Hill44
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August 17th, 2017 at 8:33:09 PM permalink
MerpMerp, in my limited experience with the new setup at the Sands, the dealers seem very high energy and cheer you on. There are a lot of tables though so expect all sorts of weird splits, doubles and hits the greater # of players at your session.
MrCasinoGames
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October 10th, 2017 at 9:17:52 AM permalink
More info on (Stadium Blackjack) Sep/4/2017: Stadium Blackjack.

BTW, TCS-JohnHuxley with Novomatic has similar game (Parallel Blackjack) 19/Oct/2009: Parallel Blackjack.

Both Stadium-Blackjack and Parallel-Blackjack use Common-Draw Flop-Cards.

I have (Common-Hand Blackjack®) it doesn't use Common-Draw Cards, invented 2006. Common-Hand Blackjack®.
Last edited by: MrCasinoGames on Oct 10, 2017
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Sandybestdog
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October 10th, 2017 at 11:15:00 AM permalink
I found a casino that has stadium blackjack but deals it from a shoe. I have never counted cards before but I figured I would try this out. I played it for a few hours the other day and it seems like it would work. My question is do these machines have some sort of software alerting someone if they are spreading their bets? I mean I don't see how they couldn't, I'm just wondering. I wasn't planning on doing anything crazy, maybe going from 1x$5 to 3x$25. The casino that it's at I would probably rate at an 8 out of 10 on the sweaty scale. I really don't feel like getting any more taps on the shoulder.
DJTeddyBear
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October 10th, 2017 at 12:16:36 PM permalink
It must be doing good business.

PA Sands took out a couple poker tables to make room for about 20 more BJ terminals.
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racquet
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October 10th, 2017 at 5:26:30 PM permalink
This is not a good sign.

One dealer can deal to hundreds of terminals. Labor costs are miniscule compared to staffing pits of live tables.

It's a CSM, so it's uncountable. Oversight is minimal. No need to apply sweat.

There are no chips. Deposit cash in a slot, receive a coupon to be redeemed at the cage. No fills. No floor approval of buy-ins or cash-outs.

OK, there are significant hardware costs in installing the terminals. But how much did you pay for your last laptop?

Want to institute a new side-bet? No felts to replace, no dealer training. The dealers are robots. (And how long before that is LITERALLY true?)

Finally, the demographics of all table games is trending older every day. Analog games like craps and blackjack are not drawing the younger crowd, who have grown up using a digital device / video to interact with the outside world for every interaction there is.

We're doomed.
Venthus
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March 30th, 2018 at 9:11:31 AM permalink
Quote: racquet

There are no chips. Deposit cash in a slot, receive a coupon to be redeemed at the cage. No fills. No floor approval of buy-ins or cash-outs.

Want to institute a new side-bet? No felts to replace, no dealer training. The dealers are robots. (And how long before that is LITERALLY true?)

Finally, the demographics of all table games is trending older every day. Analog games like craps and blackjack are not drawing the younger crowd, who have grown up using a digital device / video to interact with the outside world for every interaction there is.


Crotchety member of the younger crowd checking in.

So I gave this a shot at the Venetian recently and have severely mixed feelings. Rules there are 5$min, 6:5, CSM, DAS, NRSA but I'm fairly certain you can split other cards up to four hands, includes Royal Match and Pair Plus (or some extremely similar variant) sidebets. Was pretty much nice and quiet (frankly, reminded me of that old Downtown Grand thread where people were discussing 'slogans' they could use...) in the daytime hours; primetime... less so, if you sat in front of a bunch of stereotypical British footballers (think English fratboys). Daytime dealer was sedate; nighttime tried to incorporate an energetic group atmosphere. Machines are equipped with USB chargers and drink service was fairly prompt. (Based on her tray, people playing those machines are nigh nonexistent tippers.)

There's a live camera feed that you can view the dealt cards from on a larger screen or in the corner of your terminal... and I have to say, that people play insanely here. One hand, which particularly stuck out as memorable to me, involved 44vT... tracing the dealt cards backwards, somebody actually split that to three hands, and, given the order of cards, that was the only way to win.

What leaves me really mixed on this is that, despite the fairly bad rules (...about as bad as you can get, really. What else can they do, D10/11 only, BJ-even money, ties lose?), I actually rather like the plodding pace and that nobody* cares that I'm sitting there reading on my phone while everybody else does their own thing. Admittedly, the positive feelings are augmented by the fact that it's the only expletive game of BJ I've been able to win on all week (how on earth do you end up down 60 units in two and a half hours flatbetting a 3:2 DD S17 game?). As a result, I learned that there is actually a limit to the amount of money you can keep on the machine before a floor manager has to come by (and, in this case, actually be like 'What did you do!?'), so... cash out early. Unfortunately, the sedate atmosphere I prefer runs contrary to the intended design so take it with a grain of salt.

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