Not to bore you with war stories, but there was strange moon over my blackjack table last night:
The first shoe I played I did not take a hit the whole shoe. I think it was 10 hands. The one time I would have hit, the dealer BJ'd.
Second shoe, first hand, I get dealt a 7-card 17. Not that unusual -- except the guy two spots over was promptly dealt a 7-card 16 on the same hand (he stayed; though it defied BS, it was hard to fault him). I'n no counter, but I have to guess that sent the count through the roof.
Fourth shoe I get 7s to split -- and get another 7 on one of the. Lady next to me also gets 7s, splits them and gets another 7 that she has to split.
Fifth or sixth shoe -- I lost all 10 hands.
(I was the ATM during the seventh shoe).
Eighth shoe -- dealer had ace up on four straight hands and BJs on three of them.
Early mornin 430AM, and had been playing all of 3rd shift (12M to 7 AM). Just two other people at the table, and things going OK, all of us are up a bit: me +250 for the nite so far. The dealer shows an 8.
Fella to my right has 55 and doubles getting a third 5. I get 77 and draw a third 7. [Copped $500 on Super 7's!... with a $50 bet up the worst I could have done was break-even] Lady to my left has 66 and draws another 6. Dealer flips an 8 and busts with another 8.
Because I had 77, the PB was around to look. He shook his head when the dealer broke. Most of us talked about it for a while. FWIW... the lady on my left later on also hit 777 for $500
I wrote that one in the notebook when I got home... never seen that one since.
This happened about a week or so back. Just a few days after I made that run thru the Midwest casinos.
Had a seat at a $10 table playing two at 70%....$20 on each and a running count of +4 after 2-3 rounds. I won the next two hands and went to $35 each. I then won between 1000 and 1200 without losing a single hand. By this time the pit,dealer and table were taking note. I remember splitting 9's on two separate rounds and one went to three with two doubles. Finally somewhere in the second shoe I lost a hand. Damn I lost a hand......... and the table went wild, even the pit and dealer. In one short 3 hour session I won over half of what it took me ten days to scratch out on the trip.
After I got home, I tried to figure how many hands I had won in a row. It had to be between 9-12 because I never had reason to change my bet from the $35. I then looked at the probabilities for winning that many hands. It's a good size number, but it can and does happen. What makes it almost unbelievable is the fact that I was playing two hands and never lost. Can't happen would have been my answer, but it did. The probability of 9 in a row is one thing, but 9 in a row for two hands is the product of the two probabilities, a very big number. If it can happen, it will happen...
No Frank, its not. One has to be seated at a SUPER 7's table and pay $1 as a side-bet. There is a schedule for the payout. At that time SUPER 7's was just arriving there as it was late in the year. Simply reverse-counting 7's and betting at a count of five 7's per deck remaining, was the best strategy at that time.
First card = 7 pays $3 Pair of 7's pays $50 Suited pair of 7's pays $100 Any 777 pays $500 Suited 777 pays $5000
Thanks for the info, shows how blinded I get by the spinning Roulette Wheels.. Seen the super 7's tables but never paid any attention to them while seeking out a open Roulette table..