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Old December 4th, 2011, 01:29 PM
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If I just lost from the start of my trip till the end consistently, I wouldn't feel so bad. It seems like ever 3 day trip I take I do really good the first 2 days. I'm ahead several hundred dollars and I think, "Hey, I'm pretty good at this." Visions of being a career blackjack player come into head.

Then on the last day it seems like every dealer I play gets unbelievable hands over and and over. I end up losing all my profit. I usually stop at that point so it's not like I'm behind for the year. In fact I'm a little bit ahead. If you count all the free rooms and food I'm way ahead. But still, it really hurts to be ahead every trip and then lose most of it back on the last day.

The last day I played this time I played about 1 1/2 hours before I was dealt a 20 and then I pushed. I mean, that's a long time to not get a blackjack, but a 20.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 03:45 PM
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Is it possible that you became emboldened by your wins on the first two days and took more risks on the final day? If it happens on every trip it may be more than lucky dealers.

How negative were the counts not to be dealt a 20 for 100 plus hands?
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Old December 4th, 2011, 04:02 PM
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I doubt if it was 100 hands. Probably more like 50 or 60. Double deck and slow dealers most of the time. The count never got very negative. Other people at the table were getting plenty of 20s and blackjacks. I got so many 14s, I thought about betting it on the roulette wheel.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 04:57 PM
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All play is continuous, sessions are just artificial breaks.

You should know the variance possibilities, should not be shocked.

Perception of events can be wrong.

Are you playing consistently?

Fatigue & errors possible?

Betting beyond your "cry uncle" point? For this to bother you?
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Old December 4th, 2011, 05:07 PM
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If I just lost from the start of my trip till the end consistently, I wouldn't feel so bad. It seems like ever 3 day trip I take I do really good the first 2 days. I'm ahead several hundred dollars and I think, "Hey, I'm pretty good at this." Visions of being a career blackjack player come into head.

Then on the last day it seems like every dealer I play gets unbelievable hands over and and over. I end up losing all my profit. I usually stop at that point so it's not like I'm behind for the year. In fact I'm a little bit ahead. If you count all the free rooms and food I'm way ahead. But still, it really hurts to be ahead every trip and then lose most of it back on the last day.
Common and to be expected. You should have extended your stay.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 06:25 PM
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Common and to be expected. You should have extended your stay.
Play 2 days
Go home
Come back for 2 days
Repeat

Joking
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Old December 4th, 2011, 06:35 PM
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What I have found is that the longer I play, the more apt I am to make mistakes. But the OP was talking about separate days-- I've never had that problem. But on the same day, I usually begin with a nice win. After 4 hours, however, I tend to give a lot of it back owing, I think, to fatigue, impatience, overbetting, poor judgment, mistakes, etc. So what I do now is plan to play for about 4 hours, then catch a show, or dinner, or watch a ball game. By not hurrying my time in the casinos and by only playing when I am well rested, I find that I win much more overall. So it doesn't boil down to just hours, it boils down to quality hours. I know that is probably stating the obvious, but it took me a while to catch on to how I was sabotaging my own game. YMMV.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 09:05 AM
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I doubt if it was 100 hands. Probably more like 50 or 60. Double deck and slow dealers most of the time. The count never got very negative. Other people at the table were getting plenty of 20s and blackjacks. I got so many 14s, I thought about betting it on the roulette wheel.
Phatom , Im laughing not at you but with you . I think we can all relate to your story at one time. Better luck next time. Pogo
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Old December 5th, 2011, 12:45 PM
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Sounds like my last few extended trips to AC. Even or up the first couple of days, then lose it the last. As aslan mentioned, have thought to myself if fatigue and a lack of enthusiasm on the last day has something to do with it.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 03:14 PM
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Common and to be expected. You should have extended your stay.
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US goes through this, over and over. You have two choices - Get used to it, or quit playing BJ forever.

I've been playing BJ for a living for 30 years, and I STILL haven't completely gotten used to it.

BTW; it gets much worse than THIS - the only thing worse than losing is losing and out of action, due to getting barred or other reasons.
 

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