a comp withdrawn at the Riviera in Las Vegas. They
would not give me an explanation of why I had to pay
my bill. I thought I fulfilled the requirements for
my comp - I deposited $5000, wrote $6000 of markers,
and maintained a minimum $25 bet. I played an average
of 45 minutes per $500 marker. In addition, I lost
$1500. My big bets were $50, split $25-$25. I was
not going to use the surrender option, but when I
fell $1500 down I began surrendering fifteen and sixteen
against 10 and ace at high counts. Was this a mistake,
do you suppose? I am guessing that my $25-$25 counted
only as a $25 maximum bet instead of $50, thereby
ruining my rating.
cares if you surrender. So, no, Mr. French, it was
not a mistake for you to surrender at the Riviera.
It was, of course, a mistake to try to fulfill the
requirements of a comp that called for minimum bets
of $25 by never on a single hand placing a bet that
exceeded $25. The casino host expected more "range"
in your betting.
like these might take place in a college fraternity
or dorm, in a faculty club, or among a group of professional
colleagues who meet weekly or monthly. They also often
rotate among the participants' homes. There have been
well-known games among literary celebrities that endured
literally for decades. These games are often played
for relatively small stakes. The smallest games are
called penny-ante games. Social games are sometimes
called kitchen table poker (even though they are as
likely to meet in a basement or den as in a kitchen).