A-7 Corsair II in Detail & Scale Vol 22 by Bert Kinzey

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Dealer upcard of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; otherwise hit. •Split 9,9 vs. dealer upcard of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 (not 7); otherwise stand. Double Down Decisions on Soft-Hand Totals •Double down on A,2 or A,3 vs. dealer upcard of 5 or 6; otherwise hit. •Double down on A,4 or A,5 vs. dealer upcard of 4, 5, 6; otherwise hit. •Double down on A,6 or A,7 vs. dealer upcard of 3, 4, 5, 6; otherwise hit (except stand with an A,7 vs. dealer upcard of 2, 7, or 8). The player is permitted to double down only only on the initial two cards.

My eyes widened. I was amazed that all you had to do was gamble at the casinos and they would give you all these things for free. Pete told me that many people lose lots of money getting those free meals. As the saying goes: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Pete said that when I first checked in with him, he was winning, up about $900. But when I returned two hours later, he’d lost all but $50 of his winnings. Dinner was great, then we hopped on the bus home. Although I never went back to Atlantic City with Pete, he made several trips down there over the next two years.

Based on my talks with him, however, Pete seemed to lose more than he won. But win or lose, it all seemed too complicated for me to worry about. In December 1983, Pete moved away, leaving me with a box of books and some other odds and ends he thought I might find interesting. After a couple of months, I finally had time to sort through the box and found several decks of cards and a hardcover book titled Million Dollar Blackjack. I noticed that it was autographed by the author, Ken Uston. I decided to keep the book and the cards and soon I began reading the book.

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