Well a lot of this is going to depend on heat. I've had casinos where their 6D S17 $50 min shoe games are watched like HAWKS while just down the pit there are some $15 H17 8D games that they could give two sh*ts about and you can BLAST away at those games all day. In that case, the 8D game is a wayyyyy better game to play. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I consider HEAT to be the #1 playing condition / rule to be aware of. If you can find a game with zero heat, even with bad rules it can be a gold mine. I look at heat, then penetration, then the table rules themselves. In the same scenario above with 6D S17 $50 min and 50% penetration... then 8D H17 $15 min with 90% penetration, the 8D game will yield you more per hour guaranteed, without even considering the heat the better rule game will bring.Quote: JoelDeze
...Given my limited choices, what do you suggest?
So in order to make a good suggestion, I'd need to know:
1) The level of heat on both games
2) The penetration on both games
3) Your max bet for your Bankroll
That's great to hear you've been reading up a bit more and having some nice positive variance. Also sounds like you found your home on the $25 tables for now (which is not at all too terrible a place to be!)... especially if you can back count and always wong in at TC +1 =).Quote: JoelDeze
I've been doing just that thanks to your advice. I now play $25 tables only with my max bet at $200.
Last night I played really well and ended up clearing $1,400 on a couple of advantageous shoes that encountered a great count and positive variance. I felt comfortable and confident and I played relaxed but focused. I really appreciate the advice and I've been reading quite a bit now. As the casino has opened up a lot more $25 tables recently, I'm able to back count to TC 1 before sitting down.
I've actually done this before while getting called in to a hot shoe. Come in, bet large, and play the role of a dummy. The BEST hands to ask for advice on are the hands that are the most obvious, because if I have 10v10 and the TC is +4, I want to double, so I don't want the table to tell me "just hit." So when I get 13 v dealer 10, I'll ask "should I hit this?" because the answer is always going to be "yes" which is also the correct play =).Quote: theoriemeister
Interesting discussion about heat. My local casino's BJ table is $5 - $100, with absolutely NO heat whatsoever, at least as far as I can tell. For instance, last night this guy comes in during the middle of a shoe, plops down $200, and spreads to 2 hands ($100 each). One hand requires a double, so back to the wallet. He loses the double but wins the other. Loses both hands the next deal, more $$ from the wallet. At one point he spreads to 3 hands, $100 each. He also asks the dealer about raising the house limit, but is denied. After about 6-8 minutes the guy is in for a bout $900-1000, but finally catches a few good breaks, wins a few hands, but walks away down $200-300. All in less than 10 minutes. And during the play he's asking the table how to play: "13 v. dealer 7, should I hit that?", "Should I split these 2s against the dealer 4?" Geez, if I'm betting $100 a hand I'd absolutely know how to play!!
Well, this happens in big and small casinos it just depends on their education level and/or tolerance. Some of the smarter places don't care AT ALL about the low limit tables because they know they can't be beat for much on them, and the majority of counters are under funded anyways and will bust themselves out due to regular variance. Then, at places that have no clue about counting they still don't care about the $5 tables because well, they have no clue. The "no clue" in general (each casino is different) happens at the smaller-town casinos that you mentioned.Quote: theoriemeister
Anyway, the casino doesn't really have a pit boss, but rather something akin to a 'floor manager.' The manager is only called over to a table when someone buys in for $100 or more (usually the dealer just calls out 'check one' and the manager replies 'okay'), or when the result of play requires a dealer payout of $100+, or there's a late bet, or the dealer forgets to pay a bet, etc. A lot of times, the floor manager is simply another dealer who's waiting to go on shift. No one EVER takes notes, or watches play. They're usually watching the ball game on the 4-5 TVs in the room or chit chatting with the dealers or some of the regulars. If I suddenly raised my bet from $5 to $75, no one would bat an eye. Perhaps an advantage of smaller-town casino?
If you're referring to my 3 A-Z articles they're available in the Articles Section of this site. Here are the links:Quote: troopscott
Do you have the link to the articles? ...