On my recent trip to Vegas I brought along my first client who had worked with me learning the Momentum Blackjack(tm) system. I’ll give more details below, but the basic story is that he came back a winner and has turned into a huge blackjack fan. The best quote was ‘This game is so much more fun when you give yourself a chance to win!’
Full disclosure my first client is also a good friend so I’m still looking for my first paying client, but you gotta start somewhere. Our training started about a month prior to the trip. My friend, we’ll call him JB, hadn’t played blackjack in years and when he had played felt, like most recreational players, that he knew the basics but wasn’t confident enough to sit at a table and feel in control of his own destiny,
JB is about the perfect client. He was committed to playing better, he studied on his own, and he asked great questions. He spent time learning the basic strategy and I gave him the overview of how to adjust the basics and leverage betting increments to improve his odds. His practice sessions included using my favorite app 21 Sim and we traded ideas on how to make the most of our 48 hours in Vegas.
Once we hit Vegas we lost a little bit of the strategic plan of attack. He hadn’t been to Vegas in years and we started drinking too early in the morning before the flight. We headed out to the strip and went looking for a low limit table which isn’t the best approach, but it made him feel better to start low.
We spent the better part of the next 12 hours playing and drinking – unfortunately the drinking went better than the cards and we ended day 1 down slightly. JB wanted to start day 2 by checking out as many casinos as possible so we did the walk and play trip from New York, New York moving north up the strip to Bally’s. This was early in the morning so we hadn’t started drinking and the games went much better.
The morning session was fun and we started the crawl back to even for the trip, but the night session was when it all came together. JB and I headed to my favorite haunt Planet Hollywood, which is also now his favorite. We found an empty $25 table at the Pleasure Pit and went to work.
Our dealer Kai was a lot of fun, the cards were going our way and we played strategically. The first two shoes went well, not spectacular, but on the positive side of the ledger. On the third show we were joined my two guys who were about same age as us and when our new friend on 3rd base surrendered on the 2nd hand I knew we had a chance.
The next couple of hours were one of those Vegas situations that you hope for, but rarely occur, the entire table of four walked away ahead. I was the lowest winner, but JB and another of our new friends hit it big both leaving with over triple their buy-in through smart blackjack strategy. After taking a nice piece of the bank the table decided to leave as a group and we all walked away to count our winnings.
JB left that table with a new appreciation for the game and Vegas as a whole. And I left the table with a new convert to Momentum Blackjack(tm).