I got a new job!! It’s a big promotion and in addition to being excited about the new gig I have 2 weeks off between jobs. If there were a TV camera in my face when I signed the agreement I’d have looked at it and yelled – I’m going to Vegas!
As word of my new job traveled my friends and co-workers always asked how I was going to spend my time off. I found myself couching my answer with general platitudes about spending time with family, playing golf, etc.
Finally at my going away happy hour I mentioned my plans to visit Vegas for a quick trip. The looks and questions I got were the same tired old judgemental looks I get almost every time I mention going to Vegas on my own. ‘Your wife doesn’t mind’, ‘what do you do there’, ‘I can’t believe you go there alone.’
I’m a pretty boring guy. I’m not doing much besides eating, sleeping, drinking and playing blackjack when I’m in Vegas. My wife knows this so she’s cool with me going. Which is awesome BTW.
So why does everyone else assume the worst? I honestly don’t care, but it does fascinate me. If I played golf every day and spent 6 hours away from home no one would say a word, but spend 36 hours playing blackjack and you get sideways looks.
Here’s my suggestion. Everyone worry about their own issues and let me enjoy myself the way that works for me. If your thing is yoga or triathlons go for it, my thing is blackjack so keep your judgemental looks and comments to yourself and I’m getting on a plane to Vegas baby!
My last trip to Vegas during CES in January was a blackjack debacle, major losses starting my 2015 season off in a hole. Luckily I just got a new job and have time to squeeze in my second Vegas trip this year.
My blackjack goals for the year are pretty simple 1) More Vegas trips than last year (6+) and 2) Winning more than last year (+$5k). I’m on a good pace for goal number 1 with 2 trips down and an April trip on the books. Goal number 2 is in jeopardy with the poor start, but I know that not every trip can be a winner so I’m still optimistic.
This trip is another 36-hour blackjack only bender which has been a good formula for winning in the past. I am going to take it up a notch by starting my play at the $100 limit tables which makes me a little nervous, but with good strategy and execution could get me back to even on the year quickly.
I’m going into practice mode for the next 10 days to give myself the best chance for success and will keep posting updates here and on my Twitter feed @blackjackroi
My typical blackjack table limit is $25/hand. I raise my bet by ~20% per winning hand in a progression system that limits my losses when going poorly and accelerates my winnings when I hit a hot set of cards. This has worked well, but as my risk tolerance and win targets increased I’m looking at moving up my table limits.
I’ve been experimenting with starting my play at $100 minimum bet tables with $25 tables as my fall back plan in case of a cold run. This obviously adds more risk to my play, however winning a couple hundred bucks at a $25 table isn’t going to get me to my goals and if I trust my system the results should bear fruit.
This strategy comes from a review of my most recent wins and losses. The losses have come no matter what table limits I’ve played and the significant wins have come from the $100 limit games. Obviously I’m setting myself up for the chance of losing my bankroll more quickly, but it will force me to focus my play and follow all of my rules to generate the best odds for winning without the safety net of lower limits.
My next trip to Vegas is in three weeks so I’m practicing my $100 limit strategy in the coming weeks and will see if I have the stomach for it once I get off the plane.