This has been another interesting spring for me. For the 3rd straight year I’m in the job change process. The last two years have been on my terms and this year is due to a potential sale of our start-up. Don’t get too excited, unfortunately I’m not cashing out with a big check and riding off into the blackjack sunset. This is a distressed sale and we’ll likely come out ahead, but short-term we’re in limbo.
This suspended state of operations has meant that I’ve had much less day-to-day activity while the lawyers and finance folks fight through all the details. Of course, whenever I have any potential downtime I look for the opportunity to play some cards.
This Thursday will be my 3rd straight week with a casino trip. I’ve been working remotely on Thursdays starting with March 2, National Blackjack Day. After a solid day I realized that I could make the 2 hour drive to my closest casino, Harrah’s Cherokee River Valley Casino, play a couple hours of blackjack and be home at my usual dinner time without a lot of hassle.
I know that once this deal closes the wrinkle in my workload will change dramatically and I’ll have to rely on conference trips to Vegas to get my gamble on in the near future so I’m trying to make the most of my time right now.
I have learned that with regular trips to a casino money and time management is critical and I need to be selective in my game. The patience has paid off thus far with solid, but not spectacular wins on the past 2 trips. I also have learned that stopping while ahead is key since my time is limited I don’t have the luxury of waiting for the next big run, so I need to cash out once I’ve made a nice profit rather than playing until I make a huge score. Playing regularly is more about hitting singles and doubles than shooting for the grand slam.
I’ll keep my string going as long as possible and hopefully become a better blackjack player from the experience.