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July 6th, 2010 at 9:23:34 AM permalink
On June 29 I dropped by Hooters to update my blackjack survey. The previous time I was there was to do my Hooters review. At the time of the review I was very unhappy at the many 6-5 blackjack games. If you wanted a pretty Hooters dealer, then you had to play a 6-5 game.

Last week I was pleasantly surprised to see all the table games except one, and not counting craps, staffed by pretty Hooters girls in the ubiquitous tight Hooters shirts. Even more surprising, they had a single-deck 3-2 paying game staffed by a lovely Hooters girl. Doubling was restricted to 10 and 11, with no double after a split, and a $10 minimum. The house edge is not the lowest in town at 0.58%, but that is okay. Almost every "pleasure pit" in town is much worse with strictly 6-5 games.

So to Hooters I say bravo! That was a much-needed improvement.
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gambler
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July 6th, 2010 at 9:27:26 AM permalink
Good to see that Hooters is trying to make some changes. Now we need other Las Vegas properties to do the same.
OneAngryDwarf
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July 6th, 2010 at 2:36:23 PM permalink
Thanks for the update, Wizard (by the way, I've never really been sure how you prefer to be addressed...Is Wizard OK? The Wiz? Mike? Mr. Shackleford?). As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm staying at Hooters in September and was planning on gambling elsewhere, but might have to at least try them out based on this. Is it safe to say that their single-deck game is the only true single deck Blackjack game (i.e. non-6:5) on the Strip?


One more question: did you happen to notice the odds they offer in craps? Your review mentions 10x odds, but the craps survey lists them as only having 3-4-5x. It would be a shame if they've lowered the limit.
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July 6th, 2010 at 3:19:58 PM permalink
Most people who know me through my sites refer to me as the Wizard, which is perfectly fine.

I have not thought of that before, but yes, Hooters would indeed have the only true 3-2 paying single-deck game on the Strip -- with a Hooters dealer no less. If I were them I would milk that fact for as much publicity as possible. I forgot to check the craps last week, but I would assume my review is correct at 10x.
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July 7th, 2010 at 6:58:40 AM permalink
Wizard, I wanted to ask you something about your reviews that's been bothering me. When you report that you played blackjack for four hours at $100-$150 a hand, do you just chalk those losses up to the cost of the review, or are you counting for the advantage? Just wondering why you play at what seems like quite a high level on games that are negative expectation. Feel free to not answer if you want to keep it to yourself.
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July 7th, 2010 at 7:08:45 AM permalink
Quote: teddys

Wizard, I wanted to ask you something about your reviews that's been bothering me. When you report that you played blackjack for four hours at $100-$150 a hand, do you just chalk those losses up to the cost of the review, or are you counting for the advantage? Just wondering why you play at what seems like quite a high level on games that are negative expectation. Feel free to not answer if you want to keep it to yourself.




How about the idea that the Wizard just likes to gamble, like most everone here. And if his bankroll allows to him to play at a higher limit, so what? Based upon his review he said he bet approx $10k while there, I'm assuming at the game with a 0.4% HA. So that's an expected loss of $40 just playing basic strategy.
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July 7th, 2010 at 8:00:44 AM permalink
Quote: teddys

Wizard, I wanted to ask you something about your reviews that's been bothering me. When you report that you played blackjack for four hours at $100-$150 a hand, do you just chalk those losses up to the cost of the review, or are you counting for the advantage? Just wondering why you play at what seems like quite a high level on games that are negative expectation. Feel free to not answer if you want to keep it to yourself.



I play at a level where I think I deserve to have all my charges taken care of, to see if the property is generous in doing so. That is an important part of my reviews. Maybe I overplay what I need to for that goal sometimes. If I lose, then I chalk it up as a cost of doing business.
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July 7th, 2010 at 11:46:11 PM permalink
Quote: OneAngryDwarf

Thanks for the update, Wizard (by the way, I've never really been sure how you prefer to be addressed...Is Wizard OK? The Wiz? Mike? Mr. Shackleford?).



He's often confused for this guy and this here.
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July 8th, 2010 at 8:35:04 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I have not thought of that before, but yes, Hooters would indeed have the only true 3-2 paying single-deck game on the Strip -- with a Hooters dealer no less. If I were them I would milk that fact for as much publicity as possible.



Exactly!!! No doubt this would bring in gamblers
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July 9th, 2010 at 8:24:18 AM permalink
And for what its worth, last year we saw the Todd Paul show
there ( we got free tickets for joining the player's club )
and I thought he was very funny. Not sure how best to describe
him, but he's kind of an edgy, hippie-ish, adult oriented Mac
King.

Mac King, is by the way, our favorite entertainer. Our daughter
got to be on stage with him at one show.
Like the castle in its corner In a medieval game; I foresee terrible trouble And I stay here just the same

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