About two months ago the hammer came down on us at the Mirage and we were backed off from playing blackjack there. In all honesty we kind of brought it up on ourselves. We had hit the joint just the day before and made about a $2000 withdrawal in about an hour. There was no heat from the floor but obviously the "eye" captured everything. It just seemed so easy and since there no heat from the floor we thought we would could do another hit and run on them. I guess the Mirage is tired of being picked on, because they had no tolerance for us on the second go round.
We are at a DD $25 table. The Mirage has a pretty good game there with good deck penetration. If an AP is not greedy and has good cover, the place is very exploitable for a seasoned AP with a bankroll. It's one of those place you have to hit fast and hard and get out -- and don't come back for awhile. Obviously, we did not follow those words.
We sit down and start playing. Right away the deck goes positive and we start pounding hard. Our bet spreads our $50 up to $300 and everything in between. There's no heat whatsoever -- the PB's are barely paying attention. Now in most places these types of bet spread will warrant some notice from the PB -- but at the Mirage on this day it felt like we had the green light on them to make another sizable withdrawal. Obviously we were very wrong.
We are about 15 minutes into our session with our noses wide open when a "guido" looking guy in his 40's wearing a dark suit comes over to talk to us. He clearly was not in a good mood and was annoyed at even having to deal with us. His speech was short and simple: Gentleman, we have made a decision. You are no longer allowed to play blackjack at the Mirage." He then walked away. Game over. Time to collect our chips and cash out.
In retrospect we probably deserved this tossing. Just being too greedy as an AP usually leads to problems. We should have never gone back there the second time in such a short time period. While I don't think our bet spreads were any threat to the casino bottom line, I do think this back off was more of a "disrespect" back off -- meaning that you picked on us before, we know what you were up to, and that's not going to happen again.
I do find it amazing how a place like the Mirage views card counters as such a threat. That place takes huge action everyday in all of kinds of table games, including blackjack. For them to run us out of there because we had a 6x bet spread from $50-$300 is amusing. One would think that the "small" players such as ourselves could fly below the radar in the joint. Apparently skilled blackjack players are not welcome, especially ones who vary their bets.
We are probably done at the Mirage for awhile -- at least 6 months. But we will return as we always do. As long as they offer a good blackjack game like that $25 DD, we know we just can't stay away forever.