gman72 Posted August 9, 2013 Report Share Posted August 9, 2013 TRIP REPORT, PART 1Well, this is my first trip report, and I have to tell you, I hope they all go as well as this one went. Maybe it was just beginners luck, but after totally blowing the first shoe, I got up, moved tables and had success at the next table in all four shoes.Before I give you the play by play, let me give you a little color on the casino. So I drove over to the closest casino with baccarat, Lâ€™Auberge, in Lake Charles, LA. Itâ€™s about a two and half hour drive from where I live, which is not too bad, but not convenient enough to just go all the time. Ha, that may be a good thing.I arrived about 5:30pm last night and after getting a new players card (I couldnâ€™t find my old one, probably left it in a video poker machine at the bar last time I was there, sometimes those free drinks at the bar can get expensive) and cashing out the free $10 on the card at the cage (ahead already, yes!!), I proceeded to do my recon on the baccarat pit.So, the casino has eleven baccarat tables. There were about six open at the time and most were pretty full. They appeared to be all midi tables I believe, with 10 spots. A few were $25 min and a few were $100 min. I believe the one $200 min table was the only touch table going last night. Two of the tables were the EZ Baccarat tables and only one was open. It so happens that was also the table I first sat down at because it had a spot open, but that turned out to be a mistake and caused me problems, which I will explain later.I never watched the full touch table so I actually never saw them replace the cards, but I did see the pit bosses with stacks of individual card packs on their table in the middle of the pit, so Iâ€™m assuming they didnâ€™t use pre-shuffled cards, but I canâ€™t be certain. The one opportunity I had to see on my table, I missed. I had gone to the restroom after the end of the third shoe at that table and when I returned they were cleaning up a big wet spot in the middle of the table. After they finished we just sat there for a while and I finally asked the dealer what was going on and she said someone spilled their drink while she was cutting the cards and the cards got wet. It was the blue deck. So what we were waiting on was for the shuffle machine to finish the red deck we had just played. The floor had also just dropped off a new blue shoe right before I got back. The dealer put that new shoe in the shuffle machine after the red shoe was finished shuffling. I was bummed because I had killed that old blue shoe last time and was hoping to get another crack at it. It was at that point I decided Iâ€™d be done after playing this red shoe one more time, which I had been successful with twice before already. I didnâ€™t want to play that new blue shoe in the blind, plus I was already up pretty good and didnâ€™t want to press my luck.Another thing I wanted to point out was how slow the games went. The second table was a no touch table and I played and it took just over five hours to play three and half shoes. I couldnâ€™t believe how the dealers took their time and let several older players just talk about their next bets with each other and study the tote board and their scorecards, and the dealers would just wait around on them until they finally bet and then the dealers would deal. It made things move really slow and at first it didnâ€™t bother me, because I was getting the hang of doing my scorecard in a live setting, horizontal instead of vertical (Iâ€™ll explain in a minute), but after a couple of shoes, I was ready to move things along, win or lose. I should have moved to a couple of the empty tables that had opened later in the evening, but I really like how things were going score wise at this table, so I didnâ€™t move.From what Iâ€™ve gathered on this forum, most NOR players have made their own scorecards to use. I have done this for practice at home, but in the casino, I just couldnâ€™t see showing up with my own scorecard. Iâ€™m a proponent of really trying to fly under the radar and not stand out when Iâ€™m playing in casinos. I donâ€™t want to draw any unwanted attention from dealers, the pit, or even other players. I decided even before I got there that I would use the casinos scorecards. Now I did fill it out just as if I were doing it vertically, using three columns marked P,B, & S at the top of each column, but I kept the scorecard horizontal in front of me like all the other players. I was easily able to follow along and nobody seemed to take any notice of it all. To be continuedâ€¦â€¦â€¦. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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