Quickie Trip Report
  • Wife and I hit Caesar's in Indiana today for an eventful five hours of blackjack playing. I started with a bankroll of $1000, and played two hands of Walter's progression of 10-15-20-25, using quit points as well. In fact, one of the main reasons I play two hands frequently is so that I do not have to leave the table when I take four losses in a row, most usually that only happens with one of the hands, not both (thankfully!).

    Was up and down, kinda give and take for the first couple of hours, before hitting a very nice win streak and getting up about $300. At that point, I decided to play with the winnings only (mentally anyway), and up my progression to 20-30-40-50. A three and a half to four hours in I found myself up around $500 total for the day, with only about an hour remaining until we had to head back home.

    I decided to push my luck and move over to the $25 table (which was empty at the time) for some two hand against the dealer action using a 30-45-60-75 progression. Got up quick another $200 or so and made a wonderfully stupid decision, moving my progression to 50-75-100-125. My thought process was based alot on time remaining for my session, which is a poor reason to up a bet.
    I went on a major losing streak, during which I am sure I skipped a couple of stopping points. I lost all my winning along with another $300 out of pocket. I took a quick breather, regrouped and bought in with my last $400 allocated for the session, and continued at the 50-75-100-125 level and went on quite a tear. My wife came to the table mid-shoe to inform me it was time to go, but I did not leave until I was confident the streak was over. I turned the $400 final buy in into almost $2,000 in less than one shoe!!! That put me up over $900 for the day and quite thankful.

    Overall an exciting day, but I obviously made a couple of major mistakes along the way. I am very lucky I did not lose everything with the lack of discipline I showed.

    Better to be lucky than good, I guess

    See ya,
    Les
  • LesJ said:
    but I did not leave until I was confident the streak was over.

    Which quit point convinced you that the streak was finally over?

    I had a quick session at Harrah’s in New Orleans last week, and caught a pair of 3's against the dealers 4 showing. I split those and drew a 6 and another 3 split those and drew an 8 and Guess what, another 3. I ended up with four hands doubling on 3 of them, none of which totaled more than 17. The dealer turned his hole card and flipped over a 7, then.... Well, I spent the rest of the evening talking myself out of jumping into the Mighty Mississippi River and feeding myself to the alligators. :roll: I took a 15.00 bet and ended up wagering 100.00 and he dealt himself a Jack at the end. As luck goes though, I went from New Orleans to Miami last Wednesday and got there just in time to sweat out Hurricane Charley as it narrowly missed us. Seems I get in more trouble by accident than most people do on purpose. :shock: :lol:
  • By the way, I'll be outlining this strategy in my new book as well, if Warner Bros. doesn't pick up the movie rights before I get it published.
  • From the poll, you know I was playin yesterday. Progressions took a hit, losing $300 right off the bat in the first 2 sessions. Found a third table and got $200 back. Progressions -$100.

    Ace-Five a nice game at shoe. Up 4 units ($100) at mid shoe, and left covering the progression loss. Next play was was last, and A5 got to +4 mid shoe. I got lucky at +4 and caught a $50 BJ, on the next hand both sides of a $100 split 9's... both 9's drew an Ace against a dealer 8. That was enuff for me. The Aces fell and I got'em for good $$$. Score was still +1 but those wins were nice enough. Considering the day's swing, I felt lucky to be ahead. Leaving $400 ahead after being $300 in the hole...
  • What the hell, I'll throw mine in. Using Alex's system on a very volatile table, I won $200 in four hours after tipping the dealer and buying beer.

    Actually, it was a 20-30-40-50 progression, not Alex's system, but it's still nice to win for a change. Only $9000 more to go until I'm even for the year.
  • very nice. congrats.
  • <<<Which quit point convinced you that the streak was finally over>>>

    Two quit points signalled that I needed to leave, both were very unscientific!
    First, more money was leaving my bankroll than coming in. I had finished a nice streak on my right-most hand, and had went back and forth a couple of times. . win, lose, win, lose. My other hand was win, win, lose, but both hands were back to the min. bet amount of $50.

