Ayecarumba
Ayecarumba
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March 28th, 2013 at 1:43:30 PM permalink
Quote: RogerKint

...Craps for social reasons? There's gotta be a book club somewhere that comps light beer, gentlemen. It would be much less expensive.



Hehe... One day Oprah's gonna announce the book of the month is "Gambling 102"
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leonardo da Vinci
sodawater
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March 28th, 2013 at 2:16:23 PM permalink
Most of my gambling time is devoted to poker, because it's definitely the game at which I have the biggest advantage.

For breaks, I like to play pai gow tiles, because it's a nice, slow, sociable game, that's enjoyable, with a low house edge, and (usually!) no extreme swings. I also enjoy the depth of strategy for that game, which is rivaled by only poker itself. I use all my match plays at PG tiles as well, although blackjack would be the better choice for those coupons.

When I have friends in town who want to gamble it up, craps is always a good group option.

I cannot stand blackjack anymore. It's a boring, repetitive game, and I do not find it socially enjoyable. In my experience, blackjack attracts a lot of loners and misanthropes to the table, who tend to ruin the experience for everyone. Also, in blackjack, there are lots of situations where you're a big favorite, and lose. Compare that to right-way betting at craps, where every time you hit a number, you overcame the odds.

As for counting cards, I think you'd have to be exceptionally well bankrolled to beat the New Jersey game. I would much rather use that money for poker, where I have a much bigger edge than any counter.
sodawater
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March 28th, 2013 at 2:22:16 PM permalink
Quote: ComplexEnigma

I like the tension of whether to hit on that 16 against the dealer 7



If you're gonna have tension, it's 16 against dealer T. That's a really close call. 16 vs 7 is not really close. Should be an automatic hit unless the count is through the roof.
Ibeatyouraces
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March 28th, 2013 at 2:25:38 PM permalink
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DUHHIIIIIIIII HEARD THAT!
ComplexEnigma
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March 28th, 2013 at 2:40:16 PM permalink
Quote: sodawater

If you're gonna have tension, it's 16 against dealer T. That's a really close call. 16 vs 7 is not really close. Should be an automatic hit unless the count is through the roof.



I always figure I'm screwed when I have a 16 against a T. A better example might be when a dealer 6 flips over a 5 and now all your doubles and splits look very precarious.

I've never really had any issues with any sort of mood killing blackjack players. It's always a little awkward when someone is getting bent over by the casino or you have a suspicion they are in too deep. But by and large the people I've played with have been very friendly and root each other on. I think most of the time some curmudgeon joined the table, they risk having the table (and dealer) turn against them so they either stay quiet or leave. I also normally play at lower limit tables where people seem to be a little looser. But I haven't played enough at higher limits to know.
sodawater
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March 28th, 2013 at 2:56:46 PM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

You would still hit.



are you saying there is no hi-lo index to stand 16 vs 7?

edit -- just found it, 16 v. 7 is a stand with a TC of +9 or higher.

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