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hollywood columbus

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by buckeyetodd, Nov 20, 2015.

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  1. buckeyetodd

    buckeyetodd Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    so this isn't so much of a trip report as I'm at Hollywood a few times a month or so, just some interesting tidbits.

    firstly, this has to be a group of the most unhappy employees I've ever seen. that's not to say that they stand around frowning or mistreating customers, that's not the case at all. overall, I would say their dealers and pit bosses are pretty decent and friendly. when you are in a place enough, you just start to get to know some of the personel on a more personal basis. I remember about a year ago they got a ten cent raise, yes a whole dime. when I was in last week I found out that Hollywood has done away with the employee kitchen area and installed some kind of cafeteria style vending machine. I guess they are mostly brown bagging it now. obviously not a giant deal but it is for the employees who are being made to feel like they don't matter.

    as far as gambling goes, I have no idea what these knuckleheads are doing and here is a couple of examples. up to a month or so ago, they had a free bet blackjack game that was very popular. it was so popular that if you wanted a seat, you had to get there in the 11:30 range to get a seat when they opened the table at noon. now I don't know what the casino hold it on a regular bj table but obviously they were making "some" money on this table. I just don't understand why, when you have all kinds of other bj tables, you would get rid of something that your customers actually enjoy. that's like a restaurant who sells chicken and steak taking chicken off the menu because they make a little more money on a steak. pretty soon you probably won't be able to drink water at the restaurants because they don't make any money off of it.

    since the freebet was gone, I went over to a pretty decent dd $25 table they have. I hadn't been on it in quite a while but there was an open seat, which doesn't happen all that often. seems like the table was full most of the time. so the first hand I get a5 vs a dealers 6 upcard. I toss down an extra $25 chip and the dealer looks at me and says what are you doing. I say I'm doubling. she says no dice. they have changed the rules at the table. now you can only double on a 9,10 or 11 and no doubling at all after splitting. I'm like wtf? some drunk asshole sitting next to me starts explaining how all bj tables are that way all over the united states, blah blah blah, I just wanted to punch him in the drunk fucking mouth. he starts explaining to me about the count etc...like he has wrote a couple of bj books. I'm thinking the problem is the pit personel allowing people to sit and blatantly count cards. when I played in the past there was always a couple of the same guys always at the table, one of which used to work there, and they would almost be counting out loud. what they were doing was so obvious. in fact, one pit boss said to the guy please don't make it so obvious. I was floored.

    I only played about a half hour on the table and when I went to cash out I passed a three card table that a buddy of mine was playing at. I stopped to talk to him and was telling him about the bj rules change when his dealer says to me that they have completely ruined that game and there were no playable bj tables left in the place. I asked about the dd game in the high limit room and he said it has the same rules. I can't imagine a black chip bettor sitting down to those kind of rules.

    so that's where Columbus is right now. they are the only game in town so people are going to play. it won't keep me away completely but I think I'm just going to start taking more trips to vegas and less to Columbus.

    todd
     
    gonna be a two royal trip!!
  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    That sucks to hear about the rule changes. Definitely a good reason to cut back playing.

    Is Ohio a state that can't bar card counters? You can't in Missouri. But you can do other preventive measures like force flat betting or shuffle every hand.


    I'm shocked they got rid of "free bet BJ" too. That's likely the most successful table game since UTH, or maybe "High Card Flush".
     
  3. buckeyetodd

    buckeyetodd Low-Roller

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    i'm not sure what state of ohio law is as far as counting is concerned. i do know that there has been a few times while playing carnival games and getting my ass handed to me i have asked a dealer to do a quick shuffle prior to putting them in the shuffle machine and i was told they weren't allowed and implied it was state law. people are going to keep playing these games regardless if they have shitty rules or not. there isn't any place else to play.

    its been a while since i went down to the cincinnati horseshoe but i'm going to make a trip and check out their conditions on the bj table. yes its an extra hour drive for me or so but if the rules are better i would say its worth the time.
     
    gonna be a two royal trip!!
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