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Las Vegas, ok so first night in…

Money converted into chips = 0
Cost to take 0 from the ATM = (must remember to take more out next time)
Hours spent playing blackjack = 3
Hours since woke up (in England) = 28
Value of chips at end of night = 5
Net gain/loss = Minus
Beers drunk = 5
Beer cost each =
Beers bought from bar = 1
Free beer at tables = I had 4 at the table, worth (- for tip per round)
Tip to dealer at end =

Overall gain/loss for the week so far (incl alcohol savings + tips + ATM costs) =
-15 (gambling prize) + 24 (alcohol saving) – 14 (tips) – 6 (for 1st beer) – 4 (ATM) =
Minus (could do better)

Things learned

– If you split 2 aces, you only get one more card for each ace (like doubling)
– Wisconsin is beautiful but full of mosquitos in the summer and snow in the winter. Diane the croupier: "I got tired of shovelling snow in Winconsin so moved to Vegas and ended up shovelling something else instead"
– Insurance in Blackjack is not worth it (I never do and asked if anyone ever does, Diane said "the book says" the odds were too high to make it worth it)

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