Shreveport - Bossier casinos????
  • I have played there quite a bit. although it is very crowded at peak hours on the weekends. i have found very favorable playing conditions.
    i was just wondering if anyone here is a regular there and what their thoughts are considering the small riverboats there.

    i have been to Vegas, tunica, kansas city and shreveport.

    vegas is vegas..............but i rate shreveport really high.

    just wondering what others thought. ?????
  • Have been there only once, but was also very impressed The blackjack rules are essentailly all favorable and the atmosphere (at the Horseshoe) was nicer than I expected. I'll defintely go back!!
  • Phil,

    im in tx. too. im only about two hours away from the casinos in shreveport. straight shot on I-20.
    im going over there this weekend.

    the horseshoe is by far the best in my opionon. they have the best dealers, the biggest casino floor, and it just seems nicer and cleaner.

    i like harrahs too.
  • I've been there three times. Enjoyed Hollywood more than others. However, Lake Charles river boats have produced more positive results for me. Lake Charles is also a little closer. Rules not as good as Vegas strip. Very crowded and loud. Best to go early weekdays.
  • i refuse to gamble at Hollywoods. i have had 3 bad experiences at the blackjack tables there.
    i do like it there because its big and open. and they use to have a temporary bar set up. (on weekends). all you had to do was walk up, show your club card and they would give you beer or a mixed drink.
    my mom is slot player and she likes to play slots at hollywoods on the weekends. my wife and I will not gamble there because of the problems that i have had there. so we would go there and get really drunk at the temporary bar. but the last time we were there, they didnt have the temporary bar. so now, i have no reason to go there. i did use their parking garage one time when i wanted to gamble at Harrahs & harrahs' garage was full.

    oh, and i got food poison from the Hollywood Diner.
  • Can you describe a little more information about your misfortunes besides the wrong choice of food? I remember some inexperienced dealers and cage personnel's inability to make correct change! Other than that, atmosphere was pleasant.
  • ok, here goes. i cant remember exactly what happened the the first time. something happened, and i was paid wrong or not paid at all. i really cant remember cause it was a long time ago.
    i asked the dealer about it and he flat ignored me. so i asked again. and the same thing. i was sitting at first base and i never touched the money. he finally acknowledged me when he wanted to deal the next hand. i told him that i wanted to talk to the pit boss. so the pit boss comes over and we go round and round. the damn dealer didnt even know what was going on. he wasnt sure what had happened. and they didnt believe me. so they wanted to check it out further. all of this for my $10 bet. they acted like i had a couple hundred out there. finally they came back and paid me correctly. but what pissed me off the most was they were acting like they were doing me a favor. when all they did was just pay me what they were suppose to. they were real arrogant and treated me with no respect.

    another time, i had 20 and the dealer had 18. the dealer takes my money like i lost. i was at 3rd base so he took my money and moved on down the line. it took me all of about 2 seconds to figure it out, cause it shocked me. so my reaction was a little slow. i said "how many do you have?" the dealer said "18" and i said "and how many do i have?" he looked and said "20". and of course i said "how do i lose on that?"
    well it took the pit boss about 10 minutes to finally be convinced by the dealer (while the cards are still on the table) what had happened. and then, this is the best part. the pit boss instructs the dealer to give me my $10 back. again, like they were doing me a big favor. and i said, bullshit $10. i get $20!! and the pit boss said in a real dumbass way, "oh yeah".

    and the final straw to convince me to never ever gamble there again.
    this time i told my wife, im going to give them one more chance. but of course after I had boycotted them for at least a year.
    i thought, maybe things have gotten better and i should give them another chance.
    this time, im sitting at 3rd bse. i am the only one at the table to bust. so the dealer takes my money and my cards. then he goes to flip his card. guess what, no hole card. he forgot to deal himself a hole card.

    so he gets the pit boss over. and she says that if anyone wants out the can pull their bet. and tells the dealer to just take the next card for his hole card. a couple of people play and a couple of people pull back their bets. and i ask, "what about me, i busted" and she (the pit boss) says "too bad for you". those were her exact words. oh god, i was pissed. and to be honest, i lost it. i didnt scream and yell or make a scene. but i was so pissed that i really dont know exactly what i said. but i know i was pissed.
    she finally, finally after a long time, she said, "just give him his $10 back". like she was doing me a favor. which maybe she was, but again she was very unprofessional and showed little respect for me.
    as soon as she did. i picked up my chips and went to the cashier and i have never gambled another dime in there.

