The house does not always win

a.k.a Genting and back in 3 hours and RM 1,500 richer

genting ftw

I was having dinner last night when Sze and I came out with this incredibly impulsive idea – we’re going up to Genting Highlands to hit the casinos and come back after winning RM 1,000. It was about 11 pm then and I was determined to get back the RM 35k I lost about a year ago. I was thinking positive this time – WIN! =D

genting

Thus, we called for a taxi to get us up at 11:45 pm and arrived at there at about 1 am. It was very impromptu – I didn’t even bring my dSLR. I quickly headed for the ATM to withdraw my bankroll of RM 3,000. Unfortunately, the ATMs at Genting do not allow more than RM 1,000 to be withdrawn in a day. I only had RM 200 with me in addition to the RM 1,000 and I couldn’t very well walk in with just a 1.2k bankroll. Sze was kind enough to withdraw RM 800 to make it an even RM 2k.

Thus armed, we proceeded to the casino and I headed straight for the Baccarat tables.

I put RM 500 on Player after getting my cash changed for chips.

I lost. Banker wins.

I put another RM 500 on Player.

I lost again. Banker wins.

Motherfucker! I was down to half of my bankroll. I put RM 300 on Banker. Player wins.

…..

I’m down to RM 700. I put RM 200 on Banker. Banker was on 1/2 payout but at least I won.

RM 800.

I put RM 500 on Player.

Player deals a 7. Player stands. Banker draws a third card. I thought this was in the bag until the Banker got a 9.

I’m down to RM 300. What can you do with RM 300?

Desperate times calls for desperate measures. In a fit of inspiration (or desperation, rather) I put RM 100 on Player and RM 100 on Player Double.

I was down to my last RM 100 (not counting the RM 200 on the table).

Player Double is a variation of Tie (8 to 1 returns). Player Double pays out 11 to 1. It’s only available on some tables and requires the first two cards for Player to be the same cards.

Player draws a 7 for the first card. I wasn’t looking, since I was a bit dejected at my FAIL plan to win RM 1.5k and was thinking about putting my last RM 100 chip on Roulette.

Suddenly, I felt someone grab me from the left. Sze was at my right so I was rather perplexed. This Chinese woman chattered excitedly to me and I looked at the table.

I’ll be fucked.

Player draws a double 7. 7 of diamonds and 7 of spades.

The Banker won the game but I didn’t care. I only had RM 100 on Player and RM 100 on Player Double.

I got RM 1,100 (11 to 1 payout) from the double 7 cards. =D

The Chinese woman kept on talking to me, telling me that I was very lucky. Yeah, it’s pure luck. Fortune favors the bold. πŸ˜‰

Bankroll: RM 1,300

I’m still down RM 700 and the cards were being reshuffled so we moved to the next table, where there is a lot of commotion. It seems that Banker is on a winning streak and there are tens of thousands in chips on the table – all on Banker.

I’m a big fan of Player and generally going against the odds (which is why I lose most of the time).

I put RM 500 on Player. I was the lone one in the entire table betting on Player.

Player draws a 6. The crowd goes berserk, coz Player stands while the Banker draws a third card. I don’t know why but I’m sure I was gonna win this round. I’m not gonna lose going against the grain. No way, Jose.

Banker draws a 5.

I watch with glee as the dealer takes all the chips on Banker and pays out RM 500 to the sole Player bet – mine. =D

I’m at RM 1,800 right now, just down by RM 200.

I decided to go over to the Roulette tables and put RM 200 on 6. I usually don’t stay this long in a casino; I like to get in and out fast coz the odds are always stacked against you the longer you stay. The house always wins.

The ball settled on 11. I think this is a pivotal experience and made me do what I did later.

I went back to the Baccarat tables with RM 1,600. I put RM 300 on Player. Player wins.

My chips are now at RM 1,900 – just RM 100 short of my initial bankroll. I need to increase my bets and get the hell out of there ASAP.

I put RM 500 on Banker, thought better of it, and moved it down to Player. Player wins!

RM 2,400. I’m up RM 400.

I put RM 500 on Player. It’s a tie. The same Chinese woman beside me lamented her situation with great fervor to me, saying that she was about to put some money on Tie.

