Rocky Gap Again part III also played some BJ, 3 card poker, UTH, and a bit of VP.
The latter was pretty awful. It's only available at the casino bar for 25 cents, out on the floor you have to play dollars and at least 3 lines at once. At the bar JOB was 8/5 and BONUS was 6/5 - 97.3% for JOB and about the same or probably worse for BONUS [I only noted that it was 6/5 and that gives a lot of possibilities I see now]. Killed a little time at these machines and lost $27 overall playing JOB. IIRC for $15 a pull at the floor machines you got the honor of playing still pretty bad paytables. As Teddy has noted elsewhere, they decided to gut their VP offerings, they used to be slightly better.
The BJ rules are good there including Surrender, this might be due to Maryland insistence as is done in PA, not sure.
D any 2
resplit limit: you can resplit once
re-hitting split aces - no
For my taste, and since I am a flat-bettor, the variance in BJ is too low to get excited even with good rules, so I refuse to play very long. Additionally, lately, in the face of Wizardly disapproval, I have been attempting to increase the variance at the cost of HE - this by putting some money on side bets if they aren't outrageous. Told that the 21+3 was no longer being offered, I glanced at what was printed on the table and thought I saw 'Lucky Ladies' - I knew I wasn't playing that as any HE I've seen has been humongous. As I neared the end - what I sensed to be enough action at Bj - I realized it actually said 'Lucky Lucky'. I knew nothing about this sidebet but since I was doing OK threw a couple of dollars at it. Later examination showed this is a much more reasonable side bet but with an RG alteration not shown at WoO.*
For the first time realized RG actually publishes many of their rules and even paytables - I found nothing needing an update. Does Maryland promote this kind of transparency? There also was a discrete sign on the wall near the cashier indicating the casino generally returned 91% to players. The link for the table games pdf, which puts Lucky Lucky last, is:
I hit very few naturals at my BJ session but did well with splits and doubles - it's fun to win those. I stopped slightly ahead and gave it away in tips.
I chatted the dealers up at the 3 card poker table to check out the paytables. They were surprised to find they were published, but let me write them down [I was double checking]. I didn't like what I saw for Pairs-plus, a 'meh' paytable, but warming up to them sat down to play for a bit. The game has way too low variance to play without the Pairs-plus IMO. Unfortunately you had to bet the table minimum, so I bet it only occasionally. They had a 6-card side bet too, on which you could bet a dollar, I think I bet it once. So this was my only time I ever played 3 card poker; I would have wound up even except for tip. Check out the pdf for the paytable if interested.
I was eager to play the Ultimate Texas Holdem, to pop my cherry on it - for various reasons like table minimum or availability had just never played it, and was glad a table was open. I donít want to repeat what I was saying in the thread I mentioned in the last post here, but have to say I was puzzled yet again at all the players ignorant of even a proper simple strategy. It occurs to me that smart phones are proliferating like crazy - this is a place that should have had plenty of players with them - yet not a soul even knew the basic recommendation to never bet 3x. Everybody just seems to learn how to play from other players and the dealers. Is this ever going to change?
This is a touchy subject but it has to occur to anyone playing that it is almost inevitable that there will be a percentage of dealers with modest abilities. They must still rake it in with all the ignorant players out there, but especially with straights, thereís just mistakes. I refuse to say anything when there are other players at the table, plus it all gets whisked away as you ponder. This really gets me into a mindset of me vs the dealer; pal, you better be able to call your hand correctly. After all this is even true with a friendly poker game. Naturally, vigilance is required for your own hand too. Such slippage has to lower the HE; I saw enough to wonder if it could disappear some sessions.
In any case, it was a lot of fun. I played more UTH than anything I think, even Craps. Wound up down $55 after tips.
Overall I wound up down $140 - kind of kicking myself for tipping to much maybe. But Iíll be back.
*after going back I'm pretty sure I got the paytable wrong
Looks like you and I noticed many of the same things about the UTH tables at Rocky Gap. I would think that the high variance of UTH's base game and the relatively low HE of the Trips bet would make UTH a good game for you. Plus, well, there's the dealer quality issue.
>UTH a good game for you
yes, I like the variance - which means there is really not much reason to play the side bet. I meant to mention I was up quite a bit at one point and started to press by increasing my bet a unit. That never seems to work out and I flamed out again LOL
Rocky Gap Again Part II had something to take care of not so far away from Cumberland MD a couple of days ago, so I got a chance to drop by Rocky Gap Casino. I think that makes my third time for the smallish but friendly venue. Checking into it beforehand this time, I saw they had Ultimate Texas Holdem now and was pretty sure that is a new offering. At least the one time I had checked on it before, they said they didn't have it when I called. This time I figured they just won't have it available during the week, but I practiced for it anyway [some of that discussed in thread http://wizardofvegas.com/forum/gambling/tables/22188-uth-the-21-outs/]
And I knew the BJ rules were decent. And there is a Craps table that would unfailingly give it's Siren call to snare Yours Truly.
On day one, to my surprise, the UTH table was up and going when I walked in late aft. - no seats open either. The Craps crew was just standing around though; hmmm.
Empty table. This is when I like to go Darkside. It's nice to not worry about any other players thinking you are trying to jinx them, but I got reminded of one downside to an empty table. If you don't like your rolling, there's no one to pass the dice to. And, man, did I start out clobbering myself. I absolutely could not roll a 7 [or Craps during a come-out either] for what must have been something around 30 minutes. The crew just couldnt believe it. We joked I might beat that Pat lady with the record.
