I witnessed something beautiful last night. I was at one of the dive low-roller joints on the strip, which will remain unnamed. The game was decent: 6D, 80% penetration, and pretty much all options were open, including surrender. I was playing red, spreading 1-10 with appropriate cover. Something caught my attention from the corner of my eye: I looked up to one of the most stunning Asian girls I've ever seen. She had the long black hair, the living-marble skin, and looked like she was about 17 years old. Then I saw that she was attached to the arm of one greazy, slimy, comb-over, gold-chain wearing, approaching male-menopause, much-too-wealthy sugar daddy. He stopped at the craps table, dropped a handful of green chips into her purse, and then she came over to sit next to me.
I have to say that she was one of the worst players I have ever seen. She'd constantly hit hard 14's and 15's against the dealer's 5 or 6. She never split her 8's � instead she like to hit them regardless of what the dealer was showing. Always split 10's. Once, she stood on a hard 7, saying that "it just feels right". And so we continued for the next three shoes, the count uneventful, her play more than entertaining.
We chatted here and there, and her responses convinced me that looks were the only thing she had going for her. I was mesmerized by her beauty, and incredulous at her stupidity. But then I gave her credit as she was just having fun and obviously it wasn't her money she was throwing away.
Then came the fourth shoe. It, too, was unremarkable, until about halfway through the count shot up to +5 in just one round. The Asian beauty got 16, busted it against the dealer's 3, then whined to her sugar daddy that she was hungry and wanted to go to dinner. The sugar daddy pushed himself away from the craps table, spilling his martini down his shirt in the process. He stumbled over, sat down, then said, "What does my angel want for dinner?" She replied, "Lobster," to which he slurred, "Well, lobster's schpensive," then filled three spaces with a stack of green each.
This, obviously, got the attention of the pit boss � that and the Asian princess's squealing and jumping up and down. The dealer looked to the pitboss, the pitboss nodded, and the cards were dealt. I got a 20, the sugar daddy got three stiffs against a dealer's 8. The sugar daddy waved off any hits, then lost as the dealer turned over a 5 and hit with a 4. The sugar daddy got angry, yelled for another drink, and doubled his stacks of green on three spots. His princess squealed even louder. Now there were four bosses attentive to this game, one on the horn to, presumably, the eye. The dealer again looked to the pitboss for permission, which he was granted. This round of cards gave me a blackjack, and a 20 for the sugar daddy along with another two stiffs. The sugar daddy hit this time for some mediocre hands, but the dealer pulled a four-card 21. This pissed the sugar daddy off. Caught up in the action � win or lose � the princess was ecstatic. The sugar daddy pulled out his wallet and set three hundred-dollar bills on each spot. I still had the true count going: it was a solid +6. "Money-plays!" was called by the dealer and then out came the cards. I got 15, the sugar daddy 10, 11, and 12. The dealer showed a 4. The sugar daddy dug into his wallet and doubled on all three. He then got tens on all three. He was, however, happy, thinking he still had a nice profit. The dealer, of course, pulled a six-card 21. The sugar daddy was now fuming, the pit bosses were smirking, the princess was giddy, and the true count was holding strong at +6.
Each of the three spaces in front of the sugar daddy now contained 500 dollars in cash. The dealer sent out the cards � 20 for me, and for the sugar daddy: 20, blackjack, and blackjack. I thought my ears were going to burst from the princess's shrieking. The dealer had 19, and doled out the chips. The sugar daddy stacked his on top on the cash. The count was at +5. About a deck remained before the cut card. From then on neither me nor the sugar daddy could lose.
As the dealer was shuffling, the sugar daddy was tossing handfuls of chips into his princess's purse. This made the pit bosses crazy. They were frantically rubbernecking, trying to count and jot down what was going over the table. The dealer watched helplessly; this was a low roller-joint and he didn't have any black to color up.
The next shoe looked promising. The count was slightly positive and we were all winning, although the sugar daddy brought his bets down to a relatively modest $200 a spot. Then the dealer won a few, then we won a few, and finally the count nose-dived. Exactly at this point, the princess whined again � fiercely � that she was hungry. The sugar daddy placed three more bets at a hundred dollars each, lost two of them, then stumbled up to leave. His princess latched onto his arm, he latched onto her ass, and the two walked off into the din of slot machines, ignoring the pit boss's desperate offers of hospitality.
It was a beautiful, beautiful act. I feel fortunate to have witnessed it.