I left my RM 500 chip on Player while the other players take their chips back and think (or whatever it is they do). I’ve never understood this. It’s not gonna change the odds. It’s like a superstition of sorts. I always keep it at the same place.

Before the dealer starts to deal, I impulsively put RM 100 on Player Double again.

This time, I’m watching. I had hoped to win the RM 500 player bet, the RM 100 on Player Double is just an random bet I made from seeing the number 11 on Roulette just now.

Player draws a 6. I wasn’t looking at the Banker cards. The dealer took out the second card for Player and opened it. I’ll be fucked. It’s a 6!

The Chinese woman was OMGWTFBBQ at my sheer luck. She just witnessed me winning RM 1,100 twice on a very improbable bet (Player Double).

Now, I had to play closer attention. I still had RM 500 riding on Player.

The game was a tie.

The Chinese woman again lamented excitedly about how she was gonna put some money on Tie since the previous game was a tie too. She also attempted to touch me to “get some of my luck”.

I would have loved it if Player had won since I’ll have walked away with RM 2,000 if that had happened. But I can’t be greedy. I told Sze we’re leaving. She asked me how much I’ve won.

genting counting

RM 3,500. Thanks to the double six and the tie, I’ve won exactly RM 1,500 (after deducting my bankroll of RM 2,000).

genting drinks

I returned Sze RM 800 with some interest and we adjourned for drinks.

genting money

I was quite happy about walking away with RM 1,500. I never stay back after I’ve won what I decided to win. You can’t be greedy coz the house always wins.

beer tower

I ordered a Beer Tower (RM 179++) which has the equivalent of 2 1/2 jugs of beer. The price is kinda steep but this calls for a celebration!

genting food

I tipped the bartend
er about RM 15 or so and he was quite happy about it. He gave us complimentary sausages. πŸ™‚

genting us

I hailed a taxi after we finished our beer tower and got back at about 3 am. Dinner was about RM 88, the taxi ride to Genting cost RM 80 and the return trip RM 110. Minus the cost of the beer tower, I had netted RM 1,000 that night.

The house always wins, but not last night.

genting end

Last night, I won. πŸ™‚

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46 thoughts on “The house does not always win”

  1. is indeed an adrenaline rush with gamble, each second getting slower, with each swipe of card anticipate with eager glimpse… make me want to go genting now, for sure the house will get me…. cheers for the winning!

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  2. Naoko: Thanks! It was an impulsive trip, but very worth it. πŸ™‚
    andrew: Haha! Mate, I lost a lot the last time I went. I was just lucky. However, the trick is to have a large bankroll, bet small, and aim for 1-3k. My mistake last time was aiming too high without a big enough bankroll to support it and the table maximum bet (RM 2,000) hindered my plans.
    Joicy: No worries, I’ll drive very safely tomorrow. πŸ™‚
    Yatz: Sheer luck. Fortune favors the bold. I cannot imagine winning RM 1.5k with just a RM 2k bankroll. I usually need a RM 5k bankroll to hope to win RM 1k.
    choonie: The house always wins. Baccarat is just about the fairest game in the house though so your odds are 50-50 (about that). Best game in the house. Trick is to go in and out fast.
    imantulen: Yeah, very lucky. Baccarat is all about luck if you wanna win fast. I don’t go for the strategies out there since it requires a lot of time on the table. I figure the longer you stay, the higher chance you have of losing.
    chingy: Thanks Chingy! πŸ™‚
    Baccarat put simply is just Player or Banker. The dealer deals for both. The closest to 9 wins.
    There are a lot of rules, but to play that’s basically what you need to know. πŸ™‚
    imantulen: Nope, I didn’t feel like driving up to Genting and back. I took a taxi. I’m thinking positive, that I’ll win back the trip costs. πŸ™‚
    kennhyn: Thanks my friend. Yeah, I love the adrenaline rush too, especially when I’m betting table max (RM 2,000) the last time I went. It sucks losing though, the feeling is terrible. It’s a lot like drugs. Hmm…

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  3. ahKOK: I usually lose as well. The trick is to be very disciplined about how much you want to win and just go when you win.
    …and also to have a large enough bankroll to support your projected earnings. πŸ˜‰
    I have a way to get around the table max – bring a couple of friends if you need to and spread out the bets. 3 people = RM 6k
    However if you’re going that high, you’re playing with fire. Last time I did that I lost RM 35k. Just like that.
    AaronLee: Starbucks? In front of First World Hotel? I was there at about 2 am. I was queuing up to get a bottle of mineral water when I said fuck it, the line is too long and went out to get a cab. πŸ™‚
    What time were you at Genting?
    e: Haha! I doubt it. She’s a compulsive gambler. The dealers recognize her and talk to her!

