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Anyone been to the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh? I saw they had baccarat so I decided to make the 3 hour trip from Columbus, Oh...

VERY NICE casino...employees friendly... had 2 mini-bac tables, 10 dollar min 1000 max (this is around 12 noon last Friday)... not many customers there, except noticed the poker room was full...

Played my F3-F2 MONSTER system (addressed in another thread) and immediately won 9 units.

On the way home, noticed another new(?) casino in Washington, PA... The Meadows... anyone been there? I assume mini-bac also at 10 dollar minimums? Did not stop but will next week sometime, as it saves me 1/2 hour of driving...

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Anyone been to the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh? I saw they had baccarat so I decided to make the 3 hour trip from Columbus, Oh...

VERY NICE casino...employees friendly... had 2 mini-bac tables, 10 dollar min 1000 max (this is around 12 noon last Friday)... not many customers there, except noticed the poker room was full...

Played my F3-F2 MONSTER system (addressed in another thread) and immediately won 9 units.

On the way home, noticed another new(?) casino in Washington, PA... The Meadows... anyone been there? I assume mini-bac also at 10 dollar minimums? Did not stop but will next week sometime, as it saves me 1/2 hour of driving...

Audionut,

Funny you should mention that. The wife heads up to see her mother again at the end of the month and of course will hit the new Pittsburgh casino.

She's been there several times now and really likes it. I think we used to play at the Meadowlands casino about an hour out of town, but she decided that the new one downtown is a much better play for her.

I'll probably get up there to play when the weather gets a little nicer, like summer.

MVS

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Audionut,

Hmm, looks like I failed to make any report on my thoughts of the new Pittsburgh casino. Well, it was new to me.

The Rivers Casino in downtown Pittsburgh was pretty easy to get to, obviously lots of parking and I really liked it for a change.

Usually when I go to a new casino I get ugly feelings and it takes awhile to get comfortable in the place. This one just kind of clicked with me and I felt very at ease within my first half hour of being there. All of the usual table games were represented too. As we don't have craps tables in Florida, it was a nice change to see them in play again, and pretty crowded too.

I scouted around while getting into the venue and only saw the two baccarat tables. No Big Bac that I could see so the two mini-bac tables were it with only one of them running while I was there.

I only played one full shoe but it worked out very nice with a +28 (from looking at my almost unreadable card) on a $10 table.

I'm actually looking forward to heading back up north to the Pittsburgh area because my mother-in-law feeds me very well and we can hit the casino again!

I would recommend the Rivers Casino to anyone who has the time to stop in.

Oh yeah, the buffet upstairs was EXCELLENT! I didn't know it was there and really wasn't all that hungry but with a whole flock of family there, I didn't have any choice. Good thing they dragged me in. I think I injured myself eating like that!!

It's another thing I'll plan on for the next session up there!!

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Nice report, MV... yes, I agree, the Rivers Casino definitely the better of the two. I as well felt very comfortable there; plus the staff seems very friendly.

Glad to hear you left with nice profit!!!

I didn't even know they had the buffet btw... good thing or I would never leave.... HA...

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I live in Pittsburg and go to the Rivers a lot - it's a nice casino with an awesome seafood buffet. It's nice when the mini bac min bet is at only $10. But usually after 8:00 the min goes to $25 and max is at $3000, which can be tough to keep playing if you get off to a bad start. It is hard sometimes to get on the tables though - they are madly overrun with Asian gamblers. They must group play with shared money because you will often see them bet thousands a hand all night long with no problem.

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I live in Pittsburg and go to the Rivers a lot - it's a nice casino with an awesome seafood buffet. It's nice when the mini bac min bet is at only $10. But usually after 8:00 the min goes to $25 and max is at $3000, which can be tough to keep playing if you get off to a bad start. It is hard sometimes to get on the tables though - they are madly overrun with Asian gamblers. They must group play with shared money because you will often see them bet thousands a hand all night long with no problem.

Don't be fooled my this. That phenomenon exists everywhere. It gives you the impression that the Asians know what they are doing. We have MANY Asian members here. I think all of them agree that this is the best place to learn how to actually win at this game. How to play and how to win are two entirely different things. It is clear the Asians are expert on the rules.

Keith and I played Sands Bethlehem last month. Early in the afternoon we couldn't get a table for the Asian masses. By 7:30P we had the place to ourselves. Kieth asked me "where did all the Asians go? Is this a national Asian holiday or something?" I replied, "I know where they went. They went home because they had no money left. I know because I watched how they play."

Keith came to get me to watch this one particular Asian play in the high stakes pit. He was up about $150,000 and betting $15,000 a hand. I got in the game and did OK. The Asian lost all his winnings plus his bankroll.

The object is to walk out with more money than you walked in with. THAT takes real talent, not just knowing the rules. The rules are on the back of your score card. But the rules don't tell you how to win. I do.

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But usually after 8:00 the min goes to $25 and max is at $3000, which can be tough to keep playing if you get off to a bad start.

Ztomsk,

Thanks for the additional information. I knew they probably wouldn't keep the tables at $10 all day and night but didn't know the time frame that they changed. That's good to know.

We left reasonably early in the afternoon so it didn't come into play for me. When the wife loses her slot money, we ALL have to leave.

MVS

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Sure thing. I'm new to this forum and seen a Pittsburgh post and thought I would chime in. Ha-ha I think we all can relate to the wife/girlfriend thing in one way or another.

I just got back from the Casino tonight and the bac tables min was $40. Every so often they bump it up randomly for some reason. I figured I would play conservative with the first couple rows - just betting that row 1 wont go to 2, 2 wont go to 3, 3 wont go to 4, etc... doubling my bets if I lost. You know, real basic playing. It was a picture perfect shoe - it didn't go more than 3 rows until near the end of the shoe.

I was up a nice chunk of change, and that little voice inside my head told me to get up and leave. But I kept playing anyways, and sure enough... streak after streak after streak came and wrecked havoc on my chip stack. I ended up losing almost as much as I had won with the same method of playing. Clearly should have left the shoe or at the very least changed the way I was playing. But at least I didn't let myself give it all back.

Davis - yea you're def. right about the object leaving with more than you came with. Knowing when to stop or adapt strategies is real talent indeed.

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Sure thing. I'm new to this forum and seen a Pittsburgh post and thought I would chime in. Ha-ha I think we all can relate to the wife/girlfriend thing in one way or another.

I just got back from the Casino tonight and the bac tables min was $40. Every so often they bump it up randomly for some reason. I figured I would play conservative with the first couple rows - just betting that row 1 wont go to 2, 2 wont go to 3, 3 wont go to 4, etc... doubling my bets if I lost. You know, real basic playing. It was a picture perfect shoe - it didn't go more than 3 rows until near the end of the shoe.

I was up a nice chunk of change, and that little voice inside my head told me to get up and leave. But I kept playing anyways, and sure enough... streak after streak after streak came and wrecked havoc on my chip stack. I ended up losing almost as much as I had won with the same method of playing. Clearly should have left the shoe or at the very least changed the way I was playing. But at least I didn't let myself give it all back.

Davis - yea you're def. right about the object leaving with more than you came with. Knowing when to stop or adapt strategies is real talent indeed.

We call that betting Opposites. If from there, you went on the run after it went 3 or 4 depeding on what you were seeing more of between 3s and 4 or mores you would be playing system 40. It's that simple. Then you would have been able to cope with the runs. S40 is the best chop system there is. That is why NOR incorporates S40 for the choppy third of all shoes. But NOR is where you want to get to!

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