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and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Friday, April 23, 2010

Are You a Ploppy?

If you are coming to Las Vegas and planning to gamble, you need to ask yourself if you are a ploppy. 

So what is a ploppy?  Ploppy is a term coined by gambling author Frank Scoblete to describe a typical, uninformed gambler.  If you play casino games with a substantial house edge (like keno, the big wheel, slots), you are a ploppy.  If you play casino games that require some amount of skill or learning (like blackjack, poker), but you have not made so much as an effort develop your skills or learning of the game, you are a ploppy.  Casinos exist mainly because of ploppies.  Without ploppies, most casinos would be out of business!  For the most part, Las Vegas casinos (especially those on the Strip) are filled with ploppies.

Over the past 20 years the term ploppy has been mostly associated with blackjack players who have no clue what they doing and make complete asses of themselves at the table.  So for the purposes of this blog, I will focus on the game of blackjack.

If you are planning to visit Las Vegas and play blackjack, take the following "quiz."  Read each statement and check off if the statement applies to your knowledge or perceptions of blackjack.  If you even check off even one of the following statements, you are a considered a ploppy and need to do some research and studying about blackjack before you play.  Ready to go?

_____ You do not understand the difference between 6/5 Blackjack as opposed to 3/2 Blackjack.

_____ You play 6/5 Blackjack as opposed to 3/2 Blackjack.

_____ You play Blackjack where the cards are shuffled by a continuous auto-shuffler machine.

_____ You have never studied or taken the time to learn Blackjack basic strategy.

_____ You think that the dealer has some control over what cards are dealt.

_____ You think the position of the card cut determines whether you win or lose.

_____ You think the playing strategies of other players cause you to frequently lose.

_____ You think there are “lucky” seats at the table that get better cards.

_____ When dealt a 10 and 6 (16) against a dealer 10, you hit or stand based on a “hunch” or “gut feeling.”

_____ You do not understand what insurance is when a dealer has an Ace up.

_____ You think that card counting is memorizing all the cards that have been dealt.

Like I said, if you checked off even one of the statements above, you are a ploppy.  You need to do some studying and research about the game of blackjack before you play.  Remember, ploppies are the life blood of the casino.  Don't be a ploppy.

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