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arbster

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KasinoKing said:
Why am I not surprised? I'm starting to really, really hate BlackJack!
(I hope we hear from one of the mathematicians, what are the odds of blowing 50 in just 100 of BJ wagering!)
Don't have a problem with this one - min stake for SD BJ is 10, so it only needs a little variance to lose the 50. The variance went the other way for the second batch of wagering.
 

Mut3

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Just another thumbs up for Harrods (altough I don't like their software much).

I cashed out about 170 pounds in a couple hours after my first deposit and I got them in my neteller account in less than 12 hours.
I hate long waiting for cash outs (like CON) sao this was refreshing.

I must admit I liked the odds I was getting too, even though it was quite streaky (had 11 losses in a row ,as well as about 11 wins) but I ended up winning. I would like if they offered lower bets for their single deck too.

Overall, I have to say that I hope for more casinos featuring Kismet Software.
And I signed up for the promotions e-mails after seeing these nice promotions trhey had.
 

jetset

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Huh?

QUOTE: Just another thumbs up for Harrods (altough I don't like their software much).UNQUOTE

Same post:

QUOTE: Overall, I have to say that I hope for more casinos featuring Kismet Software.UNQUOTE

?
 

mitch

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Harrods are offering another great and unusual promotion for Valentines day.

For the next five days, if you are playing Roulette or Blackjack, everytime 14 is rolled or is dealt to the dealer (first 2 cards) then the player receives a bonus equal to the lowest bet placed in the previous 5 plays. :)

Maximum bonus is 100, but even so, on Blackjack the player has a huge edge (perhaps Grandmaster can quantify it exactly) even on roulette the player has an advantage.

This is one of the most generous offers I have ever seen and :thumbsup: to Harrods for being prepared to offer it.

Perhaps I should send a Valentine to the Casino Manager, mind you he is called Walter and I don't think I am prepared to 'switch sides' yet even for 100 ;).

Mitch
 
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Lyngutt

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I make it out to be 1 extra unit in every 14 units of play :eek2:

But then again, Im not entirely sober, nor experienced with these calculations ;)

Edit: alcohol :notworthy
 
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GrandMaster

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mitch said:
Harrods are offering another great and unusual promotion for Valentines day.

For the next five days, if you are playing Roulette or Blackjack, everytime 14 is rolled or is dealt to the dealer (first 2 cards) then the player receives a bonus equal to the lowest bet placed in the previous 5 plays. :)

Maximum bonus is 100, but even so, on Blackjack the player has a huge edge (perhaps Grandmaster can quantify it exactly) even on roulette the player has an advantage.

This is one of the most generous offers I have ever seen and :thumbsup: to Harrods for being prepared to offer it.

Perhaps I should send a Valentine to the Casino Manager, mind you he is called Walter and I don't think I am prepared to 'switch sides' yet even for 100 ;).

Mitch
The BJ promotion sounds extremely good. Do you get the bonus whether you win or lose? Do you get to see the dealers hole card even if you bust? Assuming that the answers to these questions are "yes", the probability of the dealer getting a hard 14 is about 1 in 13, so if you flat bet, this promotion gives about 7.7% advantage compared to the usual rules. Deducting the house edge, you have about 7.4% advantage. If you get a bonus on soft 14, too, then the advantage rises to nearly 10%. I think to open an account at Harrods Casino.

The roulette promotion is less exciting. If you flat bet, it just compensates for the house edge in European roulette. If you get 1/2 of you stake back on even money bets when the ball lands on 0, then you have a slight advantage, 1.35% on these bets.
 

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GrandMaster said:
The BJ promotion sounds extremely good. Do you get the bonus whether you win or lose? Do you get to see the dealers hole card even if you bust? Assuming that the answers to these questions are "yes", the probability of the dealer getting a hard 14 is about 1 in 13, so if you flat bet, this promotion gives about 7.7% advantage compared to the usual rules. Deducting the house edge, you have about 7.4% advantage. If you get a bonus on soft 14, too, then the advantage rises to nearly 10%. I think to open an account at Harrods Casino.
Could you please explain to me how you got those figures? I cant seem to get the same results, which is obviously an error on my behalf :notworthy

Edit: No problem, I got it :thumbsup:

Cheers
 

arbster

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GrandMaster said:
I think to open an account at Harrods Casino.
Save yourself the pain. Just played 196 10 SD BJ hands chasing the 10 dealer starting hands of 14 for the max 100 bonus. Final result, down 27.5 units, for an overall loss of 175, if you include the bonus I am owing.

This was the home of the "magic 21", and I managed to win only 50% of double downs. Probably the most unpleasant game of Blackjack I've had in a long time, and as a frequenter of Chartwell casinos that's saying something :(
 

vinylweatherman

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Harrods

I have played a little there. I bust out of the dealer BJ promotion. I deposited and lost the first CONSECUTIVE 15 hands!! of the next 15 or so I won less than half a dozen. I was well down on the event and got only 22.5 bonus. (I was on 5 credit level stakes). I am increasingly worried about the online Blackjack games as I never seem to be able to play anywhere near the house edge as quoted. While it is in 'the long term', it is only Microgaming that seems to give me the equally unlikely runs of 20 consecutive wins & pushes to match the losing runs. I am also concerned at the seemingly large number of pushed hands I get, even on 19-21. I'm sure that customer support don't tell the whole truth about the software. Harrods assure me I am just really unlucky this time!
 

