Superstition
  • On the lighter side, how many actually use some type of superstition when you go play BJ. A superstition can be anything from the time you leave home 'til the time you get back home. One thing I do is keep all green and black chips under my reds.
  • I hate to admit it, but I'll leave a table if there's lots of negative fibes being put out by other players or the dealer, and I'm not crazy about playing at tables where basic strategy is ignored by other players. But I won't leave a winning table regardless of conditions.
  • I'm not sure if this counts as a superstition or not but I have a little dragon I keep on the table when I play. It's sometimes a good conversation piece and the pit bosses love to check it out. I can judge how cool a dealer is by whether he/she lets me keep it on the table or asks me to put it away. If the dealer asks me to put it away I usually leave pretty soon after that. If the dealer lets me keep it, the table is usually pretty fun to play at.
  • I guess I am not superstitious at all. One year after 9/11. We flew to Vegas on 9/11 and I played in the Hilton BJ Tournament, on Friday the 13 th. I think a lot of gamblers are superstitious. I have a lot of hats and I have had them mark my spot, while I go to the car and get my "lucky" hat. The fact that Seven Aces came out, in the last hand, didn't really have anything to do with it. :wink:
  • I don't give it much thought , but my buddy I go with quite often will park on the lucky side of the cassino, wear his lucky hat, keep his lucky dog picture in his pocket, and only use real clean chips on a big wager. He bets wild and is all over the place but I think he's actually ahead of the game........Shredder
  • I will normally slip a Silver Dollar, given to me by my grandfather, into my pocket. Although it is also there on the bad nights, I actually feel uncomfortable at the table if Ihave accidently forgotten it .
    I would also like to mention how much I like this site. I have been following all of your posts for about 3 months and feel I have picked up some very useful tips. I play BJ on a regular basis of at least once a week here in Central Illinois and truly enjoy the challenge. I play , what I feel, is a good BS game with very few mistakes. Currently using a progressive style attack , but am becoming more and more interested in the counting method.
    Once again--thanks for each and every one of your post.

    woufe01
  • I guess it is superstition that I clutch my basic strategy card, even though I could play perfectly in my sleep. It also helps for a "disquise" when I am counting.
  • D said:
    I guess it is superstition that I clutch my basic strategy card, even though I could play perfectly in my sleep. It also helps for a "disquise" when I am counting.


    Do casinos allow that? I thought that you couldn't use any playing aids at the table. I don't want to get "roughed up," or taken in the back room . . . :D
  • Basic Strategy cards are fine.
  • Seriously?!

    Geebus, I can't tell you how many people have told me the exact opposite. :evil: Idiots.
  • Seriously. I've seen a few people in Las Vegas with them. And it does provide a good cover not to mention helps you remember a tough play after 6 hours at the tables...not that I've ever done that :wink: :wink: :wink:
  • I saw a woman with a BS card at the Westward -Ho about 6 months ago. The dealer told her she coulden't set it on the table, but she could hold it in her hand and lookat it as much as she wanted to. I've seen the same thing happen at casino's in the Chicago area.

    Charles
  • I ALWAYS hold mine and have never been challenged. I was told that I couldn't put it on the table though. Once a dealer asked to see it; it was more cuiousity though I think because mine is a "homemade" one with just the strategies I tended to forget (splits and soft combinations). This has been in Vegas, Detroit and Windsor, Canada.
  • Superstitions are for losers. Play perfect BS, take only to the casino what you can afford to lose, use a betting progression and don't dwell on any one hand and you'll be fine.
  • its bad luck to be superstitious..... :)

    i have a lucky shirt, i always park on the the 3rd floor of the parking garage and i have a bunch more little ones.
  • Last spring I made a homemade tri-fold version of the BS card and used it all over Las Vegas. No problems using it anywhere but one morning(Bally's @4:00AM at first base) the supervisor was quite curious about it and asked to see it. I gave it to him and he walked away a few feet, walked back and gave it back to me.
    Why?
    I have come up with 3 reasons.
    1. He was bored. (very slow play. possible)
    2. He had never seen one like this before.(most likely reason)
    3. I had used high quality (SHINY) paper and he may have thought I was using it as a shiner. (did not think shiners were possible to use anymore with the way the dealer looks at his hole card)

    He then changed the dealer and immediately I went on a losing streak and hit my stop/loss limit shortly thereafter. The next morning I went back and it wasn't long before the same dealer was put back at my table. My cards went in the tank again and I moved on.
    Coincidence?
  • "He then changed the dealer and immediately I went on a losing streak and hit my stop/loss limit shortly thereafter. The next morning I went back and it wasn't long before the same dealer was put back at my table. My cards went in the tank again and I moved on. Coincidence?"

    NO, don't think so. A "new" dealer is brought in for a REASON, in my opinion. Even with Digital BJ (which is the only game I play) where dealer is not physically handling the cards, the pace, flow of the cards can change to protect the House Edge. So, I am really on a nice run & "up" at least $1,000. They bring in the "big, bad dealer". He is rapid fire, says not a word to anyone at the table- Mr. Stonyface :evil: , as he puts his finger to the button. A FULL table, we are all silent, trying to keep up with him. He allows no pauses in the pace. Bam, Bam, Bam. Make your decision QUICKLY & don't think about it (Good for BS players) cause he is trying to "wear you down". Needless to say, he was unable to "break" me (I lost not a hand) and SOON this "relief" dealer left and the old one was brought back in. Coincidence? No, don't think so....
  • "he was unable to "break" me (I lost not a hand) and SOON this "relief" dealer left and the old one was brought back in. Coincidence? No, don't think so...."

    CAUTION here: when I say "I lost not a hand", what I mean by that is I lost not a "legitimate" hand I should have won based on good strategy; good decisions...... Let us just say, he was unable to reduce my pile of chips (I remained steadily ahead) though I cannot remember what I might have "won", additionally while this dealer was at the helm :P .

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