Spent a couple of hours there last night and was surprised how pen seems to be deterioating. It seems pretty standard to cut 2 decks off and even more with 1 particular dealer. Last year was able to get 75%- 80% at times. Does anyone know if this is pretty standard with all gala`s now? or only there? Another thing I noticed, only 2 BJ tables which are pretty packed most of the time. Surprisingly 2x 3 card poker tables were open. And 4 Roulette tables! The BJ jackpot now stands at £225, 000 with a supposed house edge of 17%. £1 for a wager on it. 4 suited aces takes it (as Colin has stated here before.) Drinks are still free (if you are playing). But it cost us a tenner for a bottle of cider and a beer at the bar. Has the recession hit Gala so bad? I was really under the impression that BJ has been put aside as a secondary game. I decided even with the crappy pen, to play a few shoes. Had 1 nice shoe with a good count at the end, and then zap- the cut card! Tried hinting for better pen, but they were having none of it. I`m just a red chipper myself spreading 1-12 which is probably not even enough to beat this game anymore. Here I only managed only 1-8 as the count just really never got high enough to allow a max bet. Quite disappointing really, hope this is not going to become a trend You would think with the amount of ploppies still playing there that their bottom line with BJ would be rather good. a couple of examples of a few ploppies playing last night.... 1. One who did not realise that BJ pays 3-2. And thought that a dealer 21 (not BJ) pushes a player winning BJ :laugh: 2. a serial splitter- I swear this guy would split everything against a dealer 10. Lost his roll in about 8 minutes. 3. The jackpot players- pumping pound after pound onto that sidebet, losing all, withdrawing more cash from the ATM and coming back for more. 4. The usual flow players- Damn these people make me laugh! There was nearly a fight at the other table due to one player fookin up the sacred order.