I was playing a game at which surrender is permitted. Alone at the table, no other players.
A new dealer came on. The first time I surrendered a hand, she paid me half my bet but failed to take the bet away -- in other words, I gained 50% of my bet instead of losing 50%.
I thought she just made a one-time mistake. Of course, I kept the money and said nothing.
When the same thing happened twice more, I realized that she probably didn't understand surrender. She probably was a new dealer, because she dealt slowly, and had trouble adding up soft totals. It was surprising that no one was watching the game. Surveillance must have been asleep, too.
I immediately raised my minimum bet from $25 to $90, wanting to keep under $100 because that is the "cheques play" amount at the casino I was in, and I knew that if the floor lady saw what was happening, she would put an end to it. I started flat betting $90, and surrendering almost every stiff hand, and even a few 17's against aces. The dealer also let me surrender against her aces without checking for a 10 underneath first. The first time I had ever played "early surrender," which is not the surrender rule here. Plus, it was early surrender with a 50% positive expectation!
This went on for about half an hour, with the carnage stopping only for a fill (!!). I was afraid that the floor lady might start paying attention now, but she went away right after the fill.
Then, a ploppy sat down to play. On the very first surrender I made, he pointed out the error to the dealer. The dealer then asked the floor lady about surrender, and was informed of the correct procedure. The dealer looked at me as if I had betrayed her. However, she said nothing. I fortunately had been ratholing my chips, though I was the only " suspect" available for the disappearance of a whole rack of green chips. I thought I'd better get out of there before the floor lady figured out how I had been "winning" so much so quickly, and demanded that I return the money.
I tipped the dealer two green chips and left. I didn't cash in my pockets full of chips. I was scared that the floor lady might have surveillance review the tapes. Obviouly, no one had paid attention the whole time or this would never have happened.
I will have friends slowly cash the chips in over the next several weeks, on different shifts, and I won't play at this casino for a long, long time. I hope no one will think that this was a scam between me and the dealer. I had never seen her before in my life.
I guess I got too greedy. I should have left when the ploppy sat down, but who would ever have thought that even a ploppy could be so stupid? He could have just started surrendering like I was, and "won" a lot of money.
Who ever said a ploppy has no effect on anyone's results?