I didn’t just play slots and video poker when I was in Las Vegas in December. I played 3 card poker, 4 card poker, blackjack, blackjack switch and of course, bet on sports. Unfortunately phones and cameras are shunned at the tables and sportsbook so there aren’t any pictures.
I didn’t only gamble at the Palazzo. I played a little at Wynn, Encore, Bellagio and Palms. The people I was traveling with were blackjack players so most of my time at the tables was spent playing blackjack.
3 Card Poker
I only played at Palazzo and only played a couple of times. If the table isn’t full I like to play multiple hands. Palazzo didn’t allow me to do that. I went at it with just one hand both times I played. I lost everything I put in both times I played and lost it quickly. I’d like to blame this loss on the rules at Palazzo. I’ve had no problem playing two hands in Atlantic City. Thumbs down to Palazzo.
One point to note; there was only one 3 card poker table open all weekend and it was rarely full.
4 Card Poker
I put a couple hundred bucks up while killing time at Bellagio. I’ve only played this game once before and wasn’t too familiar with the rules. Thankfully, I happened upon a table of very nice people. The game was a slow bleed until my friends found me. I wanted to play the hand blind, but was told not to. I didn’t want to look at the cards, so I showed them to someone else at the table and ended up with a straight or a flush. Whatever it was I won all of my money back + $5! WOOOHOOO!
I probably won’t play this game again. Most of the non-blackjack card games at Bellagio were packed. This was the only table that had players that also had room for me. There were a couple empty tables. I don’t like playing these kind of games alone.
This was the game I was most looking forward to trying out. I wrote about it when I first heard about it last year. Blackjack Switch it a newer table game where you are dealt two hands of blackjack and can switch cards dealt. I learned two things about this game after playing at Wynn after a great steak dinner at SW.
First, I had a little too much wine with my steak and probably wasn’t in condition to experiment with a new game. I lost my initial buy in of $200. I was too confused to play the game properly. I lost patience fairly quickly. As a result I lost my money, but I had a good time losing it. The game was fun and kind of slow.
The second thing I learned about Blackjack Switch came the following night when talking to a pit boss at Encore. More people walk away winners at Blackjack Switch. In fact I was one of the few losers they met that played the game. Oh well, there will be a next time. In fact, I just got an idea on when that next time will be!
The tables in this area at Wynn were pretty crowded for a Thursday night. There was an entire pit area that was empty, so I guess they did a good job shuffling people to one area.
I ended up at Legasse Stadium every day of this trip. Unfortunately, I didn’t record all of my bets, but I did ended up on the plus side at sports betting. I split my action between the NBA and NFL. I may have lost one NBA game and a couple NFL parlays. You can see my review of in game betting at the Palazzo here.
One resource I found shortly before my December trip is covers.com. I like to use trends to help with my knowledge of NBA and NFL. Covers.com color codes and simply lays out game and total trends. It’s an easy read on an iPhone too.
I played a lot of blackjack on this trip because that’s what the others on the trip played. The best time I had at the blackjack table was at Encore. It was one of those runs that keep people gambling. Read full details at Wynn and Encore Win Me Over.
I only played blackjack at Palazzo once and I went from up $700 to losing $300. This was my first gambling session of the trip and it lasted about an hour. It was a wild ride. Kenny Rogers said it right..have to know when to walk away, know when to run!
We made a stop at Palms after a quick stink at Bellagio and it was a quick stop. I turned $200 into $500 in about 20 minutes. I don’t even remember the game. A friend of a friend happened by and introduced his girlfriend. Chit chat began and I just kept pressing winning bets. Palms rules.
The best thing about my blackjack play is that none of the games I played were 6/5 payouts.
Overall, the tables didn’t treat me too poorly. Bad runs in 3 card poker and Switch were made up for with wins at video poker, sports betting and blackjack. I’ll take an even trip to Vegas every time!