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Thread: Winter Spring 2021 Vegas Trip

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    Day 20 play

    Two shoes only but it took HOURS because the casino was a tad crowded and there were others playing at my table. When I play alone, which is most of the time, I'll blaze through a shoe in twenty to thirty minutes, but when there are other players, it often goes excruciatingly slowly.

    First shoe, I played solidly and was ahead a clean eight grand at the end. Yesterday I walked right into a ten Bank run right off the bat, today a nine Player run right out the gate.

    Second shoe, things started going awry, including when this one silly player started betting against me on Bank when I was on Player, with middling results. I mean if that player had won every time, then I would have known to just back off when opposed, but it was like that player won some, lost some. Anyway, gradually I went downhill until I had gone from that +8000 to -1500 for the session, felt like Matt Damon after he decided to keep playing against KGB after winning ten grand off him and was temporarily in the pooper, then plunked 6500 on Player on a hand that looked so Player it was making me sick - the blue French Fries had always stuck together. I drew a 5, Bank 2, I drew a face to retain my 5, and Bank drew an ace. WIN!

    From there, I got nice streaks, both Bank and Player, and ended the shoe up +10,900.

    The other players kept trying to convince me to play more, but I just didn't have the willingness to play through another shoe that slowly, so I left. They were mostly amazed as to why I would leave when I was winning, but - hey, I do that all the time. How else you gonna win, other than leaving while ahead?

    Just like yesterday I cut the shoe and if we decide to do take out versus room service this evening, I'll double back to take a look at my cut card handiwork and see if I left a fabulous shoe behind again.

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    Day 21 play

    Who says the number FOUR is unlucky?

    Played just 1 1/2 shoes. First shoe, I really should have won a lot more as it was streaking nicely, but every time I tried to jack the bet to around 2000 I'd lose - second Bank or second Player just wouldn't drop on that particular row! Ended the shoe up about +3000.

    This was around shift change and as the other pit boss left pit boss shook my hand and declared, "Just want to say that it is good to have a nice player like you in the casino." Why not? I win, I have fun, I tip the dealers, I sprinkle Lincolns and Hamiltons among the servers, a good time is had by all.

    Second shoe I was doing all right, and then again, started to dump on some of the larger hands until I was -2500. I reasoned that Bank was due, and gradually sprinkled all my chips but a few blacks onto Bank - 5500 in all. I drew two face cards, zero, and Player drew a four. Mandatory two card draw. As mine was pushed towards me I declared, "I need a nine!" and sure enough, there it was! four sides with the dot in the middle and Boom! I tossed it out there. The new pit boss just shook her head and smiled - obviously this was a hand they had to record as it was my high bet for the session. Dealer drew - I think it was a face - I didn't pay much attention, as I knew I had it. That put me back at +3000 and change.

    Rest of the shoe I really didn't play right. It was streaking up and down Bank / Player side by side runs but I wasn't betting enough. I could have cleaned up majorly. After about the middle of the shoe the runs shortened and the shoe seemed like it was on the verge of getting random, so I colored up, paid off the 8K marker, and walked with +4425. Ole!

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    Day 22 play

    Yesterday was beyond hectic and the action went on for about eight hours more or less straight.

    I played - I believe it was 3 shoes. First shoe I dumped about five grand quickly. Then I rallied and held my own for the next two shoes. A poker player on break from a tournament sat down with me and was betting erratically. I lost the entire 8K of my first marker and pulled another 20K. I was actually right about at even and put 1500 on Bank which the other player put his measly two hundred (his usual bet) on Player, and this influenced me to pull my bet. Banker won 2 to 1 on that hand. The guy left and I ended up losing. If I had won that 1500 hand the next hand was also Bank and I would have pressed to 2000, and the whole session might have gone another way, but instead, I lost that 20K marker, pulled another 20K marker and was betting heavily, including a 10,600 hand case bet I won, and lots of huge bets I lost.

    I started the third shoe with about twenty thousand in front me and ended dumping all of that too. That was near my limit for what I'm willing to lose in one session, so I quit, about -48,000 for that session (less, since I had some chips on the table that I scooped up to take with me).

    I then walked, and it was not a short walk, to another resort. I was thinking that I was going to pull a massive amount and play hard from the getgo, but when I got there I ran into the pit bosses who know me as a cool reserved amiable player and I didn't want to show my currently a bit agitated colors, so I just pulled 8K.

    I arrived mid shoe and the Player was running, and no one else at the table was betting (there were no empty tables, for some reason yesterday was Baccarat day casinos were crowded with Bacc players), and the dealer kept free handing Player after Player until the pit boss said, "What are you doing?" to the dealer, knowing that I wouldn't let a streak go and I wanted to bet.

    I put 500 on Player, won, 1500 on Player, won, 4500, won. Pit boss didn't even notice the bet until heard me yelling and said, "Wow. Well I would have yelled over winning 4500 too." I honestly then wanted to put 13500 on the next hand for Player, but I chickened out and just left 4500 on there. Player went only two more times so I ended up ahead 6500 for that sequence.

