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FourFiveFace
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February 26th, 2012 at 10:58:22 PM permalink
There's common mistakes that people make, and then there's staying on 12-13 against a dealer high card, which I have seen before. Next-closest would probably be doubling down on 6 (against a bust card, but still...). I almost saw someone split fives, but she finally decided to double-down.
PopCan
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February 26th, 2012 at 11:09:25 PM permalink
Don't know if this counts, but many years ago when I was dealing I had a guy betting a few hundred one hand and the minimum on the spots before it and after it. He had some sort of system where he'd use the minimum hands to eat cards. This meant staying on a hard 8, hitting 20s, you name it and he probably did it. I don't believe he was even attempting any sort of advantage play as the massive losses he was taking on the other hands would eat any legitimate edge.

The most common one I saw when dealing was people staying on soft totals below 17. I would gently try to explain why it wouldn't make their hand any worse but you can only say so much. The problem was that if you insisted they hit and they "took my bust card" I'd look like an ass.
winmonkeyspit3
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February 26th, 2012 at 11:19:38 PM permalink
Was playing at a $25 blackjack table and this dude comes over and announces to the table that he just lost 800 in 5 minutes in roulette. He buys 500 in green, bets 300 on the first hand. Gets a 15 vs. dealer's 8, pulls out another hundred from a wad in his pocket and says double down. Dealer says to him "you must know something that I don't know". Deals him a 10 for 25. Guy curses under his breath and leaves the table. UN-believable what some people will do with their money.
YoDiceRoll11
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February 26th, 2012 at 11:19:39 PM permalink
Quote: PopCan

The most common one I saw when dealing was people staying on hard totals below 17.



Sometimes depending on the count and dealer card, I've stayed on hard 15's and 16's all the time. Works well. Supposed "expert" players who are sitting next to me scoff at me depending on what casino I'm at. They can shove it as I color up.
YoDiceRoll11
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February 26th, 2012 at 11:22:33 PM permalink
Quote: winmonkeyspit3

Was playing at a $25 blackjack table and this dude comes over and announces to the table that he just lost 800 in 5 minutes in roulette. He buys 500 in green, bets 300 on the first hand. Gets a 15 vs. dealer's 8, pulls out another hundred from a wad in his pocket and says double down. Dealer says to him "you must know something that I don't know". Deals him a 10 for 25. Guy curses under his breath and leaves the table. UN-believable what some people will do with their money.



I wonder what this roulette player's name was. :)

The above example is just a good example of playing with your "heart" and not your head.
PopCan
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February 26th, 2012 at 11:23:52 PM permalink
Quote: YoDiceRoll11

Sometimes depending on the count and dealer card, I've stayed on hard 15's and 16's all the time. Works well. Supposed "expert" players who are sitting next to me scoff at me depending on what casino I'm at. They can shove it as I color up.



Wasn't paying attention and wrote "hard" when I meant "staying on soft totals below 17". Edited.
AcesAndEights
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February 26th, 2012 at 11:54:12 PM permalink
Well I've got one that trumps anything so far, although doubling on a hard 15 is pretty awesomely hilarious.

I was playing a $10 face-down DD game and some guy and his wife? girlfriend? mistress? not sure came in and sat down, and she had never played blackjack before in her life, obviously. She was having a hell of a time with the face-down signals (scratch the felt, tuck the cards, etc.) and the dealer kept having to tell her what to do, and she wouldn't do it, and the dealer would have to tell her again, and eventually actually demonstrate with this idiot woman's cards what to do.

Anyway the best came when the woman takes a hit, gets a face card (I think) and then tucks her cards (amazing she figured out these actions). When the dealer comes around and reveals all the hole cards after resolving her hard, she reveals this woman had an ace...and a face card in her hand. Yep, she took a hit on a blackjack.

She won the hand with a total of 21 but was only paid even money, of course.

The most annoying thing is that this woman kept asking the dealer if she was new, because she "kept making so many mistakes." The dealer had to keep calling the pit boss over to make sure it was okay to give this woman another card or figure out what to do when she accidentally gave her a card BECAUSE THE WOMAN KEPT EFFING UP THE SIGNALS. And she had the audacity to think it was the dealer's fault and ask if she was new. Ugh.
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FourFiveFace
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March 10th, 2012 at 6:15:57 AM permalink
A few new ones:

Staying on 7-7 against a 6
Hitting 12 against a 6 (and then hitting again after getting a small card)
Doubling down on 5
s2dbaker
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March 10th, 2012 at 6:24:37 AM permalink
This doesn't count as a bad play but it does count as horrible luck. I was playing Texas Hold'em Bonus at the Four Queens. They have a progressive bonus that pays off if you hit certain poker hands and you get the jackpot if you flop a royal. The jackpot was $82,000 and the lady next to me flopped a royal but she wasn't playing the bonus.

That would ruin my weekend if it happened to me.
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March 10th, 2012 at 7:12:58 AM permalink
When I did my Hooters review some guy at my table hit a soft 20. I think he thought it was a 10. What bothered me is the dealer just gave him the card without a friendly warning, as a good dealer would do.

A mistake I've seen lots of times is standing on soft totals under 17. For example soft 16 against a 5. I think it is faulty advice behind this of other gambling writers who say "the object of blackjack is to get as close 21 to as possible without going over." No, the object is to beat the dealer, without going over. A 16 is no better than a 0. With a soft 16, there is no risk to taking another card. The worst that will happen is you'll still be under 17, but there is a 38.5% chance of improving.
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