Back from Vegas
  • We got back from Vegas yesterday with mixed results. Let me say first off the place is incredible, this was my first time there and I couldn't believe the craziness of this place. And the fine young women everywhere sure made it difficult to keep my mind to the task at hand.

    Anyway we got in late the first night and after settling in at our hotel, we went to the Hilton to play. It wasn't as busy as I expected but the rules and the tables set up were great. Its the first time I've ever been allowed to split aces. We did real good there,up about $6000, but I started to catch what I think was heat so I left, and 20 minutes later so did my teamates.
    The next day we hit the MGM with no real success. The games were good, it was just that nothing really landed our way. It wasn't terrible but we lost about $500 in about 6 hours of play. That night we hit the bellagio and got creamed. Everything seemed in order, good rules, they keep the bottom card of the shoe exposed, tables were busy but not too packed. Well regardless what a nightmare. I got called in to the best shoe of the night, a running count of 18 with 2 1/2 decks remaining, I lay out a $300 bet and get a pair of 7's against a dealers 5. I'm lovin it, I end up splitting 5 times with a double on one hand for a total of $1800. My highest total is eighteen, dealer flips over a 10 than a 4 to beat everyone of my hands. It gets worse. Now with all the garbage cards I pull the count goes up even more. I lay out $400 and get two eights against a dealer 7. I split them and get a 17 and an 18. Dealer flips over a four and a 10 for 21. I just lost $2600 on 2 hands. Played one more hand in that shoe fo $400 and lost that too. Overall that night we lost about $7500. To put our trip this far at -$2000. The next day we hit the MGM again and won back $1000. That night went back to the bellagio and we lost back that $1000 plus another $500 to put us in the hole $2500. The next day we hit Ceasers and it was mobbed. I was only able to get called in about once an hour but it was worth it as we made about $4000 in 6 hours. Nothing incredible happened just consistant winning of the $200 to $400 bets. For a goof we stopped by the Venetian and played there dd pitch game. It was $100 limits so I said I would just buy in for $1000 and stay until it was gone. An hour later I leave with $6000. Right then we decided work was done and we would just party our last night. So we went to the Hard Rock and partied like rockstars with lots of booze and fine women, and came home hung over but happy.

    Minus our expense money we still came home with a $5500 profit. It does bother me though that the swings in our winning and losing really depended on luck, good and bad. At the bellagio we did everything right and got killed. At the venetian I did nothing special, just got lucky winning hands even with bad counts, but at $100 a hand that can add up. Anyway that was my trip, I need to rest up for a few days, and than start hittin em again.
  • All BJ tables with the exception of $100 min table in high roller room hit soft 17. I don't consider this a favorable game.
  • At the time we went to Vegas we had a $42,000 bankroll. At the Hilton we were playing $100 tables. So yes we were playing a game with good rules. As a matter of fact its only a house advantage of .26%. Not gonna find much better in 6 deck game there Jim. In the Bellagio we played $25 dollar tables for call in purposes so we could have mid shoe entry, and they stand on soft 17. MGM same thing. Ceasers hit on soft 17, but with the call in game we played all of our multi unit bets at an advantage. And the dd game at the Venetian had a house advantage of .19%. I'd say we played pretty smart, and we got a $5500 dollar profit that says so too.
  • Booker said:
    At the time we went to Vegas we had a $42,000 bankroll. At the Hilton we were playing $100 tables. So yes we were playing a game with good rules. As a matter of fact its only a house advantage of .26%. Not gonna find much better in 6 deck game there Jim. In the Bellagio we played $25 dollar tables for call in purposes so we could have mid shoe entry, and they stand on soft 17. MGM same thing. Ceasers hit on soft 17, but with the call in game we played all of our multi unit bets at an advantage. And the dd game at the Venetian had a house advantage of .19%. I'd say we played pretty smart, and we got a $5500 dollar profit that says so too.


    Out of curiosity,how many team members made the trip and what were your teams expenses?
    Also,if I'm reading your post correctly,you won $5000 playing a DD game on a goof. Does that mean you won $500 on all your other shoe games,after expenses?
  • Booker, I agree the LV Hilton deals a good 6D game in the H/L room. Outside the High Limit Room I don't consider the 6D games favorable. I stayed there the last visit, but limited my play and met two new hosts at two other Hotels for future visits. For the six nights I stayed their in August they comp'd a heavy tab considering my guest and I ate all our meals in the room. I never used to stay at the Hilton but recently received a call from a Host from another hotel that changed casinos.

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