know-it-all who got someone killed on a sea test in the early 90's. Wouldn't you know it, the dead man's son, who was a toddler at the time, joined this site and responded about his anger at losing his father as a child, and learning that no one was punished for it as an adult.