Local Casinos
  • I'm brand new to 21 but played a few casinos in Lake Tahoe and Reno last week and had a good time. I probably broke even but learned some strategy and was entertained for many hours. I live in central Florida and some friends play slots in Indian casinos in Tampa and Immokalee, near Fort Meyers. Do these casinos play by the same rules and such? Is there a down side to playing these local casinos?
  • Neither casino offers decent blackjack... check out americancasinoguide.com for the latest info on both casinos. BTW, I also like the Lake Tahoe area. Best of luck!
    Walter
  • Walter, Thank you for your response and website. I may try a Victory Cruise instead of one of the casinos mentioned. Curious that the casinos don't play like Vegas or Atlantic city. It would seem a short sighted strategy. Pardon my ignorance but, if you don't count cards (still learning to count to 21 quickly, LOL), why would a continuous shuffling machine make much difference? The casino reviews seem to suggest unlikely wins by the BJ dealers which implies improprieties. Surely there's some sort of oversight?!
  • Card counting is based upon how many high or low cards are remaining in a deck or shoe. Since with CSM's the deck is always at a starting point, there's no way to establish an unusual advantage for the player (which would be a disproportunate number of high cards remaining to be dealt.)
    As far as the reviews go, players tend to remember losing streaks more than the normal distribution of wins and loses...
    The rules are poor for players because of a lack of competition -- in general, the more casinos, the more favorable the rules become.
    Hope this helps!
    Walter
  • Walter, Thanks again. I have a friend who enjoys blackjack too and we're discussing trying the Victory Cruise and maybe even the casinos I mentioned. We'll try to write up reviews for americancasinoguide.com. I would, of course, have to write them from a rookie's perspective. Fun to have plans.
  • Wow, I tried to post 3 reviews from a recent Lake Tahoe trip on americancasinoguide.com and then register (I know, that was out of order) and they wouldn't let me register as they thought I was a "spammer." Amusing - so much for using that website. There seems to be a lack of trust on gambling sites. The other forums I post to are archery and fly fishing sites. These people must be more trustworthy, LOL.
  • I just recieved a polite update from americancasinoguide.com saying they would look into the issue. I apologize for my angst.
  • I wrote a few reviews of the casinos I visited recently in Nevada. If more of us would do the same, it would be easier picking out a destination.
  • "Money managment," goals, stop losses, and progressions DO NOT WORK. This is according to ALL experts, not many. If you want to come out ahead, you must use a legitimate system. Having said that, if you will only play a couple times a year, it may not be worth the effort.
  • bella9091 said:
    "Money managment," goals, stop losses, and progressions DO NOT WORK. This is according to ALL experts, not many. If you want to come out ahead, you must use a legitimate system. Having said that, if you will only play a couple times a year, it may not be worth the effort.

    Bella,
    Question for you: Using a "legimate system" as in card counting, how many hands would you have to play to be assured that you would "come out ahead"?
  • Pay attention. He just copied a post from a year ago to prepare for SPAM posts. This is a common practice among spammers.
  • QFIT said:
    Pay attention. He just copied a post from a year ago to prepare for SPAM posts. This is a common practice among spammers.

    Interesting... I thought the post sounded familiar. Thanks.
  • any opinions on Minnesota casinos?
  • Any opinions on the Pot 'o Gold, Black Gold video game? I'll paste the description that I found at wizardofvegas.com's msg bd:
    "It is made by Pot O Gold and named Black Gold 21. The rules are single deck, shuffle after every hand, dealer stands on soft 17 and peeks for BJ, BJ pays 3:2, double on 9 10 11, no surrender, split to 2 hands only, no double downs or BJ after the split but you can hit split aces, and a 6 card charlie to boot. I don't know if this is normal for charlie rules but the dealer also stops after drawing 6 cards; so if you stand on 16 and the dealer draws 6 cards to 15 then you win. The bet spread is fairly narrow at $2 up to $50 in $2 increments, so the poor schmuck betting a martingale would quickly run into the maximum bet. There is a double-up high-low card feature, but this seems like a waste of time to me as the odds are 50-50 and using it would only exaggerate wins or losses depending on how lucky you got."

    I've been doing very well on this game for the past two or three years. I've only returned home in the negative once in 10-12 trips.
  • I probably should have started another thread, sorry.

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