Pando
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January 23rd, 2011 at 11:07:10 PM permalink
I will have to do this in 2 parts as it covers almost a week, and a lot happens in a week.

Note: HK$100 = US$13. My prices are in $HK, the most accepted currency in Macau

Day 1;
My girl and I flew from Phuket, Thailand to Hong Kong on AirAsia, an uneventful trip which arrived 10 minutes early in Hong Kong. The first shock was the 10c temperature, I say shock as it was 31c when we left Phuket. Transit passengers in Hong Kong do not go through Immigation, so we quickly bought our fast cat ferry tickets and 30 minutes later were on our way to Macau. The ferry costs HK$215 per person one way. The ferry trip was also uneventful and soon we were through Immigration and on our way to our hotel. It was just as cold in Macau but a 10 minute walk to the hotel was OK. We stayed at Casa Real, in a nice room, with excellent facilities at HK$660/night (no breakfast). I recommend the place to anyone.

After dropping the bags we headed for Sands casino, a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Its the last time we walked it, it was just too cold for us.

We headed immediately for the airball roulette which I played for 2 hours using the "hot numbers" I collected on my last visit. This did not work and I lost my HK$4000 bankroll in short time. Then I reverted to playing the way I normally do and I recovered HK$3400 of that, so not too bad a result. Lesson learned.

We were a bit tired so it was back to the hotel to sleep and recover for the next day.

Day 2;
My plan "B" was to record a minimum of 222 consecutive spins (37x6) and see if there were any "hot numbers" and try to use those to have a successful session. Immediately #13 was red hot, with more than 10 appearances in the 222 spins (6 appearances would be expected). Some other numbers were also hot but not quite as much. I then started playing 13 plus the next 5 hottest numbers. This worked for a while, but soon the hot numbers faded away, and others became hot. Its was frustrating.

I made a mini spreadsheet to record the winning numbers with the numbers in the order they occur on the wheel down the left side, and squares beside each number across the page. Then as the numbers came out, I simply put an "x" in the sguare beside the number and over time it built a nice vision of where the numbers were falling on the wheel. Unfortunately, this information only worked in short bursts, and then previously cold numbers became hot, and vice versa. There was a block of numbers on the wheel that was quite devoid of hits, but then suddenly that section became active. Again frustrating, but expected.

The most interesting sequence was 2, 28, 4, 28, 28 2, 28, 4, 28. Luckily 28 is a number I play quite often so I did OK.

At then end of the night, after again reverting to my normal playing style, I showed a profit of HK$1400 and had abandoned the approach of diligently recording the numbers and hoping to use them to advantage.

The most useful strategy was that there were a lot of repeats or near repeats, so I often played 12 numbers on the sector just before "0" as they seemed to recur quite frequently.

By my observation Sands was not as busy as it was in November when I was there last, but I think the winter deters travellers. Its also approaching Chinese New Year so maybe people are saving money for that time.

We ate at the Sands restaurants every day, and the buffet dinner at the "888 Gourmet Place" was as good as ever. I paid HK$626 for two persons after 10% discount with my Sands Club membership.

So with 2 days behind us, I had not made any great profit.

Day 3;
I wake up with a serious flu. I feel bad and we sleep longer than usual. I decide to get the obligatory shopping out of the way, and while I am stocking up on flu remedies, and headache pills, my girl is off shopping for clothes. An hour later, we are done. We go to Senado Square which is about the only shopping concentration in Macau. Its in the old part of the city where the Portuguese buildings have been preserved, so its quite a nice place. Around noon we are back at the hotel and head to Sands again.

The afternoon goes quite well, and its busier today so I have to wait for a space at the air ball roulette. I make the mistake of playing "Casino War" for 15 minutes and drop HK$1500. Its a stupid game and I am embarassed that I played it. I note that the dealers did not burn 3 cards before dealing the cards in the event of a tie.

Once I get the the roulette, I am in the grove. The first two days I struggled, but today is good. I play dozens and hot numbers and they seem to drop for me today. Between about 2pm and 10pm I win HK$4400 which is about as good as I ever do. I always up my bets when I win and they runs are good today.

We go back to the hotel happy and optimistic for the rest of the trip.
EvenBob
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January 23rd, 2011 at 11:22:28 PM permalink
Quote: Pando


My girl and I flew from Phuket, .



Can we say 'phuket' without being banned?
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Pando
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January 24th, 2011 at 1:35:54 AM permalink
say it as Pooket
HKrandom
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January 24th, 2011 at 4:35:42 AM permalink
Do you know how many points you got for your action at the Sands? I am trying to get the ruby card while losing as little money as possible but there is absolutely no information about their reward club online; I don't even know if the points ever expire and if I need to get 888 points within a certain time frame to be upgraded.

FYI the Chinese new year is usually the busiest period for Macau casinos and it's usually very to find a hotel room during this period if you don't book it in advance, let alone find a cheap one.
Pando
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January 24th, 2011 at 5:50:41 AM permalink
Yes, I got 217 points in 5 days

But I am not sure exactly how they are earned either. I assume it is on money spent rather than lost or won.

Points do expire as I cashed mine in 2 years ago as they were due to expire Dec 2009.

I may have the rewards brochure somewhere, if so I will post any further details.

Agree the Chinese New Year prices are prohibitive
Pando
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January 24th, 2011 at 6:01:04 AM permalink
http://www.macaubusiness.com/news/cards-off-the-table/6405/

This article says the points system is based on money wagered
DJTeddyBear
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January 24th, 2011 at 6:21:39 AM permalink
Nice report. Congrats on the wins.


Quote: Pando

The most interesting sequence was 2, 28, 4, 28, 28 2, 28, 4, 28. Luckily 28 is a number I play quite often so I did OK.

Wow. That would have paid off nicely in my Poker For Roulette side bet. You didn't by chance take a picture of that history display, did you?
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Pando
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January 24th, 2011 at 6:34:21 AM permalink
The only history display on the air ball roulette is on the touch screen that the player uses to place the bets.
The larger displays you speak of are only on the manual roulette tables and card games. Sorry.
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January 24th, 2011 at 8:09:37 AM permalink
Quote: Pando

The most interesting sequence was 2, 28, 4, 28, 28 2, 28, 4, 28. Luckily 28 is a number I play quite often so I did OK.



On a slightly related note the last time I went to the Venetian I saw a baccarat table that got 12 Banker wins in a row. In addition to all the seated players there were an additional 10-15 players standing there and placing wagers too. When the Player finally won a hand the table collectively lost over 150k and most of the players left.
HKrandom
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January 29th, 2011 at 12:24:57 AM permalink
What kind of rewards can you get for 217 points? I never bothered checking since I wanted to get 888 points but since points expire I doubt I will be able to reach this goal.

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