I look forward to kicking off the first week of each year with a pilgrimage to CES in Vegas. It’s a great combination of technology, networking and blackjack. I wish that my blackjack results would be as positive as my business results at the annual event.
I have only been officially tracking my CES results for the past two years and this year added to my losing ways. I’ve mentioned the CES losses before and once again I dropped several thousands of dollars during my trip.
Interestingly this time I didn’t fall into some of the usual traps. I kept the drinking light, played at quality tables and stuck with the system for the majority of the trip.
I did make the mistake of pressing for wins once it was clear I wasn’t having a good trip. I played $100 tables trying to make up for losses which of course isn’t wise since it compounded the situation when that table went sideways.
Overall I felt my play was fairly solid, but I do think I may change the system slightly giving more range when it comes to the low-end cards – 12s/13s vs. dealer showing 2s & 3s. I was a little inconsistent and hesitant in playing these too conservatively at times.
According to one of my favorite sites The Wizard of Odds the dealer has less than a 40% of busting when showing a 2 or 3. At the same time I have less than a 50% chance of getting a bust card when hitting on a 12 or 13. Putting those two factors together I realize that I need to be more aggressive and start taking a card on a more consistent and frequent basis when facing that situation.
The beauty of this game is that there is always a new way to refine the strategy and improve my play. Now I just need to get back out to Vegas and get another swing at the plate.