I remember the first time I went into a Casino. It was in Deadwood, SD, I had been playing electronically since I was a teenager, and had basically gotten basic strategy down. I had been hopping around the tables and casinos in Deadwood for some time, I hit a losing streak at one table, and was down to my last five bucks, and lost that, I was pretty bummed out. This old guy was coloring up and tossed me $25 bucks before leaving.
I ended up leaving Deadwood with more than I came with!! I think that is one of the reasons I pursued blackjack further was because of that experience.