You saw, I think, six aces and three neutral cards dealt in one round. Even though you lost that hand, you probably had a very healthy EV. There are several advantage play methods that will allow you to detect and take advantage of situations like this. In the long run you will make a killing if you're willing to learn.
> I did forget to mention where this took place. <
Now that I think about it, you did say you were on a cruise.
It's just that I'd never seen anyone using 1-2-4 before (until the guy sitting next to me at the Gulfport Grand Sunday night); so it was your betting method which jumped out at me to the point I forgot the other details.
I finally left there for a 2-deck pitch game elsewhere (absolutely NO heat -- surprising -- especially since I was able to get the bet up to ten times my base bet a couple of times on good counts), and made a little money.
No, don't ask where. I don't want to poison the well.
Great story blogger.
About 1.5 years ago, I was playing heads up, 2 hands, single deck downtown vegas. After either one or 2 rounds, the deck was rich so I bumped the bets and got 2 BJ's, one on each hand. The count was still up so I rode it out and got 2 more in a row. I was so impresssed with myself, that I asked this page if anyone knew the odds, but never saw a response.
I thought that getting four naturals in one shoe was remarkable, but recently had the pleasure of getting all four aces in a SD game match up with my faces. Of course I was playing heads up with the dealer getting slaughtered until this point.
The dealer said in eight years he had never seen that before. Any ideas on the odds of that happening?
I think some people including myself "assumed" you thought you were playing at an advantage. You are right...the bottom line is to have fun and not lose your ass. It looks like you are doing the right thing.