    Second, and most importantly maybe, my wife was standing over me asking me repeatedly what time it was!! We were actually one minute late picking up our daughter the way it was. . it really was time to go and I was up almost a grand somehow. I figured considering the circumstances, I'd be better off cashing out and thanking my lucky stars for a great streak to end the day!

    Was Tuesday official "Go the the Casino Day," or what? It sounds like almost everyone here made a trip.

    Good Luck to all,

    Les
  • LesJ said:
    <<<<br />What Tuesday official "Go the the Casino Day," or what? It sounds like almost everyone here made a trip.




    Funny you say that. For a while there, Tuesday was my day to go.
  • Big Slick said:
    What the hell, I'll throw mine in. Using Alex's system on a very volatile table, I won $200 in four hours after tipping the dealer and buying beer.

    Actually, it was a 20-30-40-50 progression, not Alex's system, but it's still nice to win for a change. Only $9000 more to go until I'm even for the year.


    lol
    watch out..pretty soon he might say that progression startgy was actually his & that he invented it :)
  • LesJ Wrote:

    .....I hit Caesar's in Indiana today for an eventful five hours of blackjack playing.....


    Hi LesJ:

    Congrats on your nice win. 8) Exactly where is Caesars in Indiana?

    Regards,

    Win1 :wink:
  • <<<Exactly where is Caesars in Indiana?>>>

    It is pretty much right across the river from Louisville, Kentucky, going thru a town called "New Albany" Indiana. At one time it was the largest riverboat Casino in the US, but I do not know if that claim is still valid.
    Good Luck,
    Les
  • Congrats, Les, on your winning session, but shame on you for going "on tilt" when you started losing at the higher minimum bet levels. I think the smart thing to do is "ramp down" the initial bet when 50% of your winnings at the higher level have gone back into the dealer's box. I know it's fun to be betting at the higher levels, and backing down is psychologically unrewarding, but its the best way to go in the long run.
    Speaking of runs, I used my system on a four-hour cruise last week. With only a $500 bank, I started at the $10 level with an initial buy-in of $300. To make a long story short, I began winning immediately, eventually ramped up the progression to a $50 initial bet, the hit a WONDERFUL shoe, resulting in a $5,200 win for the evening. I normally don't talk about my winnings, but this session was too good to not brag about!
    Cheers!
    Walt
  • Walter, how many decks being used? Table rules? I play on a ship that only has 8-deck shoes and 5-deck csm's.
  • Walter - Congrats on a Very nice win. Some people think if you say you won, you are braging and if you say you lost, you are whining. But around here in blue collar, red necked country, we figure a rooster ain't worth much if he can't crow some..... :wink:
  • PJ: 6 decks, ShuffleMaster, 70% pen. I'll never play CSM's.
  • Walter Thomason said:
    PJ: 6 decks, ShuffleMaster, 70% pen. I'll never play CSM's.

    What's the difference Walter? You are not counting anyway. You just hope to get winning streaks on your way.

    Ha! Ha! Ha! .., "Never play CSM's .." :roll:
  • "PJ: 6 decks, ShuffleMaster, 70% pen. I'll never play CSM's."

    I been doing sims, and have decided that a better name for them is "Continous Smackdown Machine". Still running -5 to -6% for progression sims. Shoe game can get into positive territory. So far +1.5 to 2% heads-up. Add 2 rarely-split, no-double players (re: "Average" players in CVBJ) and one can get to +5% with tweaks to basic.

    CVBJ owners, PM for details.
  • While playing last month I had a rare opportuninty to see the inside of one of those forbidden contraptions. It had jammed and the floor person opened the front panel to expose the interior. I was surprised to see several layered compartments, each containing 10 or 12 cards. The CSM seems to work differently than I had imagined. It appears that once the dealer places discards into the open top, they are grouped into one of the layers instead of being randomly re-shuffled into the full four or five decks. If this is correct, you may be able to track a determined group of cards as they come out. If any of you experts have knowledge of how they actually work, let me know if I'm anywhere close on this.
  • Someone should buy a CSM and reverse-engineer it. Or at least figure out how it works :) .


    ricardoest

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