Greasyjohn
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:08:58 PM permalink
What are you looking for when you play blackjack? I' been to Vegas dozens of times over twenty-five years. I've had many hours of losing sessions and times when the dealer busted almost all the time. I've won at every place I've played on some trips, and just gotten killed on others. Forget about the "I should win about $25 an hour" stuff. You could have the worst player at your table and they're winning while you are losing - badly. I don't ever hate the game. I've won more than I've lost and take pride in the fact that I make the right playing decision no matter how much I have riding on the outcome. I trust the math. But I must admit, sometimes I'm not having fun. I played about an hour at Casino Royale recently. I had an over 2.5 percent advantage on their single-deck 6:5 game because of the BJ paid 2:1 coupon. It was a full table so there was only one round. I was betting $25 a hand at third base and played for over an hour. About 45 minutes in I got a blackjack-my only one-and the dealer got one too on that hand. I lost $500 in about an hour betting $25 a hand, that's a loss of twenty bets, and left with a blackjack pays 2:1 coupon that went unused. Been there? I've lost $800 in five minutes. I've lost 10 hands in a row. I'm tired right now, I'll tell you of my fantasy later.
Greasyjohn
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:19:39 PM permalink
There's one thing that all of us who love blackjack enjoy: You just arrived at your gambling destination, you buy in, place your first bet, and the cards are in the air!
AxiomOfChoice
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:29:43 PM permalink
I've never been in a game where I could regularly spot the hole card. That would be quite the experience!
sodawater
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:32:51 PM permalink
Playing at the same table as JuicyJennie!
Buzzard
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:34:14 PM permalink
Playing at a high limit table, with Aceofspades, and him asking me for a loan after he taps out. And of course I have to call Evenbob to see if he will guarantee Ace's marker.
Shed not for her the bitter tear Nor give the heart to vain regret Tis but the casket that lies here, The gem that filled it Sparkles yet
Buzzard
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:35:02 PM permalink
Hey, she dealing at my table. Hard to focus on the cards.
Shed not for her the bitter tear Nor give the heart to vain regret Tis but the casket that lies here, The gem that filled it Sparkles yet
michael99000
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:42:09 PM permalink
Quote: Greasyjohn

There's one thing that all of us who love blackjack enjoy: You just arrived at your gambling destination, you buy in, place your first bet, and the cards are in the air!



And often times that's the LAST enjoyable moment of the night !!
Greasyjohn
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:43:48 PM permalink
My fantasy: I want to have such a winning session that I get a little wild and bet higher than the limit that I've been playing. I start winning and before long I'm betting double, triple my previous highest wager. I want to be winning, having fun, and be betting 5 then 10 times my largest wager ever! Don't tell me about Kelly. I can afford it. I want an Archie Karas moment. And I WILL NOT LOSE IT ALL BACK. No Whacky 4 Queens tale that ends where it begins. I want the jacuzzi suite! I want a crowd, and like Dr. Thorp said, I want them to have goose bumps. I deserve this moment. I will reap what I have sown. Hundreds of hours studying this game. Come to me!
kewlj
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January 27th, 2014 at 11:29:13 PM permalink
I believe I have already had mine. It happened three years ago and I called it the 'perfect shoe', when I wrote about it several weeks afterwards on a now closed blackjack site. Not perfect because I won every round...I didn't. But I didn't lose a round from the time I started 'super-max betting' early in the shoe. If I play blackjack every day for another 30 years, I don't think I can top my 'perfect shoe'. I will give a recap and try to keep it short, but it is hard to do and still do it justice.

It was my second shoe of the day at my first casino of the day. The first shoe was uneventful. I was playing with 2 other gentlemen. The first few rounds, nothing but small cards were coming out. I was holding my own, winning a few rounds and losing a few rounds. I think I had a couple 5 card 20's and 21's. The two other gents weren't as fortunate. One dropped out after about 3 rounds, the other after about 5 or 6 rounds leaving me heads up with a monster high count which I was max betting. I started to win and as I said I did not lose a round for the remainder of the shoe which was at least 30 some rounds. After a few rounds, I started betting my super max bet, which is 50% higher than my traditional max bet. Let me explain that. My max bet is not set by bankroll limitations, but rather by a certain limit that I want to stay under for the purposes of drawing less attention. By this point, that concept was out the window. I was drawing attention, so I went to my supermax bet.

So over the remaining 30 some rounds, I pushed two hands and had one split hand, which one won and one lost. The remaining hands all won, including a number of double downs. Even one of the hands that I pushed seemed like a win, because I had a ten value card against the dealer ten value card and at that super high count, they correct play was to double. But with pit eyes on me, I decided to not get greedy and just hit drawing a 2 for a total of 12. Drew again and pulled an 8 for 20, which pushed the dealer 20. Had I double as called for, I would have lost the double down bet.

One amazing thing about that shoe: with all those 10's, faces and aces coming out, neither I nor the dealer received a blackjack. In the end, that one 15 minute shoe accounted for nearly one-third of my years total blackjack win. I was so rattled, I stopped playing for that day and had to take a couple more days to compose myself and that's kind of embarrassing.
Mission146
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January 28th, 2014 at 12:39:53 AM permalink
Quote: kewlj


One amazing thing about that shoe: with all those 10's, faces and aces coming out, neither I nor the dealer received a blackjack. In the end, that one 15 minute shoe accounted for nearly one-third of my years total blackjack win. I was so rattled, I stopped playing for that day and had to take a couple more days to compose myself and that's kind of embarrassing.



Nothing to be embarrassed about.

Let's say you have a traditional job and your salary is 60K/year. Just for fun, I'm your boss, and you walk in and I say, "Hey, KewlJ, I appreciate you getting that big contract for us, so I have a nice little bonus for you."

The day is Friday, and I hand you an envelope and tell you not to open it until you get home. You get home, expecting maybe a few hundred, open the envelope and there's a check for $30,000.

After you change your pants, aren't you going to be glad you're off Saturday/Sunday to compose yourself after that?
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