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December 24th, 2014 at 5:31:18 PM permalink
In case you were wondering why I didn't post much in early December it was because I was in Sydney and the south island of New Zealand. Here is my report about the casino and other parts of the city in Sydney, Australia.

Please check the link. As always, I welcome questions, comments, and especially corrections.

My apologies to those who already saw the same pictures through my WoV blog entry.
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December 24th, 2014 at 6:46:27 PM permalink
You seem to think we know what "a Golden Gaytime" is, but at least I don't, or I hope I don't anyway; you might explain

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No dealer hole card. If the dealer gets a blackjack, the player loses his original bet only, plus anything else lost due to splitting and busting. This is known as the OBBO rule, which stands for "Original and Busted Bets Only."



I sure would like a better explanation. The phrase "loses his original bet only" seems to conflict with "plus anything else". Perhaps some examples of exactly what the player loses in situation 'a', situation 'b', etc ? This may also be true at your other pages explaining this.
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December 24th, 2014 at 6:58:42 PM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

You seem to think we know what "a Golden Gaytime" is, but at least I don't, or I hope I don't anyway; you might explain.



Golden Gaytime is a brand of ice cream down under.



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I sure would like a better explanation. The phrase "loses his original bet only" seems to conflict with "plus anything else". Perhaps some examples of exactly what the player loses in situation 'a', situation 'b', etc ? This may also be true at your other pages explaining this.



I should have omitted the word "only," although that is always how the staff explained it to me in the casino. You lose anything you busted plus your original wager, assuming you still have an active bet, when the dealer gets a blackjack.
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December 24th, 2014 at 7:05:08 PM permalink
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when the dealer gets a blackjack.



in other words, you make and lose bets you would not make in 'dealer peeks'. Until I puzzled this out, dealer peeking had a bad feel, but I guess it is a good thing?
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December 24th, 2014 at 7:09:42 PM permalink
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in other words, you make and lose bets you would not make in 'dealer peeks'. Until I puzzled this out, dealer peeking had a bad feel, but I guess it is a good thing?



Dealing peeking is a great thing. The Australian rule lies somewhere between the good US "peek" rule and the bad European "lose everything" rule. Mathematically, the Australian rule is a bitch, but not that much worse than the American rule, since you have to split, and then bust, to be worse off.
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December 24th, 2014 at 7:31:44 PM permalink
Great report!

You mentioned that smart bettors wouldn't notice the difference on Craps, and the Field is only a, "Smart bet," at the Santa Ana Star but did you happen to notice if either Snake Eyes or Midnight paid triple, or was it double on both? Just curious.
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December 24th, 2014 at 7:58:29 PM permalink
Quote: Mission146

You mentioned that smart bettors wouldn't notice the difference on Craps, and the Field is only a, "Smart bet," at the Santa Ana Star but did you happen to notice if either Snake Eyes or Midnight paid triple, or was it double on both? Just curious.



To be honest, I think it was 2-1 both ways on the Field. So due credit to some US casinos for the liberal field bet.
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December 24th, 2014 at 11:13:34 PM permalink
Thanks for the report Wizard. You mentioned that the casino is like the Aria, but is the hotel of the same caliber? (If there is a hotel).

Also, I didn't note the minimum bets. Are they equivalent to high end Strip properties like the Aria?
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December 25th, 2014 at 1:19:48 PM permalink
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Thanks for the report Wizard. You mentioned that the casino is like the Aria, but is the hotel of the same caliber? (If there is a hotel).



It is like it in terms of floor plan and low level of lighting.

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Also, I didn't note the minimum bets. Are they equivalent to high end Strip properties like the Aria?



They are rather high. There is a flea pit but it is open only limited hours and perhaps crowded. I didn't even notice it my first visit and it was closed when I returned in the morning. Otherwise, expect a $25 AUS minimum in blackjack, which would equate to about $20 US. It kind of bothered me that the minimum in pai gow (tiles) was $100 and nobody was playing.
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December 25th, 2014 at 2:19:29 PM permalink
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Otherwise, expect a $25 AUS minimum in blackjack, which would equate to about $80 US.



Shouldn't that be $25 AUS is about $20 US?
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