Lyngutt

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This promotion turned out nicely for me. I got 101 14s in 1215 units of play (yes, Im a whimp :eek: ), ending up 34.50, not counting the bonus.

Anyway, well done Harrod's! You've become my favourite online casino by far! :thumbsup:
 

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Not all are impressed

Hi Lyngut,

Congrats on your success with Harrods.

I myself have to side with vinyl on the impression that Harrods software gave me.

Some have to win and some have to lose, I know, but when I played them I felt completely taken to the cleaners. It was the first time with Kismet software for me and I will darn make sure that its the last time too.

I did not play the Valentine promo, but I played them on the match 50 - 50 BSP intro.

I got cleaned out in a hurry. Flat betting 2 pounds per hand, after just about 70 hands I was already down to my deposit level. Frustrated by my feeling of being cheated I went all in and lost.

At one time I was foolish enough to play the Oyster software, Netgaming was the casino, the first one out of the gang I think, and the software was then known, if memory serves, as Elka Systems The Russian Contraption. At least there, on a $200 - $200 USD match, I ended up, flat betting at $5 per hand, cashing in $290.

This is not based, or backed with any math or research, but as far as smelling a rat, or just plain feeling bluntly cheated, imoho they compare. But of course Harrods is polished with a good look, good CSR and on-time payouts.

Regards,

Thatch
 

LionelC

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Thatchatch said:
Hi Lyngut,

Congrats on your success with Harrods.

I myself have to side with vinyl on the impression that Harrods software gave me.

Some have to win and some have to lose, I know, but when I played them I felt completely taken to the cleaners. It was the first time with Kismet software for me and I will darn make sure that its the last time too.

I did not play the Valentine promo, but I played them on the match 50 - 50 BSP intro.

I got cleaned out in a hurry. Flat betting 2 pounds per hand, after just about 70 hands I was already down to my deposit level. Frustrated by my feeling of being cheated I went all in and lost.

At one time I was foolish enough to play the Oyster software, Netgaming was the casino, the first one out of the gang I think, and the software was then known, if memory serves, as Elka Systems The Russian Contraption. At least there, on a $200 - $200 USD match, I ended up, flat betting at $5 per hand, cashing in $290.

This is not based, or backed with any math or research, but as far as smelling a rat, or just plain feeling bluntly cheated, imoho they compare. But of course Harrods is polished with a good look, good CSR and on-time payouts.

Regards,

Thatch
Ah, you have to watch out for those tilts.
I'm not going to do the math but losing 25 units in 70 hands is not surprising, just variance. Just bad luck this time.
I for one played the SD bj @ 25 and ended up 10 units plus the bonus.
Harrods seems to be a good casino with decent software and games and great promos.
Better luck next time
 

arbster

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Losing 25 units in 70 hands is roughly -2.6 standard deviations, if I have my calculations correct. Not impossible, but certainly on the improbable side.

As I previously posted, I lost my signup deposit+bonus in 8 10 hands at single deck blackjack here.

CS is definitely good though, as one might expect from Harrods.
 

mitch

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Hi folks

Been in the States for a time ( not Las Vegas unfortunately ). On my return I found a few emails from Walter Gordon @ Harrods offering various promotions, but only can play for the last one which expired today.

It's the usual great offer from Harrods however, deposit 50, gamble 500 and they will reimburse losses upto 50.

This is a fantastic offer for players, I have just played and won more than 100.

You have to be really unlucky or a stupid gambler to lose on this offer.

Just regret I wasn't able to take advantage of the other promotions I missed whilst in the USA.

Still, I look forward to more great promotions from Harrods. I really think this is the best Casino out there due to its generous odds on the games and its inventive promotions which encourage you to try games which you wouldn't otherwise bother with and still have the advantage.

Of course I like 32Red, W.Hill ( just won over 100 at W. Hilll tonight so it's not just the money ) and Inter et al but they don,t offer the variety of promotions Harrods do which makes gambling interesting which is a key feature for me.

Any views out there?

Mitch
 

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mitch said:
Any views out there?
Mitch
Welcome back to blighty!
I'm with you mate! Seems we play the same casinos - and I agree Harrords is top-notch!
I only signed up with them in January this year, but have already benefited from about 5-6 of their great promo's, which they have nearly every week!

Couldn't make any profit from this latest one though - went well past the WR (to about 900 I think), but I just could not get well into the black. Ended up losing my 50 deposit, but of course, I will get that back! :thumbsup:
(I hope this means I was unlucky, and not your other option... ;) )

I agree with other posters concerns about their Blackjack. But that's no surprise really, because everywhere I play BJ I get such crap that I think ALL sites are 'dodgy' at best! :(
 
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O-3

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gfkostas said:
Btw they claim to have roulette with no maximum limit.Shouldn't martingale break the bank?

Must be some sort of catch there considering roulette is a beatable game without table limits.
 

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O-3 said:
Must be some sort of catch there considering roulette is a beatable game without table limits.
????
are you smoking something?

even with no limits, the EV of martingale is zero.

cripes.

And how do you beat a randomized ball going round?
 

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This martingale cr@p comes up every week. I always argue against it by imagining two people "martingaling" on a roulette wheel. One plays red and the other black. Who wins..... the casino :lolup: :lolup:
 

mitch

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KasinoKing said:
Welcome back to blighty!
:(
Cheers mate.

I see that you have changed your avatar whilst I have been away. I must admit I prefered your 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Pussy' avatar to your current one and I always think it is a mistake to show your actual image on the net!

Who ate all the pies? You obviously. ;)

Mitch

" win don't gamble "
 

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