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StevePR104

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So, the most amazing happened tonight...something that I'm still having trouble believing (in a good way):

I had dinner at a local casino that caters to primarily an Asian crowd. At one point after dinner, I went onto the floor and asked the security manager if I'd be able to buy any decks of cards that had been previously used. Now, if you don't know, decks are used for only a relatively short period of time...then pulled off the floor, and either drilled, corner clipped or marked so that they cannot be used again by cheats. Frequently, the pulled decks are sold or given away as souvenirs.

The security manager said he didn't have the authority to give me any decks, and asked why I wanted them. I told him I'm a magician. He was instantly intrigued.

"Come on over here," I said, gesturing to a table that was not in use. I took out the deck of cards that I'm never without....spread them on the table to show they were a regular deck of cards...then did a quick set of card magic. Within a minute, seven other staffers joined the security manager and watch me as I worked. (For those who know, I did Modern Jazz Aces and Daley's Last Trick.)

And then, I did a rubber band trick (CMH).

Think about this: I did card magic on the floor of a casino, in full view and with the concurrence of the security staff. I think it's fair to say that will NEVER happen to me again.

But I'll remember it as long as I live. Wow.

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Very cool experience!  Not many can say they have done this!

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Did you at least get a picture during or after the whole experience? I know casinos didn’t allow picture taking back years ago, but when they started becoming part of phones they just couldn’t stop it.

Very cool story though!!
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That's awesome. I know first hand how strict casinos are regarding cards. I was once in a restaurant that was inside the casino. While we were waiting for our food we took out our cards and started toying with them. We were approached by security shortly afterward and was asked to put them away. Then we got a mini-lecture on how they don't allow any cards on the casino floor etc.
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Me too I was tapped on the shoulder by a large Maori security guard in a casino bar once, having cracked open a deck and doing tricks in the bar. I was completely unaware of the rules.
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I'll share my casino story.  I was in Puerto Rico back in the 1980s and was at the Condado area where all the casinos are.  Our group began hopping from casino-to-casino and I asked at one of them about possibly getting some "souvenir decks".  They didn't have a gift shop or machines or anything.  

The woman at the desk reached down and grabbed a whole brick of cards and said "Here, with our compliments".  I was flabbergasted.  Inside were cards fresh off of the table, 6 red and 6 blue.  It was the Ramada San Juan.  Later the same experience played out at another hotel down the strip.

And to top it off, I won enough at blackjack to pay our bar bill at our final stop.  Can't beat that for luck.

I still have some of the cards but I sold some to Bill Kalush for the Conjuring Arts Research Center.

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Those are very fun stories! My only story about a casino is: 

I went in.
I lost money.
The End. 
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Those are very fun stories! My only story about a casino is: 

I went in.
I lost money.
The End. 


Man, can I ever relate to your story! [biggrin]

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For several years, I performed in casinos all around the world.  Always played Blackjack whenever I had the chance.  Eventually I devised a successful system which worked for a time.  

My system was:  Only sit down at tables with dealers who wore glasses.  As ridiculous as it sounds, for some strange reason, this improbable theory worked in my favor!  Don’t know if it was mind over matter, or positive projection, or what.  Night after night, though, as soon as the pit bosses saw me winning too much, they’d change the dealer, which ended my winning streaks.  Then I’d simply switch to another table with a different bespectacled dealer.

Another time, when I was booked at a certain casino for a 3-week stay, I was bedazzled by a very beautiful croupier, and played at her table as often as possible. Very late one night, when I was the only player left, she let me win a large amount of money.  Unfortunately, I enjoyed her company so much that I didn’t want to leave … and so lost lost all my winnings back to the house!


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For several years, I performed in casinos all around the world.  Always played Blackjack whenever I had the chance.  Eventually I devised a successful system which worked for a time.  

My system was:  Only sit down at tables with dealers who wore glasses.  As ridiculous as it sounds, for some strange reason, this improbable theory worked in my favor!  Don’t know if it was mind over matter, or positive projection, or what.  Night after night, though, as soon as the pit bosses saw me winning too much, they’d change the dealer, which ended my winning streaks.  Then I’d simply switch to another table with a different bespectacled dealer.

Another time, when I was booked at a certain casino for a 3-week stay, I was bedazzled by a very beautiful croupier, and played at her table as often as possible. Very late one night, when I was the only player left, she let me win a large amount of money.  Unfortunately, I enjoyed her company so much that I didn’t want to leave … and so lost lost all my winnings back to the house!



If the casino is a legitimate operation, the odds are a given once you factor in all of the variables.  The following website has an easy way to play with the variables and show how those options affect the house edge.  

https://wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/calculator/

The house always has an advantage and obviously that is why they are so profitable.

The player can affect the house advantage by playing basic strategy and adhering to a set of "do's and don'ts".  A player using basic strategy has a marked advantage over a "hunch player" assuming a minimum number of hands are played.

I don't think the dealer LET you win so much as you were there long enough for the house advantage to kick in.  

I was at a funeral for a construction worker who was an avid gambler.  His son, also in the business was talking to someone we both knew as I approached.  I heard him tell our friend that just before he passed his dad had been "on the boat", the Casino Queen riverboat.  He had hit a jackpot on the $1.00 slots and made a bunch of money.  Sadly, it didn't get even close to covering the losses he had racked up according to Junior.  And so it goes.  Much more fun to talk about the wins.
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How did she let you win?? Seems difficult dealing from a shoe. Also very risky for her job security!

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I don’t know why, Mike!  But I can tell you that I wasn’t that good at Blackjack.  We played mostly out of boredom, just to while the time away.  So for me to win big was quite unusual.  I still believe that in those circumstances, she was doing me a favor.


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Man, can I ever relate to your story! [biggrin]

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Gosh, what are the odds two people having the same story about losing money at a casino! [crazy] 
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