• For my own curiosity, I wondered if we could take a poll to see the experience of posters on this board. More specifically, I was interested in knowing who, if anyone, actually plays blackjack for a living and on down the scale to the infrequent player such as myself.

    Obviously this is all self-reporting and prone to errors, but if anyone's game I'd like to get an idea of sorts. After a bit, I'll add up all the numbers and give the results (if anyone responds).

    So with that in mind, please reply one of the following numbers:
    6 - Earn 100% of my salary from BJ
    5 - Earn 100% of my salary from BJ and other means of gambling (stock market does not count)
    4 - Supplement my income with significant blackjack winnings (>25% of my income)
    3 - Regular player (approximately once a week)
    2 - Casual player (at least once a month)
    1 - Vacation player (when I can)

    To start things off, I'm a 1.
  • i'm about a 3.5
  • I weigh in around 3.25 on the FC scale.
  • 2.67 (rounded up from 2.666)

    :)
  • a 4.0 for umpteen years, now playing poker.
  • I dunno... lets say a 3.5 ... <10% and I was weekly... now monthly, but I started as a 1, then a 2 then a 3, and really the 4 part never came into play because I set my limits knowing A5 was/is nowhere near as good as hi/lo. But thats not to say I had a bad stretch, either. Sheeez it can get painful. But for a few years (3) I wound up being a 4 but for the rest of it, a rather good experience.
  • More like a 3.8 starting in late 70's in LV mostly. 2003 was more like a"4", other years... some were good, others were less than wonderful, typical SD history.
  • 2+ Living 3 months a year in Key West slowed winter play. Currently playing a Bud session.
  • I would rank at this time a 2.5 on the fc scale.Hopefully one day higher.
  • I generally play twice a week when not on a gaming vacation. I didn't see that number on the list
  • 2.5 winter months...a little more summer months
  • Count me as a 3.
  • The LVHCM = 5.

    Where's the 0 for Wattenberger?
  • .....and the <1.0 for Stainless Steel Rat (lol)..........Good Poll, FunkyFowl,...Congrats on the idea.<br />
    and most importantly.........MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!
  • Grifter said:
    .....and the <1.0 for Stainless Steel Rat (lol)..........Good Poll, FunkyFowl,...Congrats on the idea.<br />
    and most importantly.........MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!



    Since I am not a psychiatrist, I won't venture to guess what your problem is. But I've been a 2 for at least 5 years, although that dropped off a bit this last year since the MS coast has not been really worth the drive. I have generally played once or twice a month regularly in MS / LA, and then we usually spend a week+ in Vegas each Summer. I've never claimed to be a pro. I have claimed to be able to play the game well. Those that know me know that's simply a statement of fact.

    But, whatever floats your boat, carry on with the nonsense... if that's the way you prefer to stay occupied...
  • 3.5, rapidly closing in on 4.
  • LVHCM said:
    The LVHCM = 5.

    Where's the 0 for Wattenberger?


    Well then, I'm a -5 and proud of it. Merry Christmas to you too RC.
  • I think my numbers may be flawed a bit, but let's say twice a week is a 3.5. The idea really is to see how many 4+'s we have, and I see we have a lot of people that play regularly, but don't consider it as supplementing their income.
  • I'll keep this going for a bit -- hopefully we'll get some more posters.

    Dol Bil Tink - keep the dream alive, you'll get there soon enough.
  • I'm a 1 -- but have read and re-read Renzey's book, play nearly 100% perfect B.S. when I do play, and visit this forum often. Does that boost me up to maybe a 1.2?
  • Unfortunately no. 1 does not mean you are a novice to the game. Note that Fred did not rate himself the max, although if it were a skill rating, he would obviously be rated that. I play 100% BS and consider myself somewhere between novice and intermediate with card counting, and rated myself a 1 as well.
  • Guess I was a 4 once but my income from other sources has risen so blackjack is no longer even close to 25%,

    but my blackjack income has risen also but just at a much slower pace but by design. I have not increased my bet level in perhaps 7 years and instead of increasing my blackjack bankroll have taken wins and invested them in other areas.
    Blackjack books, being blackjack books, do not talk about doing this but a constantly rising bet level takes you eventually to a point where the number of games you can play for any amount of time seriously shrinks. So if you enjoy the game, want to keep many a house open to you and have reasons for not wanting constant travel, you reach a point where increasing your bet (in effect increasing your blackjack income) might be counter productive to your goal if you can not get the time in.

    ihate17
  • for 06' i would be considered a 4. not bad for my first year counting. i hope to duplicate it again this year, but family life and me burning out most my 'home games will make that difficult. good poll.
  • 18 responded to the poll -- not huge number, but interesting enough.

    To remind everyone, the possible responses were:
    6 - Earn 100% of my salary from BJ
    5 - Earn 100% of my salary from BJ and other means of gambling (stock market does not count)
    4 - Supplement my income with significant blackjack winnings (>25% of my income)
    3 - Regular player (approximately once a week)
    2 - Casual player (at least once a month)
    1 - Vacation player (when I can)

    No one earns 100% of their salary from blackjack, but we did have quite a few that at least supplement their salaries from blackjack to a considerable degree. A lot of people answered with decimal points. In those cases, I merely rounded the number to the nearest whole number for purposes of counting the responses (but not for counting the average).

    1 person is a professionl gambler -- earning 100% of their salary from blackjack and from other casino games. Of course, we don't know whether the person actually makes money or not, but the person tries at least. Another 8 people (again, rounded to the nearest whole number), consider blackjack to make up at least 25% of their salaries. That means 50% of those that answered the survey earn at lest 25% of their salary from BJ. Not a bad figure. I will probably safely assume that if there were errors in reporting that people erred on overstating their blackjack dependence, but even assuming this number is a little lower, its still fairly large (and more than I expected).

    Another 5 people play at least once a week. Thus, a whopping 78% of people that responded to the survey are at the once a week level or above.

    The remainder of people play once a month or less.

    The average response for the survey was a 3.028 -- pretty close to a 3 (of playing once a week or more).

    In all, it seems we have a fairly professional board, but with enough diversity to keep things interesting.

    Full results are below:

    Reported scores: (1, 3.5, 3.25, 2.67, 4, 3.5, 3.8, 2, 2.5, 3.5, 2.5, 3, 5, 2, 3.5, 1, 3.8, 4).

    Number of responses (rounded)
    # 1's: 2
    # 2's: 2
    # 3's: 5
    # 4's: 8
    # 5's: 1
    # 6's: 0

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