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RogerKint
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March 10th, 2012 at 3:19:46 PM permalink
Quote: AcesAndEights

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.



Hah, great photo. I'm too intimidated to play a face-down blackjack game. I'm worried I'll mistakenly grab the cards with two hands and the dealer will banish me to hades for eternity. Thanks to the Wizards videos I took a chance at 3CP. I checked my hand like I normally would at a live poker game and the dealer went berzerk. He said I bent the cards too much. They had to bring in a whole new deck. Really bad play.
WongBo
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March 10th, 2012 at 3:28:35 PM permalink
Quote: WongBo

I was covering my action at a table full of college guys last weekend
and saw all of the following moves in the course of the night.

Hitting hard 17 vs. 8
Standing on 14 vs. 9
Doubling on 5-3 vs. J
Splitting 4-4 vs. 7
Splitting 9-9 vs. A



That was a typo...it was 9-9 vs. Q
In a bet, there is a fool and a thief. - Proverb.
charliepatrick
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March 10th, 2012 at 3:34:58 PM permalink
There's a new variant called Freebet Blackjack (there's a thread elsewhere) but essentially the house puts up the bet if you double or split but standoff on 22. It means you split (A2346789) and double everything (9-11). Thus it's great fun to be able to make stupid plays that are in fact correct. I played it last weekend but never got a hard 17 (which you should sometimes hit!). It's great fun as a game and also helps the drunkards as they no longer make doubles they have to pay for, so actually only double 9-11!
Tiltpoul
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March 10th, 2012 at 4:35:48 PM permalink
I've seen more bad plays on Blackjack than I care to remember... however, a dealer was telling me a story on Spanish that was really stupid.

A guy gets the 7-7 Suited against a dealer 7. If he draws a third suited 7, he wins $1000, and everybody at the table wins $50. The guy REFUSED to hit the 7-7 with only a $15 bet up. He didn't draw the 7, but the dealer and other players begged him not to make the split.
"One out of every four people are [morons]"- Kyle, South Park
charliepatrick
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March 11th, 2012 at 3:32:48 AM permalink
Quote: WongBo

...saw...
(i) Hitting hard 17 vs. 8 ...
(v) Splitting 9-9 vs. A


Actually while these look bad plays, on rare occasions it can be correct to hit a hard 17 vs 8 and I'm told in the US if the count is high it's worth splitting 9s vs A. I see standing on 14 all the time in the UK - I think it must be based on pontoon or a basic desire to stay in the game.
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March 11th, 2012 at 4:37:32 AM permalink
Quote: charliepatrick

Actually while these look bad plays, on rare occasions it can be correct to hit a hard 17 vs 8 and I'm told in the US if the count is high it's worth splitting 9s vs A. I see standing on 14 all the time in the UK - I think it must be based on pontoon or a basic desire to stay in the game.



I'd like to think that I'd be long gone before I had to consider hitting a hard 17 against an 8.
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boymimbo
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March 11th, 2012 at 8:25:04 AM permalink
Worst play I've seen is at the Bellagio, drunk girl at 3rd base doubles a soft 20 against a 9, and pulls the Ace.
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WongBo
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March 11th, 2012 at 8:48:24 AM permalink
Did she then double down on the eleven?!
In a bet, there is a fool and a thief. - Proverb.
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March 12th, 2012 at 10:27:46 AM permalink
I played blackjack this morning with a personable young man who came as close to mimicking the dealer as I have ever seen and I've seen plenty. He would ask the table for advice but never take it. He didn't directly ask me so I adhered to my long standing policy of keeping quiet. I won't bore everyone with specific hands just use your imaginations.

Once it was just the two of us at the table, he asked me to let him know when he should play three hands. I told him that whenever I stopped playing would be a good time.

I enjoyed playing with him and he helped me in a couple of ways by eating cards in negative counts and driving everyone else away from the table. I wish I could clone this guy!
Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth. - Mahatma Ghandi
SOOPOO
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March 12th, 2012 at 10:32:23 AM permalink
I once saw a guy playing roulette in a casino.

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