Hey, I'm not a counter but I get the same reaction everytime I hit the soft 18 against 9-Ace. But the kicker for me was last week while I was playing at Gold Strike in Tunica, this dealer virtually STOPPED the game to give a lesson on insurance. He was adamant that if the player has a good hand that it was the correct mathmatical play to make to take the insurance. Now, I realize that if you count, there are times to take insurance, but someone like myself that doesn't and only plays Basic Strategy NEVER takes insurance, under any situation.
Now, if I'm wrong here, let me have it. Afterall, I will BELIEVE you guys...I know you know the game better than 99% of dealers today.
Don't always just believe anybody. Intelligently, but politely, always ask for the reasons when they aren't clear. (I'm still smarting from embarrassment of my intial above post in this thread.)
I also like the players that have a soft 17 and NEVER would hit it, even against the dealers Ace.
Yes, it is mathmatically correct to hit both soft 17 and soft 18 even in basic strategy when the dealer has a strong upcard because that ace is so flexible that your chances of improving the hand, or at least drawing a ten which will leave the hand the same outweigh the chances of weakening the hand or even eventually busting. (Although the requisite winching and admonishments of the dealer and other players are almost unavoidable.)
I think you guys call these players ploppies? By the way, WHAT does ploppies mean? Please don't laugh.
There was a thread recently on Greenchip discussing this. Frank Scoblete first coined the phrase. I got into an argument with a certain vampire about the veracity of Scoblete in that thread. I hold much disdain for Scoblete for his allegiance to "hot" craps shooters and his weak and unsound method of determining them along with his romantic writings aimed at pandering ploppies for the casinos' sake in a casino biased publication. (BTW, join Greenchip.)
But, I digress.
A ploppy is one who plops his butt down at the table, plops his money out, and proceeds to wager on superstition, hunch, or some other form of voodoo.
The good advantage player loves the ploppy. He realizes that the money he takes from the casino essentually comes from this guy, so he forgives him for his bitching about said advantage player's splitting nines and taking dealer's bust card.
God bless the ploppy, for I shall inherit his fortune.
(I'm learning as you can see)
Looks to me like you are doing that quite well.
Didn't you just spell that backwards last time?
P.S. I still hit soft 18's and don't take insurance. And I just call these players "suckers".
Ploppies or suckers. Six or half a dozen.