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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:47 pm 
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Not a lot of info on this on here from what I can tell, so for those who are interested here's some gambling info I've gathered . . .

I recently got back from a trip where I gambled a bunch...

DEL REY

Obviously, my fav place because of the scenery. There is rummy, canasta (like roulette, but with ping pong balls in a bin that gets shaken up), and another poker-type game I didn't pay much attention to. I think rummy was 6 decks, they cut to about 1 deck. Games are dealt from a shoe. All the normal rummy rules.

The dealers here are very good and VERY fast. My favorite part about it must be the one big American pit boss. He always looks angry and hung over but he's a nice guy. He's also a hawk. On the 3 occasions where the dealer tried to overpay me, he stopped her.

Also something cool here is that you can order from the full menu at the table. I've never eaten arroz con pollo at a blackjack table before. (And I only spilled it once.)

They have a 2 drink policy here...so you get 2 free drinks if you sit down and play. After that, you pay for the drinks. The drink girl is nice and quick.

Don't worry about girls bothering you while you play -- they keep their distance, presumably because they have to. Aside from maybe hanging around near the pit area and the occasional glance, they pretty much just pretend you're not there. (Which may be good or bad...)

When I was here, there was NO blackjack, only rummy. You can look up the difference between the two, but suffice it to say that the basic strategy is NOT the same as in blackjack. The most notable difference is that a normal blackjack gets paid even money, which compensates for the rummy bonuses. Another big difference is that rummy tables typically have the dealer stand on soft 17.

I played here until around 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday and they shut things down and kicked me out. So it's not 24 hours. But it was busy most of the time when I was there.

COLONIAL

Colonial is just down the street from the Del Rey, and I usually start my night there. This place DOES have blackjack -- both from a shoe and from an automatic shuffler. This is a larger casino with more games (including rummy, canasta, craps, and tute), as well as a lot of slots. One downside of BJ here is that they don't allow doubling after splitting. (The pit boss tried to convince me that this was normal for every BJ game everywhere, which it is obviously not.) This significantly increases the house edge (and makes the game less fun).

BTW, at both places you can buy in for USD or colones. I was almost always playing a lot ($20-$100 a hand) more than everyone else at the table. I think the min is 2k colones, and most people play 2k-10k colones.

Also, at every rummy and BJ table I have been at in Costa Rica they offer surrender, which I like.

Also BTW, most players here are absolutely horrible at these games.

HORSESHOE

The Horsehoe casino (catty corner to the HDR) does not have table games, so I did not play there.

OTHERS

I've been to Fiesta by the airport, some other dinky casino near the Gulch, etc., but I don't remember enough about them now to say anything.

I've also been to Croc's in Jaco, which is a modern, nice casino, but it pays 6:5 on blackjack which is no bueno. But you're basically a captive audience in Jaco if you want to gamble. I did not like gambling at the Cocal (where they only have rummy, no blackjack if I remember correctly). Croc's has baccarat, craps, and a couple of other games that you won't find in most casinos. They also have very quick and very good drink service, but their table games only operate in the late afternoon/evening. It gets hopping certain nights though. This is certainly the most modern/American style casino in Costa Rica (that I know of).

SPORTS BETS IN SJO

I've heard that you can make sports bets at the Del Rey, but I haven't ever done that. I usually try to find someone at Z2 to place a bet with. This time I did that, and when I couldn't find anyone one day I went over to SL. Rudy (nice guy) is taking bets there now. Very quick to pay you when you win, and I highly recommend betting through this book. I trust these guys 100%.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:29 pm 
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Good summary and helpful especially for those who do not gamble much.
Next time you are in SJ try out the new Taormina Hotel Casino and the Holiday Inn Aurora Casino and give us your opinion on them.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2024 3:55 am 
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That American pit boss sounds like a character straight out of a movie! And ordering from the full menu at the table? Genius move. Nothing beats chowing down on some arroz con pollo while playing cards. Plus, kudos on only spilling it once! It's refreshing to hear that the atmosphere is laid-back and not too crowded with distractions. And thanks for the heads up on the differences between rummy and blackjack. Definitely something to keep in mind for anyone planning a trip there. Have you ever tried online casinos? I've been exploring some lately, and there's this one I stumbled upon called https://pafikalsel.org/. It's got a great selection and some sweet bonuses. Might be worth checking out if you're ever in the mood for some virtual fun.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2024 3:03 pm 
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Keep in mind the post(s) you are responding to are over 7 years old. Things are quite different now, especially in regard to the Del Rey. Search the forum for current info on San Jose gaming.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 3:42 pm 
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And for those of you that do not gamble very often especially Blackjack you need to educate yourself a little bit about this.

I was at the Cocal in Jaco and watched some of the Blackjack games and was curious as to how you could win at this.

Without going into a lot of detail there is something called Standard Blackjack Strategy. If you google it you will find a 1000 Youtube videos and how tos. That is not the point.

Playing Standard Blackjack Strategy which means if you know and play the correct play EVERY single time the house has a .5 percent advantage. This is if you play perfect and always hit, stand, bet, etc by the accepted standard blackjack strategy that is mathematically proven.

Now to the good part for you to have even that chance it means the house has to pay 3:2 on blackjacks. That means if you get a blackjack they pay you 150% of your bet. They do NOT do this at the Cocal they pay you even money. This means that if you were still to play perfect you are probably giving the house a 10% advantage. Now if you do not know or play the standard blackjack strategy you are giving the house anywhere from a 10 to 30% advantage. You should just hand them your money and walk away.

In just an hour of watching I saw 10,000 dollars from six or eight players just get handed to the house.

Its your money just dont call it gambling just call it a donation if you do not educate yourself.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 10:39 pm 
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Now to the good part for you to have even that chance it means the house has to pay 3:2 on blackjacks. That means if you get a blackjack they pay you 150% of your bet. They do NOT do this at the Cocal they pay you even money. This means that if you were still to play perfect you are probably giving the house a 10% advantage. Now if you do not know or play the standard blackjack strategy you are giving the house anywhere from a 10 to 30% advantage. You should just hand them your money and walk away.



wow, & I thought the 6/5 games we now have in Vegas are bad. The 3/2 games are few & far between these days.

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