I had a quick trip to Horseshoe in Iowa this week. Was in town for work and had a free night so I expected to spend 5-6 hours playing blackjack. From my last trip I knew to stay away from Harrahs ad headed straight from the airport to Horseshoe. As it turned out my night was much shorter than expected.
I arrived at around 6p and by 7 I knew it was my night, and that I’d have to leave sooner than expected. I sat by myself at the $25 table in the high-roller room and the first shoe instantly doubled my buy-in. I thought about leaving immediately, but I don’t have that kind of discipline and I wanted to keep playing.
I put my winnings in my pocket and pressed forward to an uneventful shoe 2, but shoe 3 was a monster tripling my buy-in – the highlight was a $200 bet split aces to make it $400 on the table against a 3. My hands were soft 14 and soft 16 – dealer turned a 6, 6, 8 for a huge win.
I played out shoe 3 to see how hot my streak was going to be, and by the end I had given back some of the winnings and a couple other people came in the room so I pulled up stakes and had dinner. As much as I hated it, I knew it was time to hit the road. I love to play, but when you go up 4X in your first hour and there are only 3 $25+ tables open in the whole casino there was no way to keep up that pace.
I’m torn – on one hand I’m getting better as a player because I was smart enough to not give back my winnings – on the other hand I only get to play on rare occasions so when I do get to play a one hour session feels like a little bit of a let down.
I’m going to focus on the positive and the win, but if I’m being honest I’d like my wins to come after a few hours of play.