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Table Games The cold seat

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by sindustry, Jul 25, 2014.

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  1. sindustry

    sindustry VIP Whale

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    Have you ever sat down at a table and after a few hands, you get that feeling that you are in the cold seat? The seat where no matter who leaves, who comes in, or who sits out, you are destined to lose. I had one of those moments last night at my local casino (Pechanga). I sat down on one of many UTH tables, in the 6th seat (my favorite). There was only one other player on this table. I quickly lost the first 4 or 5 hands in a row...not unusual. Next hand...Bam! Dealer gets quad 5s! I lose the next hand. Then the next hand...Bam! Dealer gets quad Kings! Over the next hour, people would come and go. Then one guy sits down in 3rd base. Bam! He gets quad 5s on his first hand! All the while, I have been bleeding chips. I keep trying to convince myself to take a pee break, or move tables, but the dealer is dealing lots of trips, 4-flush, and 4-straight, on the board. So far, almost every flush, set, or straight I have made, was beat by the dealer. Monster hands are born from boards like these, so I try to stick it out. Well, monster hands did come, they just all went to the dealer...2 more quads for the dealer over then next 30 minutes or so! During the 2-2.5 hour session, there were 5 quads dealt, 4 of which the dealer got. Crazy! Luckily, I only lost $2k, but man what a waste of premium hands at that table! What made the pain worse, the table behind me dealt a Royal Flush to the person in Seat 2. Dealers at Pechanga keep their own tokes, so I bet our dealer was just as unhappy as we all were that he kept getting the quads.
     
  2. dooner

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    Every seat that I park my butt on becomes the cold seat.
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    It's happened to me at 3-card plenty of times.
    One trip, me & two buddies casino hopped playing 3-card. I tried all three spots at different tables - left-middle-right (of the 3 of us). No matter what I did, they were pulling straights, flushes and even trips & a straight-flush. Me? It's not like I was getting crap which is easy to fold...no....I was getting stuff like K-7-5 or Q-J-8...enough to suck me in, only to lose.
    I got killed & they killed the casinos.
     
    Seems like forever from now, but the flights are booked, so it counts!
  4. Turtleman

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    While your "luck" sounds familiar, I really love your signage at the bottom. The road to success isn't just under construction, it's laden with potholes, mines, bottomless crevasses, and ... uh, other "stuff"!
     
  5. mrem3200

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    Funny how it goes. If you and a friend sit down at an open table and one of you has a great session and the other one gets killed. Then afterward the loser says he wishes he would have had your spot and you his. This happened to me the last Vegas trip with my friend. Luckily for me I was on the winning end. The thing is that unless you both play exactly the same it is irrelevant. We both play pretty good basic strategy at BJ the one big difference is he will not split 8-8 into an A and I will, there is one other difference that I don't remember. So if either of us got just one of those hands, the cards would have been totally different and he could still have gotten beat up if he was in my seat.
     
  6. sindustry

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    I don't play much 3card, but I can relate to very similar scenerios in UTH. Sucks when you make that crying call bet, knowing it is the correct play, but also knowing you are ultimately doomed.
     
  7. wrxrob

    wrxrob High-Roller

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    I guess this is why I like craps. When you are winning, most everyone else is too!:peace:

    Then again, when you are losing..:thumbsdown: for the whole table.
     
  8. mrem3200

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    For sure that is one of the best thing abut craps...if it is going good.
     
  9. GogglesPizano

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    Although the loss was minor, I had a situation that reminded me again of the vagrancy of gambling.

    I'd signed up for a poker tournament and had 20 minutes to kill before it started. Thought I'd kill the time with some low limit B.J.. I had $100 on me which I used to by in. Bet $10/hand, played basic strategy and lost 8 straight hands. Including splitting nines and a loosing a 20 hand to dealer B.J. Now I'm down to $20 so I Lower my bet to $5/hand and proceeded to lose 4 hands in a row.

    I was sitting on the couches outside the poker room 12 minutes before the tourney. I'd sat down at the table and proceeded to lose 12 straight hands in less than 8 minutes and that included walking to and from the table.
     
  10. 21wins

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    Just happened to me Tuesday night at the Orleans.

    Started off pretty well. A couple left and one person takes a seat.

    Cards are shuffled(a few tines) and I proceed to lose 14 of 18 hands.
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    This post should be required reading for those who believe in Martingale!
    :beer:

    PS - this does remind me of the freakiest example of negative variance I've ever experienced in 30 years of playing blackjack in Vegas - I was dealt twelve consecutive 12s against twelve consecutive dealer 7s or better showing. I hit twelve consecutive tens.
    The dealer even called the pit-boss over after the 8th or 9th one and told him about the run. The pit stood there and watched it happen 3 or 4 more times. Even he was amazed.
    I was so grateful that I hadn't ever played or subscribed to the 'Martingale' system, and had been flat-betting $5/hand instead.
    (By the way - that still ended up being a winning trip!)
     
    Seems like forever from now, but the flights are booked, so it counts!
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