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  4. TOLANIC.com: Thanks! It’s luck though, these things always are. You just hope your luck doesn’t run out before the house odds overwhelm you. πŸ™‚
    Simon Seow: Oh well, I used to bet table max but with a 2k bankroll you can’t really do that. I’ll say at least 20k for a 2k bet each time. Dangerous waters though unless you have people so you can double up.
    chefmel: It’s not 1.5k in 3 hours. I went to Genting and back in 3 hours. πŸ™‚
    I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in a casino for 3 hours except at Crown Casino in Melbourne. I stayed probably 20-30 minutes inside the casino at Genting. That’s longer than I usually stay. I like to be out in 15 minutes. You can win 2k in a second (and lose the same in the same amount of time).
    maggot: Well, I was just very lucky that day. 11 to 1 payouts twice on an improbable bet, that’s what saved me. Otherwise, you’ll see posting about losing 2k. πŸ™‚

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  5. wow man…impressive=)
    u can bet for toto today as well..maybe ur ladyluck has arrived! lol..
    anyway, i am amazed by that beer tower…
    I should try that next time i go to Genting..can one person actually finish that by himself?

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  6. I work in Genting and I do agree with you . . . .Genting always win due to HUMAN GREED! If we have more players like you . . . .lolz . . .we will be DEAD.

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  7. eric: Haha! I used to have a stake in an unlicensed 4D operation. I know the odds for that one, I don’t buy 4D. There are only a few games I play – Baccarat, Blackjack and Poker. I always tend to go for the first if I want to win seriously.
    Beer tower, yeah one person can finish it. It just takes a bit of time. We finished it in about 30 minutes or so. I had the bulk of it though coz Sze can’t really drink a lot of beer (but she can drink liquor).
    foodcrazee: You work in Genting? Interesting!
    What do you do? I have 3 family members working in Genting. Two of my cousins and her husband. πŸ™‚
    Marketing, A&P and a card dealer. You might know them, Genting is not exactly huge. πŸ™‚
    Haha! Well, Baccarat is just about the fairest game on the table so you can work the odds. I read that casinos can post quarterly loss and profits based on Baccarat winnings alone (albeit on high stakes tables).
    You know, I’ve always thought Genting is a nice place to work. Recession proof and all that. πŸ˜‰

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  8. I was there on the 7th….won 200 from the casino war table and 150+ from mahjong which played against colleagues….and RIA Apartment is not a “clean” place to stay on…

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  9. Remember the rule – the hse always win, it still stands. DONT try your Fxxxxxx luck that often eventhough u feel very poistive at time

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  10. Lost RM35K yet get back only RM1.5K after a year.
    It’s like pledging your FD with Uncle Lim & only getting your “interest” return. Not sure when you gonna break even.
    Uncle Lim give you 33.5 reasons why he always welcome you back.
    Wish you all the best luck that you need when you meet him again.

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  11. Congrats, great to hear you got some money back. πŸ˜‰
    The only game I do play is NL Hold’em because if you know how it works it probably gives you the best odds for winning at long sight.
    I used to love playing Black Jack but as you said – at large the house does always win and I’ve never been good at making the break…

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  12. it’s fun to have a little gambling, most important thing is to know when to quit…mama says there won’t be many days like this.

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  13. Dude, I hope it was a typo. You lost RM35K!!?? The house will never lose even if you have won coz they know you gonna come back for more. Repent!

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  14. I’ve already spent the winnings on the trip. :S
    With one hand Uncle Lim giveth, and with the other taketh away.
    Srsly.
    Reply all the comments later, work now. Cheers!

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