Thursday, December 1 2022

A centuries-old tradition of NBA arena entertainment becomes incredibly frustrated with any fan who fails a game or challenge. Whether it’s a half-court shot that doesn’t even come close to reaching the basket or someone making a terrible guess at trivia, part of the appeal of Jumbotron games is the belief that, if you were ever put in that position, you would succeed and win the prize.

Monday night in Philadelphia, we had an all-time Jumbotron Hall of Shame moment at a casino-sponsored game of blackjack, where the fan simply tried to beat Sixers mascot Franklin, serving as the dealer for a prize. . What happens during this game is something absolutely stupid and awesome.

First of all, hitting 17 against a 7 is definitely not a “perfect” move, but he is somehow rewarded for it with a 3, which is the second best possible result. When I first saw this video I assumed it was going to be the craziest part but then it hit a 20 to the dismay of the arena host, the entire crowd and even Franklin seems to judge him as he slams a jack down. on the table to give the fan 30, which is an incredibly difficult total to achieve in a game of blackjack.

I’ve seen a lot of things at a blackjack table that baffled (and exasperated) me. I saw someone split the 10s four time. I’ve seen people stay on 14 against a face card. But never in my life have I seen anyone reach 20. It’s such a terrible decision that I’m almost in awe of it.


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