A night of blackjack at the Alamo Travel Center
For quite a bit of time now, I have been fixing to have me a go at a game of blackjack. I’m not the best gambler around but I will admit to the fetish of having a firm hold on my game .Those who know a little about this hobby have definitely heard that Vegas has some of the best casinos, and I was really itching to find out if this ‘myth’ was right on the money or not.
Of course, a lot of people will tell you all about Vegas, but they will not refer you to any good houses or provide any good advice, just random epithets about a story they heard about friends that hit it big. My first step therefore was to look for the right source of information on this type of gaming because I did not want to be embarrassed at the tables.
My search for the best odds at blackjack took me to the internet, and pretty much of what I read was more than useless. In the end, I did stumble upon a credible site, Japan-101カジノ必勝法 and the information I found there was gold dust in every sense of the way. The strategies I read in there were real, practical, and I could just see myself walking out of the house of my choice with a massive smile. Armed with this information, I set about looking for some place to try out my new-found skills.
Finding me a casino
From a contact of mine down in Vegas, I quickly learnt that not all houses I could walk into had what I needed. They said that I would have a pretty good chance at the tables if I went to the Alamo Travel Center. This place can be found near another of its kind, the Silverton casino on the Blue Diamond Road.
I also managed to find a back up option, in this case the El Cortez.
The two casinos were similar in strategy, and I had a real dilemma deciding where to put my money that night. In both, you are always allowed to hit an extremely soft 17 and double down on any two cards pulled out first. You can also split any pair in order to enhance your chances of beating the house.
And in both of these casinos, the minimum bet is $5,which suited me just fine. Except that I had to choose a place.
I went with the Alamo Travel Center, where my strategies from Japan-101 were to go on test…
Here is what I tried:
· Learning the math
At the Alamo, I quickly realized that all I had been told about winning at blackjack was a lie . It is never about being in luck, it’s all about having the right mathematical approach. Counting cards is all about logic, and not some lucky hand or superstitious belief system. I learned that if I got things right from the word go, I could start off with my $5 and see where that took me, and I did precisely that.
· Using elementary strategies
I had a few aces up my sleeve, and I knew that things would work if I made the right calls at the right moments. I could split 9,9 against a dealer’s 5, or double down on a A7 if the house was pushing the game sideways or taking things to me. At some point, I decided to deal a 7,9 when the dealer came up with a 10 and that proved to be a masterstroke, setting me on why way to winning a goodly sum of money. There are right ways to play every hand, and only cold mathematical thrift is required. Or so I gathered.
· Coming to terms with the advantage of the house…and mine too
The folks over at Japan-101 had let me know by way of very straightforward articles and clips that the house knows that it starts on top because at the beginning of my game, I deal without knowing what their hole card is. Now, that is a bummer, but see, I was also made aware of my advantage. I raised or lowered the amount I bet on each hand as I wanted, and they couldn’t do a damn thing after they hit up to 17 even if they were losing all over the map.
My blackjack tryst at the Alamo Travel Center ended with a nice bundle on my end of the table, a sum somewhere north of $300.