Had a little luck
I'm very happy with myself right now. I had some luck at the casino and I am ready to take on the poker room.
I just found out that my casino started offering $100 max buy in NL games (blinds $1 / $2) but I can't yet afford to go, unless I cash out almost all of my online money. Now for another part of the story.
So my wife and I are needing something to do. We decide to watch a movie and watch Owning Mahowny. It's about a gambling addict who embezzels millions from his work and loses it all to gambling. So I turned to my wife and said, "Hmmm, how about we go to the casinos?" SHe agreed and we took off.
We didn't have too much to waste so we only took $40 ($20 each) and went to the nickel slots. I doubled my $20 easily and took my winnings ($40) to the blackjack table. I turned my $40 into $100 and was very pleased with myself. I thought about going straight to the NL HE table, but decided against it. I took my $100 home and sat on it.
But I didn't sit for too long, the next day (Mon) I got bored and took my $100 back to the casino. This time a different casino, but played BJ again. I turned my $100 into $200. WOOO HOOO! All from my original $20. So this Thurs I am going to get in on the $100 NL HE table. I hear it's really crazywith a lot of big raises, but I'll have to see for myself.
As for blackjack, I have a opinion to ask of you. I have a hard 12. The dealer shows a 6 (or 5 or 4) I ran across this a couple of time today and yesterday. I chose to double down. Why double down on a hard 12?
2 things to consider. I have a better chance of hitting any other card than a 10. and the dealer has a good chance to bust. So, by doubling down, I am betting that I won't get a 10 (I am right more than 50% of the time) and I am betting that the dealer will bust (That's what you are betting for when the dealer has a 4-6 anyway) With these 2 things in mind, I feel my doubling down is just a step toward putting more money in the pot when I feel the dealer will bust. Basically increasing what I will win, when I win.
I asked a couple of friends about this strategy. Both said I was crazy and I should stay with a hard 12. I think my strategy is sound. Any other opinions?
But as for the weekend, I as very happy. I made some good cash at the casinos expense, and I am finally going to play casino NL HE.