||[Aug. 14th, 2007|09:49 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
I went to the casino one night in Edinburgh last week, and I managed to|
avert what looked like it was going to become a Danielle Lloyd/Shilpa
Shetty style international incident. I was at the blackjack table, and
there were too other people there - a drunk white man and a drunk Asian
man. Some confusion over the rules arose when the Asian man wanted to
double down</sup>1</sup> on a hand that you can't double on, and the white
man was trying to explain that although it is possible to double on that
hand in a Las Vegas casino, in the UK it isn't permitted. The phrase he
chose to use to explain, in his drunken way was "You're not allowed in this
country." The Asian man, in his drunken way misinterpreted this and
responded with "Oh, don't be a pr!ck." Ah, marv. I intervened before
anything got seriously nasty, and when they both realised what had
happened, being drunk they were obviously the best of mates. The downside
of this was that I was involved too, and I was their best mate too when all
I really wanted to do was play cards.
I finished £20 up and the casino was dishing out free toasted sarnies
though, so it was a good night all in all.
1In blackjack, when you have a good hand you sometimes get the
option to double down, which is to double the size of your bet. This is a
good thing where the cards you have mean you are favourite to win the hand,
but the downside is that if you do choose to double you can only have one
more card. In the UK you can usually only double down when you have 9, 10
or 11. Who fancies a London casino trip then?