I took the day off work and drove the nearly 3 hours each way to my local casino today. It was a productive day at the blackjack tables with plenty of new content ideas for this blog which you’ll see in subsequent posts. Overall I played my system well and although I didn’t follow a couple of my own rules as consistently as possible the ride home felt shorter than the ride there thanks to the win.
The quick recap of the day has a very similar sequence as most of my one day casino trips. It started with a $300 buy-in at the one empty $25 table which had me even for the first round and a half until someone joined me and shifted the cards enough to wipe out my buy-in. After that quick loss I kicked myself for not stepping away from the table earlier when I knew things were going south.
I headed to the high-limit room and the $50 tables which have the no mid-shoe entry rule. The combination of no mid-shoe entry and the higher limit allowed me to play by myself as I prefer. Once I started playing in my element the tide turned in my favor. I took a seat with a half-played shoe and bought in for $500. I turned that $500 into $1200 before sliding back to $800 when I decided to take another quick break since I was back to even for the day.
Since I hadn’t come all this way to break even I switched $50 tables and bought in for another $500. This time I was either going to lose the $500 and call it a day or turn it into a meaningful win and drive home ahead. I played the first couple of shoes at basically even until I hit a solid run and went up a couple hundred dollars. The next shoe went even better and I was up $600 as the shoe was nearing an end – the last few hands didn’t go my way which brought my total day’s take back down to $500.
I continue to learn to trust my system and need to remind myself to stick with it in order to bring home even more money by making just a couple of small tweaks. Not bad for a day’s work.