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Playing at Vintage Vegas 'Pre-2000' Anyways...

Discussion in 'General Vegas Talk' started by GlenBaccarat79, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. GlenBaccarat79

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    Yes, I am talking about the original circular type of hotel building in Las Vegas. THE FAMOUS SANDS! The one that was home to the Rat Pack for the glory filled days of the past. Replaced with Sheldon Alderson's themed property, The Venetian around 96 or 97.

    It was the early 90's and we were playing Big Table Baccarat in the high limit room. The Big Table was full, both sides. Myself and my friends were regular players there along with The Rivera and The Desert Inn of course. We were all having an up and down type of night as I remember it, at the Big Table rather than at today's Midi style, a much different and friendlier type of gathering among players that knew each other and socialized together as well. I know we played at least 2 shoes prior to the part I will get into and remember, shoes take every bit of 2.5 hours each to complete at the Big Table. No one rushed anyone and lots of fanfare and casino glitz present--most shoes anyways.

    The shoes before the current one we played was pretty much a Player's dominant shoe, very lopsided in baccarat terms at the time. The players on my end of the table did quite well on it and the opposite side players took a beating. We are into the next shoe now. There was this one male dealer who kept saying, "let's get a Banker's shoe, make some long Banks--let's rock and roll". Dealers used to interact nicely with the players at those Big Table Baccarat games for years. The shoe went around the table twice and we were into a quarter or bit more of the shoe. I get the shoe again and placed my wager on the Banker and put something up for the dealers on both the Banker and the Tie. For some strange reason, I make ties quite often when I got the shoe to deal.

    First hand I dealt, 6 frigging MONKEYS! Nice tie, I had $500 on it and a quarter for the boys, lots of yelling and screaming on that one. Just another reason we all played this game. I pulled the winnings down and left the $500 out there and put another quarter up for the boys. Always had to have the same on a winning tie bet for the next hand. Second hand dealt, a pair of aces for the Players and a pair of aces for the Bankers. Slide a card face down on the felt to the dealer standing calling the cards, it gets flipped. Another ace. Now the table is going crazy, as I recall their was lots of ties up as well. I look around and there were some people on looking as well. I pull the Bankers card and ask everyone if they are ready or what? Everyone is all yelling and saying to get on with it. I peek at the card and it was a one-line card as we used to say, an A-2 or a 3. I tell everyone and a few stand up. One player has a grand up on the tie with numerous other black chips, probably a good $1,250.00 for the table max payout at that time. Anyway, before I go back to the card the dealer working my end of the table for the chip rack says, "I will bet you make a long bank and not a tie". I tell him, I will bet you this is a tie and I make at least a half dozen more Bankers after this.

    The dealer says, "what's it going to be"? I told him, I wanted that necktie and your cufflinks. Heck, I was feeling good, been winning and great players which we all basically knew each other. I figured I would bang out 3 or 4 Bankers and I was going to wager near or at table max. Sometimes, you just get that feeling at a live table. The way I was figuring and at this point was up $4,000.00 on the tie alone and could not lose the Banker wager cause I was working with a A-2 or 3 and had $4,000.00 already up on the Bankers side. So my next hand would be at least $5k or $7k and if I won that one I would press and just pull down the win money each time I dealt a winning Baker's hand, if it happened.

    The dealer said he would bet his necktie and gold cufflinks if I would wager a black chip for each dealer on the Banker while I had the shoe. We air shook hands and I slammed down the 6th ace for a repeating tie! That's the point the floor manager comes over and sticks his nose in the game to see what all the commotion was about.

    I remember, I banged out a steady 5 Bankers in a row and another tie on the 6th hand. Already working with a double tie to start and 5 Bankers with a third tie, making my deal 8 hands thus far, I felt my chances slipping for the 6th Banker or 9th (if you count ties) in my deal. The dealer announces, probably going to be a Player, get ready. He tightens up his own neck tie and flaunts his cuff links and the other dealer says, he is safe and probably won't have to buy another set anyways.

    I believe I pressed the first Banker that I won after my two repeating tie hands and put the 5k into my stack of chips. I remember putting up 2, $5,000.00 chips on the Banker and many others followed, some didn't. I was not feeling confident at all as a lot of old school players would play for the cut (opposite side) after a tie. Especially so, after several repeating hands and that had happened exactly. The shoe was not terribly strong prior to getting to me, so that was the only thing really going in my favor. I dealt the cards and the Players showed a 2 and the Banker showed a 3. God, out of all combinations that is really the only on I hate to have, IMO. I pulled the Players card out and slid it to the dealer, it was passed to the highest wagering player at the other end of the table. Lots of fanfare. An Asian guy. Lots of tweaking, peeling and peeking. My wife, whom is also Asian, yells down to the other end of the table and tells him to turn the frigging card over already. Took the guy forever. He kept saying he had a three-sided card, and that meant 2 out of 3 possible chances gave the guy either the best or next to best possible hand. One of the possibilities would give him the best chance for us, an instant win for us if he flipped over an 8. One could hear slight chants of the word 'eight' around our end of the table for sure, as I remember it.

    My wife is going bonkers at this point. The player at the other end of the table is saying it's not a 6 and it is at least a 7. After a little bit more torture he flops the card over. It is an 8! My side is ecstatic and the dealers pay out. I told the dealer that bet me, come on lets have it. He takes off his neck tie and the gold cuff links and tosses them squarely into my spot on the felt. The floor manager is there now and threw an absolute fit. A total rampage in fact. The other dealers are all laughing and making fun of the dealer that bet me. The floor manager, shaking his finger and pointing it violently to the dealer tells him, that after the shoe ends he better go to the locker room and borrow someone's tie and cuff links or he will be getting an early out. He stormed away back to his podium.

    The next hand I dealt was a Players hand and then passed the shoe. 6 Bankers, just enough to win my neck tie and cuff links. The Sands Casino, no more but what a great property that was!
     
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  2. GlenBaccarat79

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    Playboy Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. Back in the days when there was a 'dress code' that was enforced at the casino entrance, jacket and dress shirt, mandatory, slacks, shoes, no jeans and tee shirts and sneaker or flip flops.
     
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    Great Story! Really awesome read. Thanks.
     
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    Ditto Lazytaper, that was a great read Glen.
     
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    The Sands. One day put it all together.
     
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    ditto tbone & lazy, Glen!
     
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    A great read Glen. Thank you.
     

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