Session Report #44

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
12ft half table
SR-2
3 players
3V set

It’s been 1 month since I last got to the casino and since I’ve also practiced.

I’m surprised at how quickly you lose your edge without practice.

Today I was all over the place. Struggled to set fast and hit my landing spot.

Was never ahead today. And couldn’t believe my play. Both times laying odds against don’t pass on 4 and then 10 got knocked off.

Had 4 hands today. 3 PPSO and had a 23 roll (got some money back on that one).

A random roller had a mini monster, and I got some more money back on that one (fairly much back to my buy in).

The 3 PPSO shot me down. The last hand I had $110 inside to try to claw back a bit to even. That slapped me.

I was only looking for 3 hits and down and got shot 3 times.

Oh well regroup for next time.

And time for me to play some baccarat while listening to my favourite podcasts and get my casino fund back up again.

Colour in $266 (-$134) in 1 hour.

Session Report #43

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
12ft half table
SR-1
3 players
3V set

Well I finally after 10 week hiatus got back to the casino.

And wouldn’t you know it. The half table was full of regulars.

I have learned not to stick around and wait. So I sought out the $1 mini baccarat computer terminal.

Put in $300 and in short order after 20 mins cashed out at $405 just betting player using target 3 play system.

Went back to the craps game to find just 2 players left and SR-1 open, nice.

Waited for the hand to end and bought in for $400.

The table had apparently just finished off a couple of hot rolls. And the tide had turned. Which I now know is why the table had thinned out.

Anyway after not playing for so long I was itching to have my turn with the dice.

Well as far as sessions go. This was one of my worst as far as bet play goes.

1) my SRR ended up being 3.46

Out of 6 hands of 52 rolls. I had 15 sevens 9 of which were on the come out.

2) I tried to stupidly chase my losses on my last hand and did a $110 inside working on the come out. And then proceeded to throw 5 sevens in a row. Talk about shooting yourself in the face!

3) and it was death by a thousand cuts. Lots of small bets instead of backing myself.

If I had even just done $10 PL and $44 or $66 inside for 2 hits and down on each of my hands It would have been a sweet session even with the lowest SRR I’ve done yet.

So I now have to reset my clock and prepare for next week as I continue to ease myself back into the game.

Coloured out $139 (-$269) in 1 1/2 hours

Session Report #42

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$300 buy in
12ft half table
SL-3
3 players
3V set

At last showed up and there was a spot at the craps table.

Player at SO and SL-1

I moved into SL-3 spot.

I have yet to see a really cold table but today was the day.

Those 2 guys were shocking with the dice.

I tried to get them to play dark side with me but they wouldn’t have it.

They kept putting up $22 inside or $32 across. Only to lose it all on PSO or PPSO

I was doing $10 DP and $6 six and eight.

So the casino was bleeding me dry at $2 a hand. Nice. I can do this all day long.

The dealers were commenting on it, how it’s a stupid bet. Proof says otherwise.

I would also do a $20 DP and $22 inside on my own until I have warmed up.

And box says it’s a crazy bet and the stick was complaining they don’t know what to call. To encourage the table, as I’m betting for and against myself.

The box is telling me to just bet DP and lay odds and then take a hard way to hedge if it’s an even number.

I guess he sees a lot of craps play and he is the most senior dealer. I will admit that he is an excellent dealer and knows the table and bets backwards. Which is why he is in the senior position.

I’d like to see him play though.

Some chump shows up and I make some room for him at SL-3 and he says he doesn’t need it and just wants to make one bet.

I don’t know what he’s talking about and he then proceeds to throw $50 on the table and call out “on the horn”. It’s a bet, I hear from the dealers. He’s not even standing at the table. It was over before it began. Never seen that before.

The other 2 players burned through their buyin in about 40 mins.

Finally on my own again and moved to SL-1

At last a spot I can shoot from with confidence.

I was having a hard time at SL-3 and was slowly grinding down.

At SL-1 though I had a much better time.

Shot a 28 hand and then a 14 hand and got my money back and more then it was time to go back to work.

I was getting in a zone, so I was upset to leave when I had the table all to myself and also leaving the dealers to stand around there looking at each other with nothing to do. I really hate that.

Colour in $376 (+$76) in 1 hour.

Session Report #41

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

Another week, another full half craps table. I refuse to squeeze in, so 5 players per half on a 12 ft table is all they can take.

I learned that judging by player chips I can sort of tell if anyone is going to tank and leave the table. The trouble is the regulars (like me) come in on Friday afternoon and they have a bad habit of going to the ATM and getting more money. So they leave a couple of dollars in the rack and disappear for 5 mins, and come back with more.

So if the table is full then I give it up for the week and go and play some mini baccarat.

I’ve also given up on the live dealers for mini baccarat as on Friday afternoon the casino switches $10 min to $25 min, but I’m not up to that level yet.

This leaves me with the $1 mini baccarat computer game. Not as good, but ok. I refuse to play online casinos, for various reasons I won’t go into here.

For today played for an hour with $200 buy in and coloured in for $290.

