Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Warming Up to the Double Down

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Warming Up to the Double Down

Article excerpt

The Vicarious Bettor plays off a $100 stake provided by his employer. Each week he wagers a portion of that money and reports the results here.

The game: Double down stud

Session: Casino St. Charles Riverboat

Friday was the first time this fall I had heard the phrase "wind chill factor" used in earnest. The cold snap seemed to take the Casino St. Charles by surprise, too, as it was so cold on the morning session I half expected to see icicles forming on some of the cards.

I found what looked like a real cozy spot, though. There was one open seat at a double down stud table. I pulled in, bet $5 and watched as the dealer gave me a king and proceeded to turn over three nines. Now I was understanding why so many players liked this game.

I was assured of at least a 3-to-1 payoff, so I doubled my bet. …

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