First a bit of background....
I've read books on basic BJ strategy. In general I don't remember the advice and since I live in LA I don't play that often. I also like to drink. So only the simplest of counting systems would work for me. Its basically +1 for 2-7, nothing for 8 or 9, and -1 for face cards as well as -2 for aces. I attempt to account for how far into the deck I am, and generally start with a $10 bet off the top, drop down to $5 in negative counts, and progress my bets by $5 for every +2 in the count. I really have no idea if this counting actually works, but its fun and its the only one I've been able to learn. It does seem that I have hit many more BJ's in positive counts, particularly when highly positive. I've used this for about 6-7 years....maybe 100 sessions at BJ. I have no idea if I win or lose, and generaly just play for fun. No ones ever complained about it and I've spread as much as 1 hand at $5 to two hands at $60. I'm blatant about it. I should note that I only play in Vegas and that Slots O Fun did go from a DD dealer giving 90% pen to a dealer dealing two hands off a DD.
So last Thursday me and my buddy went to 4 Queens for a $6.99 prime rib and then over to ElCo for some decent BJ. I sat down at an empty DD game with a $5 min, bought in for $200 and went to it. Ordered a Corona and the pit critter-lady took my players card. Dealer was going 80% in and I was damm skippy about that. After about 20 minutes or so another pit critter came along. He did not replace the other pit critter but rather sort of eagle eyed my play. At the time I was in a sick minus gazillion deck that stayed at that. So I had flat bet $10 off the top and bet $5 the rest of the way. Pit critter was still eyeing my play, and I really thought nothing of it. I didn't ever thing anyone cared about someone betting at these levels. So anyway, a few mediocre decks and I get a great count off the top. Like 15 babies or something. Anywho, I start escalating my bets and get a +11 with like 40% of the deck left(so like +6). I throw down $30 and lose and the count goes to a true +12. I throw down a $40 bet and get dealt 20 while the dealer gets an Ace showing. I take insurance. I lose. The dealer pulls up like Ace2 and a couple more babies for a nutcrushing 21. I hear eagle eyed pit critter comment to a now 3rd pit critter that "he got very unlucky". At this point I was 4 Coronas deep and couldn't have cared less.
I weep inside and still throw down $35 because of a decent count. I hit a BJ to salvage something. Next hand is uneventful and dealer collects the deck. At that point I put out my typical $10 off the top bet and the eagle eyed pit critter walks over and points at my bet and says "Thats your maximum bet from now on". I ask him if he is serious. He says yes, and I rack up and leave.
Frankly, its not that big of a loss. I'm a very good long term winning poker player and quiting BJ and craps would probably do me a lot of good(but they are so darn fun). However, I am kinda disapointed to get a bad name at what is probably the best DD game left in Vegas. I dunno, I guess I could provide cover(drinking multiple Coronas isn't enough?), but it seems rather ridiculous to do that as a $5 min player.