dlevinelaw
dlevinelaw
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April 26th, 2011 at 11:44:44 AM permalink
I was recently on a cruise, playing Spanish 21 at a $6 minimum. First of all, has anyone seen a $6 minimum before?

Secondly, after bet-toking $1 every few hands, the dealer grew quite fond of me. Apparently I was the only player that had tipped him the entire cruise.

Here is what he did, unsolicited, quietly and under his breath:

1. On a dealer ace, briefly ten-check, and then offer insurance. Sometimes, he told me I should take insurance. Each time he did this, he had blackjack.

2. On a dealer ten, briefly ace-check, and then offer surrender. Sometimes, he told me I should surrender. Each time he did this, he had blackjack.

3. On a dealer ten, if he had a ten underneath (apparently via the mirror device, they can only see if it is a ten/face card or an ace), he would tell me I should keep hitting if I had anything lower than 20.

Given this dealer behavior (which I know is wrong), and given stingy spanish 21 rules (no re-doubling, H17), and assuming proper strategy, was I playing with an edge?
teddys
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April 26th, 2011 at 12:09:17 PM permalink
Oh yeah, definitely. Even just the insurance offer would do it. But he was cheating. That's a recipe for trouble.
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buzzpaff
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April 26th, 2011 at 12:14:29 PM permalink
Luckily walking the plank and keel hauling are no longer deemed reasonable
dlevinelaw
dlevinelaw
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April 26th, 2011 at 12:15:54 PM permalink
Haha,

I did not stay long once this started.
DJTeddyBear
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April 26th, 2011 at 12:16:18 PM permalink
Quote: teddys

That's a recipe for trouble.

That's more like a recipe for one of you to be swimming with the fishes.


Then again, many cruise casinos are very lax about security and protecting the game....
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newbie49
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April 28th, 2011 at 11:22:59 AM permalink
we should report more of these stories. maybe it will cause to casino to ban tipping; wouldn't that be supreme
dlevinelaw
dlevinelaw
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April 28th, 2011 at 12:20:05 PM permalink
Maybe working conditions on the boat are that poor. The floor person would leave the pit, and head to the other pit (there were just 2), whenever I began toking heavily...

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