4th Annual Blackjack Year In Review (2017)

I feel like the sales guy in your company who didn’t hit their quota, but has to do an annual review and try to spin all the positives of their year that obscure the fact that they didn’t do the one thing that they are paid to do – produce revenue.  To get the big question out of the way first, no it was not a winning year on the blackjack tables.  This is my 3rd losing year in a row – ouch.  I’ve made some peace with the fact that my use of a progressive betting system will produce winning sessions and even streaks, but likely won’t make me a consistent winner in the long-run.  That being said, I still have some work to do on my play that would keep me closer to even or ahead simply by being more disciplined in my play and game management.  Anyway, let’s look at the year in numbers:

  • 17 casino visits – new record
    • 4 trips to Vegas
    • 1 new state – Maryland, 11th state in which I’ve visited a casino
    • 22 straight months with a casino visit and counting
  • Largest loss in one trip -52 yards – brutal Jan trip to start year in huge hole
  • Largest win in one trip +20 yards – summer Vegas trip got me back to nearly even
  • Largest loss on one hand – 8 yards
  • Largest win on one hand + 7.5 yards (1.5 split/double X5)
  • Largest single bet on one hand – 7.5 yards – push
  • Total loss for the year – 56 yards

Some of the other highlights from the year included:

  • National Blackjack Day on 3:2 gained momentum, including a mention on the billboard in front of The D Las Vegas
  • I had some positive impact on The Cromwell and their gaming strategy based on conversations with their host
  • I won a NLH poker tourney over 50 people at Planet Hollywood with an $80 buy-in that paid $1200
  • I kept my Diamond status with Total Rewards which is great mainly for the fact that it avoids the damn resort fees on comp rooms

It was another fun and productive, if not profitable, year for my gambling hobby.  I’m looking forward to much more in 2018 with 3 planned Q1 Vegas trips and promising plans for #BlackjackDay 2018 it should be another great year.  Look forward to playing more, have new experiences, and meeting more great people as part of this adventure.


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