For another, David says the gentleman bet only $10 or $15, far less than a back counter would put up.
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The new player was promptly dealt two 10s, says David, who asks that his last name not be published because he works in finance and people might misconstrue where his gambling money comes from.
Statewide slot payout rate since July 1: 89.94 percent; for every $100 bet, machines return an average of $89.94
TribLive commenting policy. They are either approved or deleted. For one, a counter who splits 10s would not have hit again after drawing a small card. He then hit each at least twice, getting low cards each time.
In the long run, “bad” plays by others don’t affect the overall outcome of someone who follows basic strategy. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. They go on ad nauseam.
Rivers: 89.69 percent payout; weekly slot revenue $4.62 million, up from $4.35 million last year
“This is like the World Series of sports gambling,” Justin Green, 30, one of the four friends who won, told the Associated Press.
An email from David refers to the new player as a “gentleman” but notes parenthetically that the designation is “debatable” based on what happened next.
The other players, including David, lost their hands.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don’t want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
David raises a lot of questions, including one that most people would pose with considerably less restraint: “Would it have been prudent to advise him that his decision is the incorrect one and resulted negatively for the rest of us?”
Lady Luck Nemacolin: 90.21 percent payout; weekly revenue $522,399, up from $226,753
To the horror of David and others at the table, the new player split his 10s. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
Many players make an art form of reconstructing a hand after the deal. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. Another man had been playing two hands, and the onlooker persuaded him to give up the extra spot.
When I read David’s email, I thought the gentleman might have been a card counter who had been tracking the deck while not playing, a technique known as back-counting. The entry fee is $1,500; 1,403 teams and individuals took part. You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
Splitting face cards is almost always a horrible play, and anyone who does it without card-counting will lose money in the long run. Such players wait until the count is high — indicating a preponderance of face cards and Aces — before playing a hand. A few things we won’t tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. If you would have hit or stood, then he would have gotten this card and the dealer would have gotten that card. Perhaps I’m simply being a sore loser — can you blame me? — but how can anyone not be perturbed by something like that?”
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. It’s natural to fixate on the hands we lost because of someone else’s decision; instead, play your cards according to basic strategy and make a mental note of the times other people’s “bad” plays benefit you.
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I’ve been criticized roundly for making common basic-strategy plays, such as hitting my 12 against a dealer’s 3 or doubling my Ace-7 when the dealer had a 4 up. Just remember that you might sit down with someone worse.
The gentleman was putting up his own money, and he’s entitled to play however he wants, even if it’s stupid.
Everyone would have won if the new player had stood, David says.
“I wish that was the case,” he says. Don’t include URLs to Web sites.
We moderate comments. “At least I could understand that (play).”
While getting dealt two 10s on the first hand suggests the remaining deck might have been rich in face cards, several factors suggest the gentleman was not a counter. It’s no fun to be on the receiving end of criticism from strangers, regardless of whether they know what they’re talking about.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
High and low payout rates: 90.69 percent at Parx in Philadelphia; 89.16 percent at Penn National near Harrisburg
That’s a sure way to drain the fun out of a game.
If you find yourself at a table with someone who saps all the fun from your game because he doesn’t play the “right” way — or maybe he smokes all the time or she has on too much perfume — the best thing to do is leave.
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Statewide slot players’ loss for week ended Jan. He was having a good time playing blackjack at a $10 table when an onlooker talked his way into a seat. He can be reached at 412-320-7838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
David’s email continues: “My question is, should the gentleman in question not stand with his 10s, or was he justified in splitting them up for a possible higher payout, had he won both his splits? My thought is that he was greedy, and his decision cost the rest of us. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
Meadows: 89.98 percent; weekly revenue $3.58 million, up from $2.69 million
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. The winning team had a record of 64-20-1 and picked up the largest prize in the contest’s 11-year history.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. Conceivably, the player who gave up his spot might have been a partner who was saving a seat for the gentleman when the count skyrocketed.
Take a break, walk around the casino, find another table. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. But others at the table have no right to critique someone’s play unless he specifically asks their advice.
Presque Isle: 89.63 percent; weekly revenue $1.74 million, up from $1.53 million
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David was at his wit’s end. To avoid distracting other readers, we won’t publish comments that suggest a correction. Bush: “Wouldn’t be prudent.”
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David, who says he follows basic strategy, briefly considered whether the gentleman was a counter who knew what he was doing.
The answer, in the words of Dana Carvey imitating President George H.W