ALMOST LOST HER CROWN
Only one problem: a Don't player trying to commit suicide!
It was $5 minimum, 3x4x5x, and I was only doing the Don't and the DC not allowing more than 3 numbers to be in action - yet I estimate I was down about $600 at the point where I was going to call uncle losing any more. I always vow to not switch sides in a session, and didn't this time either. Built up another 3 bets with odds at that point and finally rolled the 7-out darkside winner. Then I began to get it back. I swear that is the strangest yo-yo experience I've ever had in my life. Now I am rolling plenty of 7s and over the next hour or so climbed absolutely all the way back to being ahead a little. BTW in the meantime two other players came in and convinced themselves they should be going darkside and they are winning too. It was that rare occasion when it's just a table of Don't players whooping it up. Then I could see I was giving it back again and colored up; I tipped plenty and wound up $40 down, most of it tips. What a ride!
Part II will be UTH
Rocky Gap is a small and compact place but I had a good time there in April. It helps that I made the small and someone else made ATS (I had 1,1,1), and ended up winning there. Hollywood Charlestown is closer for me though, but the table stays at $10 even when only one is open, and $25 for PGP so I don't want to play 2 hands.
Drive 45 miles ~ 50 mins to Hollywood $10 no bonus bets or
Drive 120 milies ~ 2 hr to Rocky Gap for $5 craps with ATS bet...
Never had a bad time there. Friendly counts for something.
I'm an hour away from RG. I used to go a couple times a week until they went to all CSMs on the blackjack. I just got tired of it. The UTH has been around there for about 6 months now. The table is usually empty during the week.
>The table is usually empty during the week.
it was empty at times during the day, but evening had it respectably busy
Chess: 1850 down to Kings and PawnsI am fairly sure I have never beaten the 1850 at level 6 if we start from the beginning moves; I do remember being able to beat level 5 occasionally. I was playing more chess then and at my best. Level 5 was pretty fun, and Iíd say level 6 is the last practical level for play. The computer will take an average of 2 minutes per move at L6; that includes when the best move is obvious, so 2 minutes, often more, can feel like an eternity.
Iím not there now for sure. Here I am able to win at level 1, showing the vulnerability of the computer if it can be kept from getting ahead in pieces. At level 1 it may also have left itself at a bad place when all thatís left are Kings and Pawns. At move 32 I feel that White should win, having the more advanced pawns; itís how to beat the 1850, keep from getting behind on pieces and play a better end game. This is further tested below.
At move 32 I change the 1850 to level 6. Now, still playing White, and blundering at move 42, I am able to prevail in a somewhat different game; it takes 49 moves again. This suggests the end game did not improve for the 1850 at level 6 over level 1:
Then I switch and I play Black, level 6, starting with move 32 again. White [now the 1850] at level 6 takes 60 moves to win. Like a mother fretting over all her babies, it just canít see that it has the game wrapped up by ignoring those pawns. Then, after Queening, it canít see it doesnt need to scarf up any more pawns or need any other Queens.
I test my last statement about not needing any more Queens by playing White again vs. level 6 at move 49. I am able to get checkmate on move 59 ... perhaps the conundrum caused by the Black pawn potentially putting the White King in check could have been avoided, making mate possible by move 58.
OG, your blog posts have inspired me to start thinking about chess again. I haven't played competitively since I was a teenager, and I hadn't played a game in 10 years (and it was probably another 10 years prior to that when I last played). Anyway, I have started to play Microsoft's Chess Titans on the default (Intermediate -- Level 5) setting and am getting my butt handed to me regularly! :P
Good luck in your pursuit! (I know... it's chess. Luck has nothing to do with it!)
Cool! Post some PGNs! That is such a nice development these days, to be able to post and see the games.
Chess: ImprovingI feel I should point out again that the games can be followed with an analyzer - otherwise these posts are just a bunch of drivel - nobody is going to try to replicate the game manually for somebody at my level. With an analyzer, it's available in a flash.
I like http://www.chess.com/analysis-board-editor .... you click on the "paste PGN" and copy and paste in the moves.
This is the first game I've won against the 1850 at level one - that doesnt mean I won against an 1850-rated player but something unknown, maybe 1100-1400 ? I insisted on the beginning move, e4 e5, otherwise it was rule-enforced including touching a piece. I can't remember if I took White out of book*
Improvement has come partly from being reminded of necessary precautions in play, such as examining the possible actions of each enemy piece each contemplated move, and the extra caution needed for pieces advanced to the 4th rank or beyond [which caused the embarrassing blunder in my first post in the thread]. It all sounds simple, but when I am rusty I don't have the discipline.
The computer never resigns, so I played it out to checkmate to make member Jbyrd happy LOL.
I am Black
*the computer knows extensive 'opening book' but it is possible to make it play without using this knowledge - this helps
Chess Cont.It occurs to me that I should not flatter myself to think anyone would be particularly interested in continuing to analyze my chess, or anyone else's at my level, so I will switch to blogging. It's what a blog is for I think. That's not to say I wouldn't be very happy to see any comments!
I won't repeat what I put in the thread,
except my last PGN posting, where I am starting to play a little better [thought I would win], but the Radio Shack 1850 shows again what it can do even at low levels.
I also take Jbyrd's advice and played out the first PGN I posted by switching sides at move 22. It probably is true there is something to be learned by switching sides instead of resigning in some cases. In this case, I blunder again at move 27 as Black [stupidly failing to realize the White Queen can take a pawn and prevent disaster by putting me in check], but Black [now me] wins in the end. It shows the 1850's weakness is the end game [bear in mind it's playing at level one here though]