...for the casino that is! I was in AC yesterday and played three different table games - BJ, Spanish 21, and EZ Baccarat. On the BJ table the side bet was Lucky Ladies (24.7% HA). The other guy at the table with me and my brother was betting this every hand for as much or almost as much as his regular bet. No exaggeration for the first 20 mins or so that we were there he pushed or won almost every hand, he was having the kind of streak most of us would clean up on, but he wasn't getting anywhere because he kept losing the side bet. He won it a few times, once for 19 to 1 which won him around 400. But even though my brother and I had much less luck than him on the normal game we both colored up ahead and this guy's chip stack was still down. On Spanish 21 the side bet is Match the Dealer (3% HA, not bad). Again, my brother and I both won at this table. There was a real loudmouth guido at the table who kept pointing out every time one of us would have won the side bet and shaking his head saying things like "you just threw money away". He kept betting 1 green on the regular bet and 1 green on the side bet, he bought in for 700 and only had 150-200 left after the half hour or so when we left (both up). And he seemed to be doing as well as us on his regular hands. The worst though was on EZ Baccarat. I never played this game before, sat down on it by accident. But it was low limits and the friendly dealer and other players explained its differences from regular baccarat. They talked up the Dragon side bet (7.6% HA) very hard. I see the appeal, it pays 40-1 and it has a cool name. But people were playing it (and the Panda bet) on every hand, sometimes only those bets. We played 39 hands before coloring up (both ahead again) and the Dragon came up twice. So it would have been good to play it. The lady next to me won it both times for 1k each, she basically plays red chips so I figured she must be way ahead after winning 2k in that short span. She said no way, and she started telling me about how hardly any dragons or pandas had been hitting for so long at that table and other tables. So even at the red chip level a couple of quick 1k hits put her nowhere near even. If I ever run a casino I think I'll offer nothing but side bets.