    From there, for a long time, I kept getting stuck at about +5000 but eventually managed to get to +15000 for this session.

    There were two other players at the table. One, and he was there with a friend, would bet only 100 or 200, and marched to own drummer. This player bet against us at times. This player even apologize about, hey, I'm not here to break the table karma, but if I see something and that it's not going past two, then I'm going to bet it. This player was actually right much of the time, but I didn't notice getting anywhere. Flat betting over the long term just doesn't work.

    The other two players were together too. One would always bet the same amount - 3300. I asked what this was about and the player explained that it was a lucky number for Asians as it had something to do with 9. (Or, maybe was betting 3600 , I don't know, I wasn't watching that closely.) All this made me think was that there was no way this player could win because was also flat betting, albeit larger. This player's friend would jump in occasionally with $500 bets but near the end of their session was betting more a lot more, probably out of desperation. I saw them pull several 20K markers and then a 100K marker, and when they left the 100K was colored up and they walked with it, but not much more so they must have dumped some -60K or so between the two of them. I saw them toss some kind of player card I had never seen before of a color I had never seen before at this casino.

    One issue that occasionally recurred with at least one of the pit bosses is that I was being told to calm down when I was winning and not be so loud, and not throw the cards on the table. I literally threw some of the winning cards off the table a couple of times because I got so excited on the more difficult draws. I'd declare, "That's a winning 4! even off the table."

    I didn't have much experience with this pit boss who was making the most noise over my noise. I soundly ignored the pit boss and just told the pit boss that this is the way I play and I've always played this way. One pit boss told me that if I hit the dealer with the cards wouldn't let me open any longer. Again I mentioned that I never throw the cards when I lose a hand, I just fling them when I am happy. They also kept reminding to stay seated because occasionally I would throw the cards down from over the top of the plexiglass when I had a natural 9.

    The prior crew, earlier in the day, all know me and don't care what I do, and in fact have commented more than once what a pleasure it is to have a positive, excited player at the table. Actually, I might just walk back to that resort and have an EYEBALL with whoever is in charge and lodge a complaint. Yesterday even the Asians at the table were getting excited and banging on the plexiglass when they won, and if the pit bosses can't handle that, they should just find another job.

    After I got up fifteen grand at the end of the fourth shoe I think it was, I plunked 5000 on Bank and lost. Then I plunked 10000 on Bank and lost again - Player started with 1 and dealer actually pulled a 7 on top of the 1 and I couldn't draw anything more than a face card to try to increase my initial 6. Then at the beginning of the next shoe I lost 2000 to go from +15000 to -2000. That was the low point when I started to think that I might as well just accept the loss at the other casino and leave.

    Then, things started turning for me, greatly. I got multiple runs which I pressed into, followed a chop perfectly, and went through a long period when I was winning something like 80% of my hands. During that period though I was betting only 500. When the main dealer came back and saw the stack of 500s asked why I had them. I explained that the entire stack had started with just one 500 chip. Dealer shook head and said, I would not have given you those small chips, 1000s only, I know you're hot tonight. Dealer was right, I would have won twice as much during that winning streak with the higher denomination chip.

    What's amazing is that while I was knocking it out of the park the big two players were just sitting there watching. They didn't play into runs, they didn't follow streaks, they just bet very occasionally, and as far as the larger bettor of the two, always that same 3300 (or 3600) amount. Probably why they dumped sixty grand.

    At the end of the sixth shoe, I was up over +38000 and quit. The time factor was starting to wear on me. I wanted to get another ten grand but just couldn't do it all in one go and didn't want to dump again. Given that I started with just an 8K marker, winning over 38 grand in one session is not bad at all. The dealer too commented that wasn't aware that I had pulled only an 8000 and that winning over 38K off that small amount was very good.

    What's interesting is that I tipped very little during this big run session. I did lay some quarters out there, and a fifty once, and some reds early on, but somehow lost most of the green side bets for the dealer. I suppose I didn't view it as winning since I was actually in the hole for the day from the other resort, so I wasn't tipping much.

    So that was it approximately -48000 at one resort, approximately +38000 at the other, approximately -10000 for the day. To pay the other resort I didn't want to deal with the cash and the CTR so I asked them to phone the other resort in advance and tell them I'm coming with the 38000 in their chips. Of course, the resort I won at temp closed my line, but so what, I don't need them right now and the line will reopen in a few days.

    In the meantime, I am going to talk to my host to kick in my session loss rebate deal I have in place. I will actually ask for it this time. I won't get into details but I've always had that just rarely have to pull that card. Only problem I foresee is that I already paid off the line with a combination of foreign and their own chips. I should have left the amount I expect back unpaid, or paid off nothing and demanded the rebate before I paid. But, I have a hard time leaving a debt open when I have won.

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