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    "Casino Night" Events

    Hi all,

    The group I work with at work is having a end-of-year event, and one aspect is a "casino night". I believe it will consist of fake chips and you can redeem them for some sort of prize, or buy entries into a raffle. I think everyone is given say, $1000 in chips, and there will be various games available to play.

    I'm not sure what the rules on blackjack will be, but assuming they aren't terrible (Dealer wins ties, 22 is a push, etc), am I correct in assuming that BJ would be the best way to win any sort of prize? Obviously someone might get lucky and put $1000 on a number in roulette and put all their raffle entries into a single prize, but can anyone think of any other ways to work this? I'm not sure if the "dealers" for this are experienced or not either. If not, maybe I can find a dealer who flashes their holecard or something.

    If the BJ is terrible, anyone have an idea on what the next best thing might be?

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    These "casino night" events can be profitable depending on the rules. I mopped up a while back at one where you could bid on donated items with the chips you won playing casino games. The blackjack dealers were volunteers who didn't know anything, flashing like a drunk coed on spring break. The games were all single deck games 3:2, DOA, DAS, RSA, and draw more than I card to split aces. I bought 250 worth of chips for $25 and went to work. One of the dealers dealt nearly all of the cards so I played there until that table became too crowded, then found a table with a flashing dealer. I stayed at that table the rest of the night flat betting the table limit of 200 until the casino night ended. I had won over 11,000 chips and bid on and got 5 meals at really nice restaurants, green fees at a golf course, a Montblanc pen, and $150 worth of gift cards. Not bad for a $25 investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mofungoo View Post
    These "casino night" events can be profitable depending on the rules. I mopped up a while back at one where you could bid on donated items with the chips you won playing casino games. The blackjack dealers were volunteers who didn't know anything, flashing like a drunk coed on spring break. The games were all single deck games 3:2, DOA, DAS, RSA, and draw more than I card to split aces. I bought 250 worth of chips for $25 and went to work. One of the dealers dealt nearly all of the cards so I played there until that table became too crowded, then found a table with a flashing dealer. I stayed at that table the rest of the night flat betting the table limit of 200 until the casino night ended. I had won over 11,000 chips and bid on and got 5 meals at really nice restaurants, green fees at a golf course, a Montblanc pen, and $150 worth of gift cards. Not bad for a $25 investment.

    That's what I'm hoping this event will be like, and not actually just a "poker night".

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    BJ might not be a good option. In these events, the top prizes will require much higher scores than you can ever accomplish in BJ. You will have to treat it as a loss rebate thing. So, play high variance like roulette numbers.

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    One month ago, I was on vacation in a Mediterranean hotel and attended such a Casino night. Four tables with different games: Five Card Poker, Texas Hold'Em, Roulette and Blackjack. Everyone got exactly 394 "dollars" in different denom chips (white 1, red 5, green 25, blue 50, black 100), prizes for highest chip counts at the end, duration about 4 hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    Inexperienced young female dealer from hotel staff at Blackjack table. Unfortunately she shuffled the Single Deck after every round like a CSM, and held the deck very low above table so I couldn't glance at holecard from my first base seat, thus I could (once again, typical of European blackjack desert) neither count nor holecard. Also, I could play only about 3 hours, starting from 11 p.m., since the bj table was overcrowded with kids etc. at 10 p.m.

    Most of the other bj players quickly lost their entire stake and went bankrupt. I played perfect BS, flat-betting 25 a hand, and saw many ploppy errors from other players (hitting not doubling down on 11 etc.). The dealer often asked me for assistance about the rules :-) since she saw I knew them better, e.g. DAS. She knew no Surrender rule as well. At least she was nice regarding natural payoffs, because there were only 1 dollar chips and no half dollar or pink chips (apart from me ;-) So everytime I had an untied natural on my 25 bet, she paid me 38 rather than 37.50 dollars, which is a 1.52:1 rather than 1.5:1 payout.

    At the end of the casino night, there was only me and two other bj players left. One was a hotel guy who had won many chips at Texas Hold'Em, the other was a ploppy. But of course the ploppy was lucky when he went all-in and won his last hand at 2 a.m. I didn't go all-in slnce I wanted to practice "cash game" (realistic casino play), no tournament mode where the strategy is different.

    In the end, I had a few bad hands and lost doubles, this way losing 94 "dollars", so only 300 left out of 394, ranging in the mid-field and getting some small prize (coupon for rebate on massage or wellness session). First prize was a bottle of champaign and maybe another rebate coupon. Of course it would have been better to not play at all, ending up with the same 394 in chips that I started with...
    Last edited by PinkChip; 11-14-2019 at 07:48 PM.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone.

    Turns out there were no prizes at all.

    The BJ actually paid 2:1, and no insurance was offered. Could split as many times as you wanted, and she dealt down to about 4 cards left out of 2 decks. And the decks were 2 different decks, one red and one blue.

    But since there were no prizes, I only played a few rounds, because she was super cute. Should have gotten her number, oh well. Very inexperienced, was hitting on soft 18, and thought a soft hand busted!

    But I spent most of the night APing my career with management, making sure I have a spot in a year for my next project haha.

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    Always can find another job. I would take the girl any day.

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    I think my dealer forgot to offer insurance but I forgot, too, concentrating on my attempts to finally count or hole card under casino-like conditions, and doing conversation with her and the other players in two different languages, because we all came from different countries but English was the common denominator, as usual in Europe. Then I gave up and just played BS.

    She was also a super cute blonde, about 20 maybe, and inexperienced regarding the rules. She had several printed color photos illustrating to novice players some situations for hit/stand, double, split (no surrender), and the card values. One time I also hit Soft 18, another time I insisted on my natural payout because she would have forgotten and paid 1:1 only. From that time on, she was very generous regarding natural payouts. Maybe I could even have claimed that 2:1 is common and Early Surrender allowed, or create my own rules like "player pushes on bust" ;-)
    Last edited by PinkChip; 11-15-2019 at 04:19 AM.

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