Began the day by taking a LYFT down to the GN to collect some free slot play (200) and promo chips (250) bringing my free play available this weekend at GN to 825 (which I hope is helpful).
Headed back to the Strip and checked in at Aria:
After settling in, I headed down to play blackjack, only down 1k for the trip.
The 6D shoe started off nicely and by the midway point, I had gotten halfway back to even. Then, a dealer shift to a dealer I normally do not like playing with. As she came in she exclaimed “WOW you’re going to play at my table?” It was at this point a guy decided to join in midshoe, his strategy was playing one hand then two hands then sitting out a hand or two then coming back in. I now it is all superstition but, from that point to the end of the shoe I lost the 1500 back.
The trip was once again -2k. I switched pits and bought in again.
I was playing head’s up against the dealer at a 2D game, proceeding to lose or push every hand. It never ceases to amaze me how dealers can pull 3 or 4 blackjacks in a 2D game. Of course, streaks of losing by 1 are always fun as well. I was now down another 1300.
I switched tables and was quickly down another 400, leaving me down 3700 for the trip.
The dealers switched out and I guess the blackjack gods wanted to smile on me as I went on a nice little run and had soon regained 1k of the 3700.
During the third shuffle at the table, I was finally dealt my first blackjack of the day. I was able to capitalize on that and, by the end of the shuffle I had regained another 700.
As such, at this time, I am once again -2k for the trip.
So I went up to the room to take a break and ended up taking a 90 minute nap. Took a shower and feeling refreshed.
I decided to play a little blackjack before dinner:
first hand dealt a blackjack
second hand dealt a 20 and won
third hand dealt 3,3 v 3 — split and dealt 10,J — dealer flips over a 2 then draws a 10 and K another win
then pushed a few hands, busted a couple then finally ended in a flourish, winning 4 in a row
At the end of the shuffle I had regained 850
Trip is now only -1150
Go Team USA! 🇺🇸
In the time it took me to walk from the restaurant to the high limit room (approximately 15 seconds, Argentina scored).
I should have taken that as an omen as I sat down to play. I lost the first 8 hands and was quickly back down 2k.
I switched pits and whenever the pit would come over and chat me up I would win — so, I basically let the dealer keep me posted on my hands and when necessary, I doubled and split. After 5 shuffles of 2D, I had regained 1100.
Trip is now -900
Some sights at Crystals:
I stopped at the MLIFE deal to check on my tier points and saw a penny next to the girl’s computer and asked if they was her lucky pen to. She replied, “no, it’s your lucky penny.” I could not pass up superstition and sat down for another round at a 6D game with an Asian gentleman joining me at the table.
I lost the first three hands with 18, 20 and 19 but then was able to hit a nice double down. By the end of the shoe, I had regained another 400.
The trip is now only -500.
I then stopped in to take a photo of the $5,000/spin slot machine:
Who among you will play this machine?
After a brief respite back in the room, I sat down to play at a 2D game. Dealer had blackjacks the first 2 hands but, thereafter, the shuffle was all me.
I won two double downs, dealt a natural and won 3 in a row. By the end of the shuffle, I had surpassed EVEN and was once again in the positive for the trip.
Trip is +300
I took a break for a trip to Burger Lounge:
I lost the first three hands of the 6D shoe and then caught run of winning two hands in a row! The roller coaster struck again as I went on a downswing of about 700, once again leaving me down 600 for the trip.
However, I kept my thoughts positive and soon the shoe lined up with my thoughts and hit a beautiful upswing, winning two double downs and a few hands in a row. By the end of the shoe, I had gotten way into positive terirtory.
Trip is +1k