Road trip 3: Bring the wife and collect my cash

Mar 18, 2008 6:00 PM

The Undeniable Truth by Rob Singer | One of the best things about being a professional gambler is my schedule. I can go where I want when I want, to play as many sessions as I like.

I take with me the proper strategy that I expect to win with every time out. And, it’s always up to me. Along the way, I combine any offers I’ve received together with my pre-set plan on where I’m playing. It really doesn’t get any better than that when you’re out to transfer casino money into your account.

Sometimes, I am able to arrange a special trip where my wife can come along, but those ventures are usually devoid of any significant for-profit play. It’s heavily laced with all that she wants to do.

We left home Friday morning for the new Palazzo at the Venetian for our first two nights. I didn’t have an offer arriving in the mail, but I received a call from the hotel inviting me in for two comp nights. I also had the usual full comp offer from Sam’s Town, which I booked solely for eating at their excellent restaurants along with the obligatory $100 in cash for checking in.

I played a session at Sam’s Town and won $1,575 on a 25-cent, $5 five-level Romp-Thru-Town. The unusual part was that I was dealt two quads in a row, and I’ve never seen that. Afterwards at the Palazzo, I won $1,300 in a session that ended with four 2’s on Double Double Bonus Poker (DDB).

The next day I began by losing a little over $5,000 at the Palms. I never seem to have much luck there. Play in LV ended with a loss on the trip so far of $2,175.

Sunday very early we left for our next destination, the Peppermill in Reno, where we had dinner and my wife called it a day. I, however, went over to Atlantis and won another 5-level RTT session for $1,070. Once back at the Peppermill I beat them up for $1,250. But here I played the entire session and noticed my card reader flashing those dreadful Advantage-Player words "Reinsert card!" at the end which, of course, meant nothing to me.

Most of the next week, we spent in San Francisco and along the coast just plain relaxing. No casinos, no computer. Just peace and a break from it all. But on the way back I chose to go through Reno, and it again was the right thing to do. At one casino I lost $6,050 on another RTT session. Down the street on the next session, I was losing big when four Aces with the kicker appeared on $10 DDB for a profit of nearly $16,000. We left Reno up about $10,950 for the trip.

We checked in to the South Point for two nights. As usual, we also checked into Sam’s Town for the $100 and dinner. I wanted to play one simple Advanced RTT (ARTT) session to win $100, which isn’t difficult when playing five levels up through $5.

At the top level, unexpectedly, the royal hit for $20k and another profit of $19,750.

Experiencing a royal is amazing enough because I rarely see them, but this one had its own little twist. About two minutes prior my phone rang and it was a couple from Colorado whom I’ve made friends with while teaching them my play strategies the past few years.

The couple happily told me about their $5 royal at South Point earlier in the day, a marked event since they only played that high for the first time because of my strategy. It states not to go too high until you’re fully aware of what you’re doing. They came to town prepared.

After we hung up, a very strange sequence of events began – even for a video poker machine that’s supposed to be random. I was dealt 3-to-the-royal and hit nothing on the draw. The next deal was also 3-to-the-royal and I got a flush. The next deal was another 3-to-the-royal and I ended up with nothing. The next deal was 4-to-the-royal and I again got nothing.

I’m beginning to think something’s up but how could anyone ever know? The next two deals were normal nothing hands, but once again, the next one was 3-to-the-royal ending up with another loser.

The next hand dealt? You guessed it – three-to-the-royal, only this time I nailed it.

I went out to play a few more sessions. At the Hard Rock I left with an extra $550, and the MGM contributed a cool $1,550 because of four 2’s on $5 Triple Bonus Poker Plus (TBP+) paying $3,000.

With a sub-par 7/5 pay table, the "experts" say I shouldn’t be playing it and I can’t win. Do I know more than them? You make the call.

We finished up our day at the Rio playing another ARTT on another set of "poor" pay tables, and the session ended with four 2’s again on $5 TBP+.

This time, however, I executed one of my special plays that deviate from expert strategy by being dealt 2-2-6-6-X. I threw away the sure small winner and kept the 2’s for an opportunity at a session-ending hit.

Bingo, another $1,100 profit.

The experts tell me that play really cost me more than it was worth winning, assuming of course that I play it that way millions of times. Corny, huh?

My risk analysis for short-term strategy defines this play as the only way to play it when the full-house won’t get me to a goal. A better way than optimal-play only?

Again, you make the call. Me? I just struck out the side.