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[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?

[User Picture]From: bengraham
2007-08-14 10:13 am (UTC)
I went to the Empire in Leicester Square for a stag do a fortnight ago and had a great night. But I'm not a fan of roulette and I never seem to win very much at blackjack, so if I went with you, I'd probably just want to play poker all night!
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[User Picture]From: monkeyssk8
2007-08-14 11:06 am (UTC)
wow, we should go to Vegas baby! When are you in Barca? Are you going alone?
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-08-14 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm in Barca from 9th to 15th September. Yes, I'm going alone.

Vegas baby!
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2007-08-14 02:27 pm (UTC)
You put down a stake, you get 2 cards, dealer gets 1.
Depending what your cards are you may be allowed to split them into two hands (if they're certain pairs)(extra stake required, obv) or double your stake.
You can ask for more cards until you're happy or you bust (>21 [aces can be 1 or 11 at your discretion, pictures are 10]).
Except if you doubled you only get 1 card, and some splits only get 1 card in some casinos. Sometimes splits can be split again if the new hand is a pair again, depends on casino.

I have a chart of the Basic Strategy (and there's no point learning more now they use shuffling machines). Gimme an email addy and a copy wings its way to you. You don't have to learn it perfectly, but the better you learn it the slower you lose.
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2007-08-14 02:29 pm (UTC)
And after all the players have been through this process, the dealer gets his 2nd card and keeps drawing until he's >16.
Then anybody with higher total wins, ties get you your stake back.
You win at even money, except for a blackjack - 21 in 2 cards.

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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2007-08-14 03:21 pm (UTC)
You win at even money, except for a blackjack
...which pays 3 to 2
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[User Picture]From: brigbother
2007-08-14 11:27 am (UTC)
You know, if I was a British casino, I'd be wanting people to double down on hands they aren't very likely to win really.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-08-14 09:04 pm (UTC)
I suppose so, but presumably they realise that nobody's going to double on 12+. Or perhaps they might, people aren't too bright as a rule. They also don't want people to be able to double too often when the dealer's got a 6 as well or something. I'm sure they've thought it through, certainly more than I have.
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2007-08-15 09:08 am (UTC)
I suspect it was once possible to double on anything, and this was slowly restricted to a point where the risk to the casino balanced the loss of trade to more liberal games.
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