Crazy Night
  • Hadn't been to the casino in a while. Sat down at third base. Only one other guy at the table seemed to have any concept of BS, but that's never bothered me. The guy next to me seemed to have less of a clue than usual. He was all over the board (Trust me, he wasn't counting), hitting 13 vs. 16 but staying on 14 vs. 10, etc. etc.
    Then about a half-hour into my session, bang, he splits the tens vs. Dealer 6
    The whole table kind of chuckled, but it worked out for him, he won both hands.
    Well, now he's drunk with excitment -- "You have to maximize your potential winnings" he brashly announced to the table.
    So before long he was so proud of himself he was splitting 10s whenever they came up, even against 10. (He did not like my suggestion of splitting his 7s vs. a dealer 7) At first, he was having uncanny luck splitting his 10s (once, with dealer showing 9, he drew another 10 and a ace, dealer drew 10).
    His plays screwed me a couple of times, but it was all friendly. He even had another guy trying it a couple of times. A few people begged me to talk him out of it, but I just told them if I was putting up half his bet, I'd offer some input, but it being 100 percent his bet, he could do what he wan ted.
    But here's the kicker. With me playing to the immediate left of this lunatic, and getting the leftovers when he was through supposedly mangling the deck, i had one of my best nights in a long while.
    Took a $100 stake and turned it into $600 in about three hours.
    It was living testimony to my usual 1/1.5/2/2.5 progression. I'd have minor losing streaks and ride them out with the minimum $10 bets, then always seemed to catch the hands I needed when the bets got raised.
    It doesn't always work out so well, of course, but the bottom line is that this all happened while I was next to the nuttiest player I've seen in a long while. I've always been solidly in the camp that bad plays at the table can help you as easy as they hurt you. Now I've got a war story.
  • SH,
    I had a similiar experience a few months ago when I sat down at a table with what turned out to be a bachelor party. These boys were partying hard and having a great time, not caring if they won or lost.
    Normally I would have left a table with players this bad, but before I realized how badly they were playing I was winning consistently. This went on for about 2 hours and I ended up not only winning $750.00 but also had great time joking with the group. As I was the "old" man at the table, they jokingly had me explaining to the groom to be the perils of marriage life.
    A great time was had by all, including the dealer.
    I have played at tables filled with good BS players and lost consistently. At times it all comes down to the way the cards fall and very little else.
  • SH, good job on the win. I'd appreciate some of your feedback on my "Trip Report" post, especially since we play the same progression and had questions focused on bettors like yourself.
  • bug. I posted on your message. Woulfe, I guess that's what it's all about. Even if I hadn't had a really good night, I would have still left with a good experience because the table was having fun. That's basically what I'm there for.

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