    a friend of mine had some trouble in there one time too. but he's a real wildcard. so he could have caused his own trouble.
  • I could not agree with you both more. Hollywood is awful! The Shoe is wonderful--great comps, service, rules, etc. I play at the $50 table, always a minimum of fours a session. At the Shoe they treat me like a king. At Hollywood, they argue over a lousy $100 in room charges! Now I know it's not Vegas--it's Shreveport. Hell, even their tattoos aren't spelled correctly!! :lol:
  • I guess I better check out the Horseshoe. Hollywood is gettin' worse each message! Better than that, I'll be back in Lake Charles next week to do more damage. Considering the cash I've extracted on my previous three trips, I'm surprised they keep sending the room comps! Anybody else have any trip reports from Lake Charles?
  • What are the rules at Horseshoe? LSR? RSA? DAS? CSM's, or do they still have 6D shoe? Many 5$ tables?
  • i play the $5 & $10 tables. so i only know those rules.
    they have 6 deck shoes, you can double after splits,
    they stand on soft 17, surrender is allowed.
    im going over there this weekend, so i will shop around at all of the tables. and check it out.

    hopefully i can steadily increase my bankroll to move up to the $25 tables.
    usually if you're willing to play $25 min. you can find a double deck game.
    for sure if you want to play $50 min.

    i still need to improve my counting skills & my bankroll before i will feel comfortable at the $25 table.

    the Shoe is the best by far.
    i really dont worry too much about comps, but me and a buddy once played at hollywoods all night and they would not even give us a breakfast buffet comp.
    so we decide to pay for the breakfast and my buddy complained to the cashier girl and she said, "yeah, we are really tight with our comps".
  • I played at the Shoe this week. Surrender was not allowed! They must have changed rules since you were there. I was impressed with the facilities and service.
  • PJ,

    you're right about no surrender at the Shoe.

    its another casino over there, i cant remember which one. maybe harrahs or boomtown.

    i cant remember.


    btw, i got my brains beat in last weekend.

    luckily my wife did very well...... so she took care of me. :)
  • If you're like me, my wife covers my BJ losses with her slot wins. The bad thing is she won't share her winnings with me. The best thing I could do this week was to be up 30 units then give it all back in the last hour of play. I do have a question for you: I was playing heads up for a while at one table and winning pretty good. My red chips were stacking up nicely. I was not varying my bets other than parlaying due to a winning streak. The pit boss comes over, removes the cards from the discard tray and starts going through them like she is looking for something. (Dealer was dealing from a 6 deck shoe.) What was pit boss up to? I have read that they do this when suspecting card counters. Is this considered "heat"?
  • PJ,

    I'm not sure why the pit boss would have been looking at the cards.
    Maybe, to see if they had been marked (probably not).
    she might have thought that the dealer made a mistake on paying you when you lost. so she was looking back through the cards to see.

    I'm willing to bet it was this:
    She could have been just seeing if you would get nervous when she was looking through the cards. maybe to see if you were "up to something", like ocunting.


    she could have been bored. :)


    The wife and I went again yesterday. same results, i lost about half of my bankroll and my wife came away with about a 75% profit.
  • Bill,
    With her success, she will at least keep going, and hopefully take you along!

    I see your point about the dealer's attention to the discards. Since I currently am not a card counter, I don't get paranoid about some things happening in the pit. I have read lots of articles on counting. On my last trip I toyed with the A/10 front. The first three shoes were in the range to gain an advantage, however, with no great results, I quit trying. I'm wanting to refine my basic strategy by utilizing concepts such as A/10 and Magnificent 7. Don't know if I will ever take a leap for more advanced methods. I'm still fascinated with the game and my recent gains keep me going back.
  • I am not completely done with trying to count. but like i said, i lost and my wife won. she was using Walters progression. she had a lot more fun than i did.

    thanks to Walter for her winnings. i got a few bucks out of her and she bought me dinner.
  • PJ said:
    If you're like me, my wife covers my BJ losses with her slot wins. The bad thing is she won't share her winnings with me. The best thing I could do this week was to be up 30 units then give it all back in the last hour of play. I do have a question for you: I was playing heads up for a while at one table and winning pretty good. My red chips were stacking up nicely. I was not varying my bets other than parlaying due to a winning streak. The pit boss comes over, removes the cards from the discard tray and starts going through them like she is looking for something. (Dealer was dealing from a 6 deck shoe.) What was pit boss up to? I have read that they do this when suspecting card counters. Is this considered "heat"?


    1. I usually have to try at the blackjack tables to win back my wife's slot machine losses, though there was that royal flush in video poker she got a few months ago...

    2. When the pit boss looked through the discard tray, had you just parlayed your bet upwards? Maybe she was looking to see if the discards were heavy in low cards, coinciding with your increase in bet.
  • Yes, I was sytematically increasing my bets. I don't remember if there were more lower cards. This was the first time I ever noticed pit doing this. As Bill stated, during slow periods, they may just needed something to do.
  • Bug,
    My wife and I usually stay at Harrahs. I will probably hit the Isle some, too. I may drive tonight, play tomorrow. May be at Coushatta a while, however, never do well there. I really don't have a definate plan. I must be in Beaumont Wednesday afternoon on business.

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