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Tales told during shuffles

1 August 2013

After nearly 20 years of writing this column -- it launched at the beginning of February in 1994 -- I have a fair idea of what resonates with readers. After all, many of you are kind enough to tell me, via e-mail.

One message that comes through loud and clear is that players love to read about other players. My e-mail box is flooded every time I relay a little table talk. So let’s go back to the blackjack table for some more tales told during shuffles.

  • A man and woman joined the game, and she explained they were celebrating their 25th anniversary.

“Our wedding was in Las Vegas,” she said. “One of the hotel executives had been a business partner with my father, and he set it all up. Even having it so far from home -- we live in St. Louis -- we still had 75 guests. Everyone seemed happy to come to Vegas.”

Her husband said that trip was they first time they’d ever gambled.

“There was just an hour between the wedding and reception, and we played in our full wedding regalia. The other players, the dealer, everyone seemed to want to make the young couple happy. Especially the bride.

“I think we lost $30 between us, but we had such fun. The pit boss wrote us a comp for dinner for two in the steak house. We didn’t need it that night, but he dated it so we could use it the next. One of the other players gave my new wife a kiss on the cheek and shook my hand, and in the shake he gave me a $100 chip. I said he shouldn’t do that, but he just said, ‘You kids have a nice life.’ And we have.”


  • A 50-ish gentleman down to his last four red $5 chips asked a couple of blackjack players, “You ever play Caribbean Stud?” When I said I did, he was into full storytelling mode.

“You know what I saw a couple of days ago? The dealer had three aces, and everybody at the table beat him. Five players, and every one of them beat three aces.

“A couple of the fellas, they didn't even know they’d won. They were betting on every hand without looking at their cards. The dealer had an ace up, then had two more aces face down. And these guys are moaning, because how often are you going to beat three aces?

“But you know what? The first lady had a straight. Then there was a flush. Then the two guys who hadn’t looked, one had a straight and the other had a flush.

“And me? You know what I had? Four Kings, that’s what I had.

“You ever seen anything like that?”


  • An older man with a big mustache was a bit of a showman during play, cracking jokes with every hand. During one shuffle, he talked about learning to play craps.

“I like when they have game demonstrations and learners' tables. They don’t have them in Illinois where I live, but I learned a lot at one of those in Las Vegas.

“I play a lot of craps now, but I was always afraid to try until one day I was in a casino that was giving free lessons. They had a dealer walk us through how to make the bets, and let us do a little practice play with no money. They used chips that had no logos or values on them and couldn’t be cashed in. I had fun, and I decided to try the game at a $5 table. It wasn’t too crowded, and the dealers answered all my questions -- and I had a lot of them.

“Isn’t this a customer service thing that makes sense both for the players and the casino? I think it is. I play more now because I know what I’m doing.”

  • The young lady with the long blonde hair, T-shirt and shorts had to show the dealer her ID before she could play. But this wasn’t her first time at a three-card poker table.

“I learned to play last night,” she said. “This is so easy. I felt like I never knew what was going on at blackjack. And craps? Forget it. I’ll never learn that.”

“This is better for me. I won some money last night. Dude a couple of seats down from me was dealt three-of-a-kind, and the dealer just kept giving him chips.

“The next hand, I picked up my cards, and I couldn’t believe it. I had an 8, a 9 and a 10, and they were all diamonds. A straight flush. I was so excited, I shouted, ‘Would you believe it!’”


Look for John Grochowski at www.casinoanswerman.com, on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/7lzdt44) and Twitter (@GrochowskiJ).
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John Grochowski

John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski