well i think most of the people who told me id do better off playing Blackjack at the live tables are right. (unless ive just been lucky). or maybe its because the machines i found while in AC are not possible to get a longterm edge in like u can at some of the places out west. obviously theres no reason to come back to vegas anymore, since ive been told theyve removed the good machine at the el cortez, and replaced it with one thats not beatable, shuffles every hand. not only that, it gives 1 point for every $4 instead of 1 point for every $1 like the old one plus it dont give out point multipliers anymore. so instead of 5 points for every $1, its 1 point for every $4. (basically means for the same amount of free play, u need to run 20x as much thru it.) so of course, its now no longer any good, and will make it impossible for me to earn rooms at the elcortez if i return.
At least they didnt shut down the nugget poker room like Chris Abramski made me think on twitter. funny thing, 1 guy in AC on 2+2 also posted the same email, (worrying the AC nugget room would shut down). they certainly didnt word the email very well. confused a lot more people than just me and Chris.
today while waiting to check into my new hotel room, i got a haircut (and a shave or beard trim) for $15, not a bad deal and killed an hours time since i had to come back later. need to do laundry immediately though when i wake up at midnite or later.
Last night, i was supposed to take a horrible loss. i left the $20-40 stud game out $1075. ran so bad and the only hand i did well in i started with rolled up kings. a couple of other sets i lost and once or twice stayed in too long. but a lot of it was due to bad luck. and thats the same as losing $100 in $2-4 stud, so its not really that big of loss, (by that i mean its not unusual for that stake).
But i sure ran hot in the LIVE table BJ. there were no VBJ machines around the area where i was staying, and i sat at a $10 shoe game and moved tables when too many people sat. won about $700 before i went to sleep, and soon as i woke up after a brief nap and needing to change hotels, i sat back down and won another $500 or so. i got very lucky on the final hand. i had 3 bets of $250 each out, (by far my biggest bet of this trip out east) and the running count was plus 10 with about 1 1/2 decks remaining out of 8. (whats the true count?) i assumed it was at least plus 7. (actually it wasnt the final hand, i finished out the shoe since the count was good--but it wouldve been had i lost)
if i were to have lost that hand, id been out a tremendous amount of money, for i got dealt 88 on one hand, A7 on another, and 73 on the remaining hand, and the dealer had 4 showing. so i was forced to pull out the remaining $1000 in the other sock, and double down (or split) on all 3 hands.
got dealt one 10 and one 9 on the 88 split, got dealt 3 (for 21) on the A7 hand, (thats why u double that) and got dealt a face card on the 73 hand for 20 total. so i had 6 bets of $250 each in play.
dealer turns over 3 to go with his 4 and of course im praying for him to have 17. Then i get the fear of Almighty God inserted into me when the next card is a 4, (and of course the pit boss is watching the hand with great interest). what a great thrill and a relief swept over me when the next card was 6 for 17 total, giving me a winner on 5 of 6 hands and a push on the other. i hope the dealer was happy with the $7 tip i left and wasnt expecting something much bigger.
so after expenses, im back to $23,200+ and im dead tired now and going to sleep.