ChumpChange
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May 20th, 2019 at 11:36:48 PM permalink
TS has some Match The Dealer plays. https://wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/side-bets/match-the-dealer/
28/14 in Blackjack: 3/14 Eight-Deck Blackjack Analysis (3.67% HA)
24/12 in Spanish 21: 3/12 Eight-Deck Spanish 21 Analysis (3% HA)
Not sure how much of my original bet I should plunk down on these. 100%? 50%? 16.67%?
FCBLComish
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May 21st, 2019 at 12:20:59 AM permalink
Quote: billryan

Work the BJ pits? The ones they never changed the cards on?



Yup. That's the one.

I am still wringing the sweat out of some of my clothes... That was 18 years ago.
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billryan
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May 21st, 2019 at 7:36:42 AM permalink
Place was too cheap to spring for readers to check for blackjack so the cards ended hopelessly warped. It's hard not hitting a 17 when you know the dealer has a 20, but one had to pretend we didn't know the warped cards were tens.
Only other place I saw this was a now defunct casino in Searchlight.
AcesAndEights
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May 21st, 2019 at 8:27:52 AM permalink
Quote: Joeman

^^^Exactly!

I itemized for 2017, but took the standard deduction for 2018. Had to eat the tax burden for my sole W2-G even though my 2018 gambling showed a net loss. At least I don't have a reason to keep records of my gambling, any more! :/


Sadly, I still itemize. I say sadly because it is indicative of my large mortgage balance and high local taxes. Mortgage interest paid last year was around $18k, add in the $10k cap for SALT and I'm over the $24k standard deduction. Will continue to be for many years under current rules, unless we move and get a smaller mortgage.
"So drink gamble eat f***, because one day you will be dust." -ontariodealer
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May 21st, 2019 at 2:58:27 PM permalink
Quote: ChumpChange

TS has some Match The Dealer plays. https://wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/side-bets/match-the-dealer/
28/14 in Blackjack: 3/14 Eight-Deck Blackjack Analysis (3.67% HA)
24/12 in Spanish 21: 3/12 Eight-Deck Spanish 21 Analysis (3% HA)
Not sure how much of my original bet I should plunk down on these. 100%? 50%? 16.67%?



ChumpChange,

0% is optimal... Why would you want to buck a 3+% house edge?

Hope this helps!

Dog Hand
ChumpChange
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May 21st, 2019 at 9:51:12 PM permalink
The dealer gets upset when I don't bet on winning hands.
AxelWolf
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May 22nd, 2019 at 1:59:43 AM permalink
Quote: ChumpChange

The dealer gets upset when I don't bet on winning hands.

Because they just missed out on a potential tip. And they are very prone to voodoo crap and they only notice certain events that they think has meaning.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
Mission146
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May 27th, 2019 at 5:26:48 AM permalink
Here's my article on this for LCB for anyone interested:

https://lcb.org/news/editorials/w-2g-threshold-increase
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bobbartop
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May 27th, 2019 at 8:03:29 PM permalink
Quote: Mission146

Here's my article on this for LCB for anyone interested:

https://lcb.org/news/editorials/w-2g-threshold-increase



Seems like free play should automatically be part of the win/loss, as it all comes out in the wash. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that it would not. Also assuming that players card is always used.
Don't believe anything until it is officially denied.
darkoz
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May 27th, 2019 at 9:32:13 PM permalink
Free play is generally NOT included in win/loss statements.

From my own personal experience of a few dozen casinos on the East Coast I have witnessed only ONE casino that did (which leads me to believe they were incorrect in their approach)

Anecdotally I had one casino suggest they would claim my taking freeplay resulted in my winning an unfair amount of money (on multiple cards)

I quickly printed out all the online win/loss statements which to almost everyone stated a total loss for the year. I was quite prepared to ascertain in court how either their own documentation was incorrect and how their own evidence supported any type of wins.

Of course I did win quite a large amount. But not according to their own tracking system (and you had to keep the card in while using freeplay so there was no method for falsifying wins from freeplay)

The threat of the court case never came to fruition. I am certain their attorneys realized they were not going to win.

At any rate, my suspicion as to why freeplay is not included is because IRS rules state cash won from freeplay is NOT income as long as its a rebate on prior purchases (ex. Gambling that earns offers predicated on prior play) just like frequent flier miles are not income.

For example, if you wanted to show ALL the expenses from a particular airline (30 flights lets say totalling $30,000) you would not then subtract the value of 2 flights from frequent flier miles and list your expenses as only $28,000.

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