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Blackjack or Slots?

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Blackjack or Slots?

I've been a slot player for awhile and thinking about to make my official move to the tables. I know I won't get comp'd as much but the odds are better playing tables.

The one thing I don't like though is that with slots you can get some nice jackpot payouts. WIth tables it's slow and steady. I don't know if I'm ready to make that kind of commitment yet!!! :)

It seems most people on here are slot players but I'd like to hear from the table guys on this one... How is the casino experience, comps, wins/losses, etc...

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I find tables to be a very social experience minus the occasional BJ player who believes they are an expert and makes noise if someone makes a mistake yet keep playing the 5 or 10 dollar tables. Not sure why they are not playing higher limits if they are such an expert. That said tables can be enjoyable and social.

With practice and some knowledge you can reduce the house edge on a few games. You can do this by using basic strategy in BJ or playing Pass line with full odds on the craps table. Money management is really the key to winning at tables. Walking when you are up and seeing the table has gotten cold is a big part.

Comps vary widely on tables; partly because the different ways to bet and no way to verify what you gamble each hand the way slots can. Obviously if you play higher limit tables you will get more. But again this is where social comes into play. If you get to know the pit boss they can help you get comps if you play a table long enough. Other I am sure will offer opinions about comps.

Edited: 16 September 2010, 14:24
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I agree with the prior post - if you are at a fun table, your experience will be enjoyable even if you're not winning as much as you'd like to. This is the case with Let it Ride and 3-Card Poker as well. When you have a crabby dealer or obnoxious players at your table, it can really take away from your own enjoyment. Table dynamics aside, I have to take issue with the comment about 'experts' who shouldn't be playing at $10 tables. I'm no expert but I do try to follow the basic strategy which increases my odds of winning. If you are at a table with someone completely clueless, it really can mess things up and usually the entire table is affected by their poor playing. This tends to decrease overall morale at the table, so if it happens to you, just move on. And for the record, I've been at higher limit tables where people are betting hundreds per hand and still have no clue. Just be prepared for the buffoonery and don't take anything personally. Remember there are always other tables and more potential for fun!

Good luck, LuvBreezes

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i play both and like to play tables when the machines are tight to slow the bleeding LOL. since i am playing both it is hard to say what portion of my comps come from table play although my host did mention the casino noticed the switch when giving me gift offers as the gifts tend to be given more to slot players. i find early morning i like to sit down at the tables with a cup of coffee and like the slots when there is more action in the casino. although you can get a great shoe or seat and clean up, nothing beats the thrill of one pull and the the machine locking up ringing and flashing.

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4. Re: Blackjack or Slots?

if you're looking for better odds, and can master the strategy, try full pay video poker.

9/6 jacks or better is still available at most denominations in all AC casinos. you will earn comps, but generally half as fast as with slots. playing JoB is similar to the slow (and relatively) steady ride you now have with tables.

if you're looking for higher jackpots and the excitement that accompany them, try mastering the strategy for a VP game like double double bonus. "full pay" versions (9/6) are still available at some denominations in some AC casinos. you'll give up a per cent or so in expected return, but the game has 250, 400, 800 and 2000 coin jackpots, in addition to the royal (4000 coins). it can be a roller coaster ride, however, so you need a strong stomach. (don't bet the rent money... this ain't no sure thing.)

i had two positive years playing double double and triple double almost exclusively. this year, however, i'm losing. (but it should be noted: i'm also playing slots this year.)

honestly, though, it seems to me that two of the things you're looking for (great odds and the excitement of high jackpots relative to the size of the bet) can't often be found together... which is why a mix of table and machine play may still be right for you.

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