Bored at work all day, I figured: “What the hell. I’ll hit the casino on the way home.” Stopped at the ATM on the way - probably 5:45 PM. Withdrew $X. Walking into the casino, I glanced at the huge decorative clock they have at the entrance - 6:00 PM. This is key, and I noted it.
Sat down at my favorite 21+3 table. 21+3 is standard blackjack, blackjack pays 3:2, dealer hits on soft 17, 8 decks (I believe.) The +3 is a side bet - you can bet it, and if your two up-cards plus the dealer’s up-card make 3 of a kind, a 3-card flush, a 3-card straight or a 3-card straight-flush, the bet pays 9:1. It’s a fun side-bet, not a huge house advantage (~3.5% IIRC) and it makes the game more interesting.
There were two other players at the table. One I recognized - it’s an older lady, she’s at the casino all the time. She infuriates me sometimes, because despite playing blackjack ALL THE TIME she still needs the dealer to tell her her total if her hand is three cards or more. Plus she constantly hits 12-16, no matter what, even if the dealer is showing a 2-6. But I digress. I waited a few hands for the shoe to end before buying in for my full $X. And here comes the luckiest streak I’ve ever had at a table in my life:
I simply couldn’t lose. I was betting the minimum at first - 5% of my buy-in, then going up to 10% or 15%. But almost never losing. This isn’t some genius strategy, just pure luck. I think I went 10 hands without losing. Then 1 loss, then another 5 winning hands. Most of them I was dealt a 20 or a 19; the other hands I got something lousy like a 15 or 16 vs. a dealer T. Invariably, I’d draw a 4, 5 or 6 and end up beating the dealer. Total shoe - probably 25 hands? I’m not sure. I think I only lost 4-5 hands. Moreover - I hit the +3 side bet like four times. I was typically betting 1-3 green chips on a hand, then the same 1-3 red chips on the +3 bet. Hitting it four times in a shoe is…well, just damn lucky. By the end of the shoe, I’ve doubled my initial buy-in (plus 5-10%). Luck never lasts in a casino, and I decide to get the hell out of Dodge. I color up, hurry (race) to the cage and cash out. On the way out, I look again at the huge decorative clock. 6:20 PM.
On the way home, deposit at the same ATM - ~6:35 PM. Deposit $X*2.
Good lord, I don’t think I’ve ever been as lucky at a BJ table before. Doubling my buy-in in 20 minutes without ever betting more than 15% my initial buy-in. I felt like a total boss.