Heading off to The Star tonight with the lads.
I'm not a counter - nor would there be any point where every table has a CSM - but should be fun all the same, Rules are pretty good though with S17 still in place as opposed to Crown in Melbourne. I know they offer shoe games in the high limit rooms but I'm not a big enough punter to be invited more than once.
Will report on the outcome...
I just wish we had Video Poker in AU but no such luck.
The only place in Australia where I ever saw VP was at the RSL club in Canberra - and even then, it was "Aces or Better".
I think most of the Queensland casinos have VP, but I have never been there.
Quite some time ago, one gambling firm even offered to build a competitor's casino just to get their own casino expansion approved.
I understand those service-related clubs in Australia will have a restaurant, several function rooms, a fully equipped gym, a bar ... and often lots of slot machine looking things often called pokies.
Except for the gym, that describes the one I saw back in 1992, although the restaurant (Chinese) may have been attached rather than part of the club.
And I am fairly certain the only difference between a "pokie" and a "slot machine" is, a "pokie" always has A, K, Q, J, 10, and usually lower numbers as well, as its lower-level symbols. (Aren't these all over the place in Vegas, mainly at penny and nickel level? The only one I'm sure of off the top of my head is Deal Or No Deal.)
Hence we call electronic machines 'pokies' but without any reference to poker. If we do indeed have Video Poker machines somewhere in AU (I'm still looking), we would probably still refer to someone playing the machine as 'playing the pokies'. Strange but true.
Anyway, I finished the night with a slight positive return of a couple of hundred dollars. Up and down on BJ with no real standout hands. Probably the most fun part of the night was seeing the reactions of fellow players to my friend's novice decisions such as hitting a hard 17 and standing on a soft 15. And before you all ask, yes: I offered friendly advice which always ended with 'but do what you want mate; it's your cash'.