I play the target 3 play system and have been quite impressed with it.

After 9 sessions (no losing sessions yet) $1,400 has become $1,832.50 which is 30.89% ROI

Which compared to my 1.79% ROI for Craps makes me think I’m playing the wrong game. But baccarat is as boring as watching paint dry and I’ll only play it when I have to.

Last week I did have a chance to play some Craps.

$200 buy in.
Half table right side.
Set for 3V

Lost some on the other regular random rollers. Then got the dice. And pulled out a nice 21 hand. Went in slow with just $6 six and eight and then went out and up from there.

6, 5, 6H
5, 5
8, 4H, 6, 5, 3, 11, 8
8, 8H
11, 7, 6, 6H
6, 3, 7

Ran out of time as per usual.

Coloured out $228 (+$28) in 45mins

Session Report #40

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$150 buy in
12ft half table
SO-L
2-4 players
3V set

Finally showed up and the craps table was open with just one player on it, he was at SL1.

I don’t like SL3 and SL2 was to close to him. So I took SO on the left side.

Only had $150 on me today as I didn’t have time to get more from my hidden casino stash before I left the house this morning. My nearly adult kids are dying to find my hidden stash of $100 notes.

Haven’t played with a small bankroll for a long time, so this was a challenge.

It really made me think how I was going to approach the betting. I had to be careful not to over bet.

Took it easy with the one hit can’t miss play on others.

Did a $22 inside on my first roll. And $44 inside on second roll. Then regressed to $6 six and eight after 2 hits. And built up and out from there.

Had a 20 hand and a 9 hand respectively. Not bad. Suited my bet play.

More players joined after my first hand. And one newbie went on a roll.

I had spread out to all numbers and he’d made his second point.

I said to make my bets working on the come out, but no one heard me. The box man looked over at me and the dice were in the air about to touch the table. I started to repeat my call to be on. But stopped half way as the dice had settled.

The box man was reaching for the on lammer to put on my chips.

The dice had settled on seven. The box instructed to clear my bets.

I said to Steve the box, couldn’t he give me that one. But he said no, he had the on button in his hand, however he hadn’t even acknowledged the bet verbally. Like they usually do. That’s a bet. Sort of thing.

Oh well no point fighting them about it.

I sat the rest of his hand out. It was a real shame as he hit quite a few inside numbers that would have been nice.

Made some room and coaxed more players that were watching to join in. I always do my part to bring in fresh blood to try to keep the table running.

The box said that it doesn’t matter. Because management make the decision to keep the table on other factors. But I know that if the table is packed as much as possible. Then the table should stay. I do know that for 7 years they abandoned the craps table. And made a bit of noise and marketing about it when they brought the table back out of storage. Who knows. If it’s not a slot it’s just a method of allowing more slots. More table games allows them more slots. They know where their bread and butter comes from.

Just played smart craps today, and after 45 mins realised my time was up. I was happy to get my craps fix in at last. Until next week.

Colour in $210 (+$60) in 45 mins.

Session Report #39

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

Showed up at the casino for my normal Friday session at around 12:30pm (the table opens at 12pm) and all the regulars were there with the half table full. No spots.

Looks like they were totally settled in so rather than wait for someone to leave and not get any action in my limited 1 hour window, I headed to the mini baccarat computer terminals. They are spread around the casino and even on different floors. All connected up to a centralised live dealer.

I chose one that allowed me to keep an eye on the table, just in case any spots opened up. It was a live dealer $10 min type of computer terminal. They have $1 min fully computer generated mini baccarat. But this live terminal was the only one that would let me spy on the craps table.

So I fed in $200 and got started with the target 3 play system, I’m quite fond of. After around 10 mins I’m up $30 and notice that my last bet on player won, but I didn’t actually get paid.

This has happened in the past when I was betting $5 and didn’t realise the min bet for player or banker bet was $10 in the instructions in the help section of the game rules.

So I thought ok, I’ll try again. Player won again and another missed payout. WTF is going on. I tried a third time and player won again and no payout.

Looked at the instructions and sure enough the bastards had changed the min player and banker bet mid shoe to $25 min. So my bets were void. I can understand a change of limit in between shoes. But in the middle is just wrong.

In total disgust. Coloured up and out of that machine on principle. I’ll have a chat to the dealers and pit bosses about that next week.

Went to find a $1 mini baccarat machine to keep going.

Found one at the other end of the casino.

Put in my ticket of $230 and started at $5 min target 3 play bet. There is a hand dealt every 30 seconds, which is a good speed.

I just bet player only and followed the progressions and regressions as needed by the play. It so simple that I was actually playing craps on my phone at the same time. Got up to $440 and my time was getting close to finishing. Finished off with a couple of losing bets in the cycle. Didn’t have time to leave on an upswing.

Will pickup the next game at that same position of (-$35) and continue on.

Colour up $405 (+$205)

Now what really cheesed me off is that I went back to the Craps table and there was only 2 players. It was 1:30pm. So I think I just need to go at 1:30pm which gives the regulars time to let their chips drain away and leave. Will try again next week.