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Blackjack Dealer Stories
02-14-2009, 06:16 AM
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Blackjack Dealer Stories
While I am not (yet) a Blackjack Dealer in a real casino, I do deal at "Monte Carlo Night" type parties. The games run everything from total fun where we splash the table with bonus money to super-serious nights where prizes are on the line.

Let me tell you, the players run all types as well. I can usually tell within 3 hands someone's general level of skill. But sometimes a person goes beyond anyone's description of "beginner." Two examples follow.

First one--we are dealing in a private home at a Bar-Mitzvah. This is very unusual to be in a private home but it means we can do what we call a "fun night" meaning cut the players breaks and don't be casino-level serious. It is all beginners at the table, including the grandmother who clearly had never played before. Players are asking what to do on hands and I answer that "The Professor (Thorpe) says do this...." so I can blame it on him if they lose. We got to the point where the players were (I thought) understanding double-downs. But this old Jewish woman then looks at her cards, which were a decent hand like 18, looks at my 6 up card and says, "I want to double my bet but I don't want to take another card!" The table laughs and the one player who knows the game and I look at each other. I explained she couldn't do that. Even on a "fun night" you have to draw a line *somewhere.*

Second one--another "fun night" format. As always, mostly newbies at my table, but a few know the game. It is maybe two weeks before Christmas and I am feeling generous. I get a 6 as my up card and first-base has 11 showing. I ask if she wants to double.

"No, I don't even know what that means."

I explain and an experienced player tells her to double.

"No thanks"

So I pull the card from the shoe and look at it--a 10! She would have 21. I say, "Are you SURE you don't want to double?!"

"No thanks."

The experienced player looks at her and can't believe what he is seeing and tells her, "Take the double!"

"Well, OK"

21 and a win!

Now I know why why Steve Wynn could make his casinos so nice!
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02-14-2009, 12:42 PM
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RE: Blackjack Dealer Stories
Amateur blackjack night would be more suitable name than Monte Carlo Night! Big Grin
What's important that you had fun and a couple of good laughs. I don't like seeing nervous and rude people at the tables, they take all the fun out of gambling. You can really see all sorts of people there. That's why I never go alone to a Casino, but with friends, it's much more fun. And if you win some (or at least don't lose much) money, it's even better.

I would share some of my stories, but my writing/storytelling skills are really bad.
So, if you have some more stories, do share, because this was a very nice read.

"Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit." - R. E. Shay
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02-14-2009, 01:06 PM
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RE: Blackjack Dealer Stories
Never played live blackjack, but I've seen plenty of unexperienced poker players at the tables. Unexperienced players (fishes) = money for me. Wink . What is a Monte Carlo Night?
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02-15-2009, 12:12 AM
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RE: Blackjack Dealer Stories
(02-14-2009 12:42 PM)KillJoy Wrote:  I don't like seeing nervous and rude people at the tables, they take all the fun out of gambling. You can really see all sorts of people there. ... And if you win some (or at least don't lose much) money, it's even better.

My thoughts exactly.
Nice read. Smile
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02-19-2009, 04:49 AM
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RE: Blackjack Dealer Stories
(02-14-2009 01:06 PM)pokaMan Wrote:  Never played live blackjack, but I've seen plenty of unexperienced poker players at the tables. Unexperienced players (fishes) = money for me. Wink . What is a Monte Carlo Night?

"Monte Carlo Night" is name we use because "Cutlas Supreme Night" was already taken. THANKS FOLKS, I'M HERE ALL WEEK! TIP YOUR WAITSTAFF! SECOND SHOE AT 11!

Seriously, it is a night where people "pretend" gamble. BJ tables, craps, "skill" slot machines, sometimes Let It Ride, and Poker. Usually as a company party/picnic. More fun than just DJ/dancing.
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