I like adding your suggestions to my "ammunition" and "lifeline" pocket - Tks for tips, which BTW all make perfect sense to me.
I believe reading somewhere about rules that say I can tell the dealer to save my place so I can take a bathroom break (or whatever). Is that correct?
You suggested that if I buy-in for, say, $80, I should leave when I hit $160 or $0, of after 45 min if I haven't reached either limit. Other postings I've read suggest I leave when my bankroll is down 50%, or if I'm up 30-40%.
I noticed during some of my practice sessions on WOO's BJ Game & Trainer, that with good play I am fortunate enough to get a winning streak after 10 deals and end up with $52.50. The Game bankroll is $1,000 but I know my starter bankroll would indeed be $80 (to match what I do when I play VP Deuces are Wild).
So if I've made $52.50 after just 10 deals, should I (a newbie, reminder) indeed leave the table and go do something else for a while before thinking of returning to the BJ table?
I know part of the experience is recreational, and it will be for me. And it seems wise to leave when I'm winning.
Just looking for thoughts from you or other readers.
I've been able to memorize the Wizard Strategy simple exceptions by Jeff Pepper (only 18 cells to remember!). We're getting ready to go on a Carnival Cruise trip, and I verified that they do have 3:2 blackjack, but the minimum bet starts at $10. That's a bit rich for my pocket. They do have $5 minimum to play 6:5 blackjack or "21". I am going to play recreational with a modest bankroll of $500. This will be my first time on a live blackjack table.
Any advice from those of you with more playing experience?
I would stay away from ANY game in ANY shipboard casino. Here's why: a ship at sea is essentially its own jurisdiction, subject PERHAPS to admiralty law and PERHAPS to the laws of the country in which the ship is registered (which is often someplace like Liberia, and rarely the US). My point is that you would not have ANY recourse if you were cheated. The casino could remove several ten-count cards from the shoe, for example, and you could never detect it--and the house edge would be increased by several percent (you couldn't tell, for example, if there was one less ten of diamonds, Jack of spades, Queen of hearts, and King of clubs in the shoe). While you don't have to worry about direct dealer cheating (a good cheating dealer wouldn't work for the minimum wage and the limited hours that a cruise ship provides), you have NO assurance that the game is fair. There IS NO independent monitoring or auditing of shipboard casinos, and if you somehow did feel that you were cheated, all you could do is complain to the ones who were cheating you! Good luck with that.
Aside from that, you are paying $100+ a day to be on board this ship. Presumably, that's because you are getting experiences that you can't duplicate--the onboard meals and entertainment, the ports of call, etc. But you can find a casino practically anywhere in the country--or the world--these days; there's a casino under every rock. Why spend your time and money doing something you could just as easily do by hopping in your car and driving an hour or two to your local casino?
Other people have called me paranoid (and a lot worse) for refusing to gamble in places where I have no protection from fraud and cheating and no recourse for damages, but we paranoid people tend to last longer :) Think about it. You're playing the Mega Gonzo Ship on a Shingle Progressive dollar machine and you hit the jackpot for three million dollars. The casino manager comes up to you and says, "Sorry, but Nigerian Cruise Lines has had a pretty bad year, and we're not going to pay you." What would you do? What COULD you do? (I know we're talking BJ here, but the principle is the same.)