I usually take the day off of work for my Birthday and play golf – this year I decided to change the routine and take a drive to Harrahs Cherokee in NC.
After my brief Vegas stop I was feeling good about my strategy and was also becoming an avid believer in surrender as a way to mitigate losses and generate a better ROI. This was only my 2nd trip to Cherokee and unfortunately they don’t offer surrender so I had to adjust my play.
It was mid-day on a summer Thursday so the casino floor was fairly empty. Even with the light crowd it was tough to find an open $25 table – by open I mean empty. WIth the no mid-shoe entry rule on the $25+ tables it makes for a challenge to find places to sit without other players. It also creates a lot of table vultures circling looking for a seat.
The challenge when playing at tables with no surrender is that you have to make a lot of marginal decisions on 15 or 16 vs. dealer 9, 10, or A. I’m not totally consistent on playing these hands which is a part of my game I need to improve. On this day I started out in a quick hole – down $300 before lunch, ouch. After a quick lunch – not many dining options to choose from which is fine for my simple tastes, but if you’re a foodie you would have to work pretty hard to find a meal to tweet home about – my fortunes were about the same and I almost quit early and headed for the door thinking that no surrender meant I was out of luck. Luckily I had lost fast enough that I had no reason to leave immediately and stuck with it – as it got closer to my time to leave my luck turned significantly and I had a great run of three straight winning shoes that got me to break even. Since I wanted to get home in time for dinner with the family and I had just dug out of a huge hole I called a push a win and headed for the door.
Harrahs Cherokee blackjack set-up:
- Main Floor
- Several $10-15 tables, mid-shoe entry available
- Handful of $25 tables, no mid-shoe entry
- High-limit room
- 4-8 $50 tables, no mid-shoe
- 4 $100 tables, no mid-shoe
- No surrender available in any situation, one split of aces, all tables auto-shuffle with a shoe, no single deck or manual shuffle that I’ve seen.