aceofspades
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May 2nd, 2012 at 5:48:02 PM permalink
Well I am back from my trip - 4/26 to 4/30 Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Trip bankroll: $10k
Preferred count: SPEED COUNT

Caesars started my trip out right by picking me up with a limo at the airport...upon arriving I checked in to the new Octavius tower (although a bit of a hike to get too, well worth it) - the room was great - 46" HD TV - jacuzzi tub - comfortable bed - and great view of the strip

Thursday: I normally play $100minimum blackjack 6D, S17, DOA, DAS - however, the $100min tables on the main floor were all H17 and the tables in the Palace Court high limit area were all $500minimum on my first night...so, off I went in search of a better game...

Across the river and through the woods--oh wait, wrong story--ended up at Paris - bought in for $3k and played with two of the friendliest dealers ever - played two shoes and walked out +$1,100

Ended up watching my cousin play for a while at the $15min tables where the dealers seemed to be drawing hands at will (i.e. cousin had a 20 v. dealer 5 (dealer turns over hole card 6, then an Ace for a 12 then - drum roll please - a 9 ughhhhhhhhh what a tease))

Friday evening: Fast forward to the next day - my dad arrived so I spent time with him while he played the slots and actually hit some good payouts - after a wonderful dinner at Delmonico's Steakhouse (my favorite) - I adjourned to the Palace Court which, for some reason on a Friday night, had $100min tables WOOHOO - I bought in for $4k and introduced myself to the others at the table (an LV local woman and a doctor from Pittsburgh) - the woman played basic strategy and the good doctor played every which way (including loose)--the shoes were up and down and never really got a good count to press up so, after two shoes, I was down $200 - the next shoe brought in...as I like to call her "my nemesis" for the trip (it always seems there is someone at a table I am at that thinks their opinion is more important than anyone else's (hmmmm maybe people think that about me? nahhhhh)) - in the middle of the third shoe she sat down and began to play (YES, MIDSHOE ENTRY ALLOWED!!!) - the shoe remained up and down until I hit a good count and began pressing my bets - I won three hands in a row and the count stayed positive - however, another guy at the table and my nemesis had lost three in a row and demanded a shuffle - over my protest, the shuffle occurred - my nemesis then proceeded to lose 8 hands in a row and immediately left - however, the shoe and the count were kind to me and I left for the evening +1k

Saturday afternoon: I have never seen a casino so packed as it was on this Saturday WOW - the $100min was still in effect so I sat down to play with a buy in of my winnings thus far, $2,100 - as I turned to stretch I noticed the man at the table next to me, which was reserved, was betting only two chips - however, these chips were of the $25k variety - therefore, he was betting $50k per hand and had various piles of chips totaling about $545k - not a bad bankroll (more on this guy later)
I ended up playing three shoes, got a good run in a positive count and walked away another +$1,200

Saturday evening: Palace Court raised its minimum to $200 and, not wanting to trek down the strip again, and as I was ahead, I decided to buy in for $4k - well, this shoe was not as kind to me as my other shoes had been - down I went into the rabbit hole - at one point, I lost 12 hands in a row (however, this really got the SPEED COUNT in my favor) - so, with the count very much in my favor I put up 2 hands at $500 each - and then this happened:
Hand 1: 3,3
Hand 2: 2,3
Dealer: 5,X

Hand 1: split 3's - get another 3 - now have there 3's (hit 1st one get a K, hit 2nd one get a K, hit 3rd one get a Q)
Hand 2: 2,3 hit for a 5, hit again for a 10 (total 20)
Dealer: 5, overturns a 9 for 14 - dealer hits an Ace (15), dealer hits an Ace (16) - really really - is this going to happen with $2k on the table???) dealer hits for an 8 BUST!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! I'm back baby!!!

the count stayed with me for a few more hands and I won another +2,200

I was now +$5,500 for the trip with one day to play

Soooooo, did I play on the last day - NOPE!!! I ended up relaxing and socializing and watching others
One hand that I saw was remarkable as I had never seen it happen before - the dealer had a 2 showing, overturns another 2, then deals another 2, then another 2, then another 2, then another 2 (yes, 6 deuces in a row) and, the piece de resistance - hits a 9 for 21 ughhhhhhh

Oh yes, back to the $50 grand a hand guy - the last I saw him he was at a $10 three card poker table - a dealer I had become friendly with informed me he was down a $1.5million marker since the day before but, she informed me he was there one month ago and had won $1million

