You might think that with all the free blackjack apps out there an actual blackjack shoe would be a waste of money. Why go through the trouble of getting chips, shuffling cards, dealing and tracking cards when your phone or iPad can do everything for you? I understand that argument, and most of the time I play on an app, but every once in a while it is nice to practice with real cards in a real shoe to get a better feel for live casino conditions.
Walmart sells a blackjack shoe with 6 decks and a discard tray for about 19.99. I bought this about three months ago and I gotta say it’s been a great investment in my blackjack training program.
Tonight I’m walking into the game with ‘$300’ and below are my results for one shoe.
- Playing $25 table, surrender, about 75% penetration
- 1st hand 11 vs. 4 showing – double down = 15 vs. dealer 4,3,Q = 17 – lose $50 – ouch
- First surrender about 8 hands in 16 vs. 10
- Won double down A,3 vs. 6 showing to get back to even
- Now up $100 with $50 bet on the table
- Run ends at $75 bet, now up $150
- First split 2,2 vs. 6 – won both 13, 20 vs. bust – up $200
- Back to back splits – 3,3 vs. 7 – lost both 17, 15 vs. 18
- Made Momentum Blackjack(tm) play – against the book – started 5 hand winning streak
- First blackjack on $40 bet – now up $250
- 7 card winner – 2,2,3,4,A,3,2 vs. 9,7,10
- Shoe ending split 8s – lost both, shoe needs to end
- Shoe ends poorly – final tally is a win of $150 or a 50% ROI on the $300 investment
Overall my play was solid. Made a couple of moves against the book using my own Momentum Blackjack(tm) system which paid off. If I was playing perfectly I would have walked away earlier than the end of the shoe when the momentum turned, but that is one of the hardest plays to make.
I’ll take a $150 win every time on a $300 investment.