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TR - Good food - bad luck

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TR - Good food - bad luck

Checked into Bally's Thursday areound noon. Surprisingly the room was ready when we arrived. Not surprisingly it was in the Claridge. Oh well - thats what you get if you are not a high roller at Bally's. And it cost $69.99 before taxes (like I said - not a high roller - day after the air show - AC in the summer). Anyway - the room was OK - had a great ocean view - but a very tired room badly in need of new paint etc.

Had dinner at Dock's Oyster House. Can;t praise that place enough. The service (Mike) was great and the food was out of this world. I started with the Caesar salad with lump crab (and there was PLENTY of it). DW started with the breaded fried tomato with goat cheese. Naturally I had a taste and it was great. Entrees were the scallops over risotto with a lobster sauce and DW had the crab au gratin. Both were great. Too full for dessert.

Gambling that night was so so . win some lose some. wound up the night (1 a.m.) about even - I;ll take that anytime.

Next morning went to Wild West - figured we could find some cheap tables in the morning hours. Well - no tables are even open at Wild Westy until 11:30 - so back to Bally's for some texas hold'em and some let it ride. No luck. Skipped breakfast so had an early lunch. Tried 6ix but it was mobbed so went to the mall opposit Caesar;s - a place called Sonsie - and got a good meal there.

Back to gambling and again no luck. Black jack, even the normally easy pai gow - no luck at all

played some penny slots. Realized you really don;t get anything out of them unless you play max coins. started playing 20 lines 1C per line and NEVER got any bonus or any kind of good play. As soon as I started playing max (20 lines 5C per line) then I started hitting bonus etc. Still did not winb but I seemed to get a lot mor play. Anyone else find this?

Fir dinner we tried 6ix again - and it was mobbed. Then I remembered the trip advisor advice that you could skip the line if you wanted to sit at the counter. Since it was just the two of us - that's what we did. We were only after something light anyway - so the counter would be fine. Enjoyed the meal at 6ix.

So all in all we did have a good time and good food even if the room was not that great (how long were we in it anyway) - just diappointed in the gambling.

Also was surprised that the wife and I played the same amount of time - at the same levels - yet I seemed to earn a lot more comps than she did (I lost a lot more than her - she had some wiinning streaks - but I thought the comps were based on play and not win/lose)

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1. Re: TR - Good food - bad luck

Glad to hear you had a good time. Sorry to hear you weren’t very lucky with the room or games, but if most of us didn’t donate enough the casinos would go out of business. :(

It’s also good to hear a local place like Doc’s still does things right.

It’s a never-ending topic about how much comp you earn playing different games. But most important is that you got you money’s worth. Thanks for sharing.

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2. Re: TR - Good food - bad luck

Loved your subject line -- it's pretty much my experience in AC, too. Just like you, I usually have a pretty good time despite losing, 'cause I just consider it entertainment. And just like you, I've had a Claridge room, though I was nowhere as philosophical about it, probably because our view was an airshaft or rooftop or something like that, but certainly NOT the ocean.

Dock's is one of our very favorite places in AC. If you liked that, you'd also like Knife & Fork, now owned by the same people.

I know there are lots of theories about what it takes to win at slots, but honestly, everything I've read says the penny machines will pay the same whether you bet max lines x 1 or max bet. FWIW, my mom plays maybe 10-20 lines on 100-line machines, and some days she does just great. It's all random; I think we all try to find patterns where there just aren't any.

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3. Re: TR - Good food - bad luck

Sounds like you had an enjoyable trip-sorry the gambling wasn't better for you.. but glad you had a nice time at Docks - never ate there but will add it to my list of places to eat at some point.

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4. Re: TR - Good food - bad luck

Hey Bogey!

Your report makes twice in the same week I've read a TR where the poster isn't moaning and nit-picking ( and possibly INVENTING, LOL). I love balance and a great outlook and you have it in spades!

I'm a big fan of Sonsie and your praise of Dock's will get me there (some day).

HET is easy (for me) to comprehend for credits. $5 IN nets you 1 point. If you get lucky and have "their" money to play on, you can stack some points fairly quickly. With VP it is $10 in for 1 point so the stacking goes a bit more slowly but a nice run will (again) net some points without a great deal of expense.

I agree with wythany that penny slots seem completely random in their pays. I've also seen some very weird combos like peeps playing one line one penny on Stinkin' Rich or another lady I watched playing the third button in on both lines because three is her lucky number. Max spins bring max rewards but there is (usually) the price to pay! Whatever floats your boat.

Thanks again for a great outlook on the world of GAMBLING!

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5. Re: TR - Good food - bad luck

again the main thing is you had some fun. the mystery to me as far as comps or whatever is the countdown meter. maybe i should post this as a question to let our ta gurus explain haha.

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Actually - we spent very little time at the slots. Most time was spent at the tables. We played the same games, placed the same bets (I bet for the dealer more than she did) - she won - or at least did not lose what I lost - and I got more comp $$$ than she did. I just thought that was very strange. I wonder if betting for the dealer maybe they throw you an bone?

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Ah - that makes sense then. With slots play at HET the formula is very straight forward and advertised. With table play they don't tell you how they exactly rate you. Things like buy in, bet per hand, time at that table, etc affect your rating. Also there is the human factor - the machines automatically calculate all this while at tables the pit bosses have to make some judgement calls.

Something as small as the pit boss logging when your wife left and forgetting to log that you had left would make a difference in the comps you got.

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