In the grand scheme of things, my $5,500 is small change BUT, it's a win with SPEED COUNT and makes my third straight trip to a casino (AC and LV) a positive trip

I would love to hear your feedback on my trip!!!
EvenBob
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May 2nd, 2012 at 5:57:21 PM permalink
Quote: aceofspades



In the grand scheme of things, my $5,500 is small change



Please don't think that way. Anytime you can beat the
casino at its own game, its a good win. If they want to
continue to offer a game thats so easily beat, they get
what they deserve. Great job.. And pat yourself on the
back for not playing the last day. That takes real discipline,
last day play has been the downfall of many a successful trip.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
MidwestAP
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May 2nd, 2012 at 6:10:31 PM permalink
Nice report, I always like hearing about how other counter's trips turn out. I generally don't play a whole lot of BJ at Caesars/Harrah's properties because I like playing both 6D and DD and their DD rules are so crappy with no DAS.

Did you encounter any heat when you increased your bets late in the shoe on good counts?
aceofspades
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May 2nd, 2012 at 6:25:25 PM permalink
Quote: MidwestAP

Did you encounter any heat when you increased your bets late in the shoe on good counts?




No heat - I suppose I have a strategy (or maybe an "anti-strategy" - when I first buy in I say something like "I hope you deal them slow so I can keep the count" - this generally brings laughter from the dealer, other players and the pit boss

For example, I was debating whether to play and "my nemesis" was at the table and she won 3 hands in a row - now, I had been counting since the beginning of the shoe and the count was way high so I put my money on the table and said "the count is great, I'm coming in" - so, "my nemesis" basically berated me saying I was going to "take her cards" and asked me to sit out - now, I am one of those people who says "things happen for a reason" so, I stayed out........wouldn't you know it - she lost the next 6 hands and the dealer benefited from the high count - not her (I know it could have worked out the other way but...) karma's a bitch (especially for those concerned with the "flow of the cards" lol

Does my announcing I am going to count cards disarm the PB's - who knows - but it always makes them laugh and I never get heat :)
EvenBob
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May 2nd, 2012 at 6:44:12 PM permalink
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Does my announcing I am going to count cards disarm the PB's - who knows



Good question. When my wife had the antique mall, the cops
told her to watch like a hawk anybody who asked about or
made jokes about shoplifting. They were usually the shoplifters.

I would say you're just dealing with typical casino people, they
don't really care whats going on, they're thinking about their next break.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
aceofspades
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May 2nd, 2012 at 6:49:41 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Good question. When my wife had the antique mall, the cops
told her to watch like a hawk anybody who asked about or
made jokes about shoplifting. They were usually the shoplifters.

I would say you're just dealing with typical casino people, they
don't really care whats going on, they're thinking about their next break.




And here I was thinking I discovered a way to cool their jets!
WongBo
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May 2nd, 2012 at 7:00:00 PM permalink
nice report, glad to hear you took a little revenge on CZR, after the BS they pulled in AC.

i would NEVER use the "c" word around casino staff.
why put it in their heads?
i like to just put on my act of the confused but lovable drunk.
there to try my luck again at "twentyone"...
but, hey, whatever works for you.
i only made $2K this week so you got me beat!
In a bet, there is a fool and a thief. - Proverb.
EvenBob
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May 2nd, 2012 at 7:00:02 PM permalink
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And here I was thinking I discovered a way to cool their jets!



Playing dumb is always the best cover. When I
played, I barely knew the rules, let alone what a
counter was, if anybody asked. The last thing
you want is them looking at you or thinking
about you in any way.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
aceofspades
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May 2nd, 2012 at 7:02:47 PM permalink
I know this goes against what most counters would do but - once I reach a goal for a session (usually +$800 to +$1,500) I end my session - not sure if this behavior will ever garner much heat - anybody else play this way?
aceofspades
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May 2nd, 2012 at 7:03:06 PM permalink
Quote: WongBo

nice report, glad to hear you took a little revenge on CZR, after the BS they pulled in AC.

i would NEVER use the "c" word around casino staff.
why put it in their heads?
i like to just put on my act of the confused but lovable drunk.
there to try my luck again at "twentyone"...
but, hey, whatever works for you.
i only made $2K this week so you got me beat!




Oh yeah - it was my mission!!!

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