Ray Andrews

Blackjack Romance - Poem by Ray Andrews

Palpable cigarette smoke filling my nostrils
And molodically chirping slot machines
Calling all customers
As I walk into a dark casino

My eyes adjust and I notice some
Blackjack tables using one deck; nobody
Notices this new player who sits down quietly
At a one deck game and declines a
Free cocktail from a scantily dressed beauty

Quite soon there are three players remaining
The other two are speaking in a foreign tongue
The cards are fluidly dealt; the two speak more rapidly
As we approach the end of the deck

Their speech becomes very excited by the end of the deck
They play as one, betting two hundred dollars and
Are dealt a Blackjack; the dealer has an ace showing

Just a few cards remain in the deck
Should they take the insurance bet?
They are debating I'm sure

I guess they are counting, keeping count out loud, undetected
Discussion continues in their language
The dealer impatiently urges them on

I take it in with a racing heart, as if their wager was mine
Players and dealer on edge
A loud roar from a neaby crap table-nobody here flinches

The discussion continues for several minutes
No paper with figures, no calculators, just noise.
If they are counters and know the unexposed cards, they'll know their move

Do they know the strategy? Do they know the cards? I think they do

They take the bet and stand. One hundred dollars on whether the dealer's down card is a ten. The dealer flips his bottom card- a ten. The hands are the same, no payoff there.
But the two men win two hundred dollars on the insurance wager.
They quickly leave.

Blackjack romance blooms in my heart

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  • (1/7/2006 8:46:00 PM)

    This was great! I've only been to a casino once and you definitely hit the nail on the head with the ''smoke'' reference. Whew! I could barely breath in that place! But, it was worth it cause we had lots of fun! Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 24, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 24, 2005

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