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5 Weekends=1 Blackjack Report

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Booger, Apr 27, 2003.

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  1. Booger

    Booger Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    For the last 5 weekends I have been in Vegas,
    playing Blackjack with my hard earned bankrole.
    Stayed at the lovely El Cortez each time,it's me,
    I just like it there?

    This report is going to be a little different
    than my others because I can't remember what days
    I did what? Sooo..it's going to be like this...

    I would arrive via Greyhound at around midnight
    on Fri.,leave Mon. morn at 1:30am.In between
    those times is sort of "fuzzy".This trip was a
    feeling out trip for me,to see if I could handle
    playing more money.
    So I decided I would play green Downtown and
    if I was ahead I would play black on the Strip.
    I just wander around,look closely at the games,
    pick one,play for 45min-1hr,win-lose,move on.I'll
    do this for 2-3 rounds then take a break.Go eat
    or play some slots or VP,Geez,I even lost $40 at
    roulette at the ElCo,BAD!,Booger,BAD!If I'm up
    some money I head to the Strip and start looking
    around.I hav'nt play much on the Strip so it was
    all new for me,I was a little uncomfortable at
    first, got a little better as time went on,very
    little.I guess "my" kind of people are Downtown
    more than on the Strip.Anyways,that's about it.
    nothing really exciting.Out of the 5 weekends,
    Booger-2
    Casino-3
    But,My wins were BIGGER then than My losses,so
    we had a good trip.
    Now for some of my notes of games for the strip

    Bally's-6/5 single deck...BOOO!!
    But a VERY GOOD double deck game:DOA,S17,DAS,
    good pen,$25min.

    Bar-u-Coast-Double deck:decent game,but they
    watch very close there!

    Bellagio-Great double deck:DOA,S17,DAS,70-80%pen

    Caesars-Great double deck:DOA,S17,DAS, also
    has good 6 deck games:DOA,S17,DAS,RSA up to 4

    Mirage-Great double deck:DOA,S17,DAS,75%pen
    They also had a decent 6 deck games with auto
    -shufflers.

    NYNY- Good 6 deck games;DOA,S17,DAS,RSA,80%pen
    Some of the games are hand shuffle,some machine.

    Slots-o-Fun- Wanna-be counter heaven!!Lousy game.
    The only reason this in my good list is,it's so
    much fun to watch all of the people practicing
    counting there.It's like "counting class"

    "TI"-Decent games,good pen,2-6 deck games.

    MGM-good 6 deck games,60-80%pen.The rest of the
    games suck.Had csm's on 4 deck games.

    Sahara- LOTS of $1 tables,lousy game but fun to
    play.Also have a decent 6 deck game.

    Harrah's- Only so-so games there but is in my
    good list because they allow mid-deck entry
    so you can "wong-in" games there.(Wonging-in is
    to count the game from the crowd then enter only
    when the count is in your favor,then get out when
    the count goes down)This is normally done on 6/8
    deck games because the count tends to stay high
    or low in those games for longer periods of time.

    This is a list of the games I played while there
    I played double deck,playing black(BIG money for
    me)and spreading 1-3or4.Gotta say,it's a little
    troubling having 4,5,6,8 bills on the table on 1
    little ol' bet!I think I'll stick with red and
    green play for while and just dable in the black
    zone for a while.

    Here's my list of games NOT worth playing:
    Alladin-6/5 single deck

    Bally's-6/5 single deck

    Circus-Circus-BAD single deck,decent double deck
    but are watched very close there.

    Excalibur-lousy games,50%pen or less!Dealers have
    trouble with soft hands!

    Paris-6/5 single deck,csm's on $5-$10 games.

    Hilton-6/5 games BOO!!:Lots of BIG MONEY changing
    hands around here,6/5 or not!

    Imp Palace-Decent double deck games but lousy 50%
    pen,cutting off a FULL DECK!

    Luxor-Not good,dealer are very afraid of counters
    here,always backcounting cards.PARANOID!!!

    Tropicana-They didn't have a single game that I
    would play,counting or not.

    The HO-decent game but LOTS OF HEAT from the pit
    for green play,worse that the ElCo.I think if I'd
    of continued playing green there I would have
    been 86'ed.Another pit crew that keeps close
    tabs on the discard tray!

    There's many more but that's enough for
    now.You're probably bored to tears by now!

    Well,that about wraps it up.Sort of weird report
    but if the shoe fit's wear it,right?All in all it
    was a great learning experience and I can't wait
    until I'm more comfortable with the higher play
    so that I can really enjoy it. THE END

    Booger

    [ April 28, 2003, 10:20 PM: Message edited by: Booger ]
     
  2. HurricaneMikey

    HurricaneMikey A-List Buffoon

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    Hey Booger...thanks for the updates...

    How about a quick reminder on all the abbreviations so that we don't have to go look them up...

    (I've forgotten what DOA is.... :rolleyes: )

    Mikey
     
  3. Aaron

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    I hope Booger doesn't mind me taking the liberty to explain some of the abbreviations.

    DOA means you can double on any 2 card hand you are dealt. In some casinos you can only double on, say, 10 or 11. DOA = good for the player.

    DAS = double after splitting, also good for the player. For example, if you are dealt 4's and are allowed to double after split, you should always split them. However, if DAS is not allowed, you would not split them.

    RSA = resplit aces (usually up to 4 times I think) which is obviously also advantageous to the player.

    S17 means the house has to stand on all 17's, which once again, benefits the player.

    Finally, Booger mentions the percentage penetration (i.e. 75% pen). I believe this indicates how deep ino a deck or shoe a dealer deals before reshuffling. The higher the percentage, the better it is for the player since he/she can get a more accurate count. If you are not counting, the penetration is not important.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. Aaron

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    A couple corrections I would like to make:

    "DAS = double after splitting, also good for the player. For example, if you are dealt 4's and are allowed to double after split, you should always split them. However, if DAS is not allowed, you would not split them."

    You should always split 4's against a 5 or 6 when allowed. From my statement above, it implies you should split 4's against anything; not true!

    Also, I believe I said that in some casinos you can only double down on 10 or 11. I meant that in certain games like single deck will one see this rule.
     
  5. Andsen

    Andsen Well-Known Member

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    I get so nervous playing green (very rare) that it looks like I have palsey. Can't even start to imagine playing black and having to split but of course I don't count. And I sure couldn't do a good count playing that kinda loot. More power to ya! [​IMG]
     
  6. doctor_al

    doctor_al VIP Whale

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    Thanks for posting, Booger. I'm going to be hanging around mid-strip in June, now I've got a list of double-deck games to hit.
     
  7. Booger

    Booger Tourist

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    Well Andsen,to tell you the truth,these last
    trips were the first time playing all black for
    myself.I've played green and had 1 black in
    before and have gotten used to that but it's a
    whole new thing to have half a weeks pay check on
    the line for one hand.Whenever I have more than 1
    chip in the circle,I know I have the advantage,so
    I'm expecting to double/split,but it's going to
    take some more "practice" before I'm convinced
    the counting works with Black chips also!! Ha!Ha!

    Booger
     
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