2 Chapter 2

Present–

"Benny, please bring the car now. It's time."

The girl shut the phone and she walked to the main door. The maids opened the door for her and she stepped out from the manor. The driver opened the car door and she get into the car.

"Good afternoon, Miss Reina."

"Good afternoon, Benny."

Benny, the driver, took her to the biggest casino in the city, Amethyst Casino. It's a very famous casino and the prize pool is the also the biggest. Many celebrities, famous people went there just to play some games and spend their money. They buy the playing cards from Cardaisseau company, Reina's company and almost all the Golden Deck income came from the Amethyst Casino. Today she comes to the casino to check whether they need to order more cards from the company. The car stopped at the lobby and she stepped out of the car.

Benny lowered the car's window and said "Miss! I'll be back here at 5 p.m. right here."

"Yes.��

The driver drove away and Reina walked into the casino. The manager of the casino approached her as soon as he saw her.

"Miss Reina, it's such a pleasure meeting you again. Come with me, please."

The manager led the way to his office and once they're inside the room, he gave her a file. She received the file and read it carefully.

"So, Miss Reina, we need 1000 new golden decks for this month and 500 special decks from your company. The payment will be sent tonight and we wish to receive it in 3 days."

"We will prepare it and I'll make sure that the decks will arrive on time. I'm waiting for the payment and please inform me when the decks have arrived."

"Yes, Miss Reina. Such a pleasure to business with you." The manager extended his hand, asking for a handshake.

Reina took the hand and smiled slightly. She took the file with her and walked outside the manager's office. She walked to the casino area and sat at one of the slot machines. She put some money inside and pulls the handle. Maybe it's not her lucky day and she left the slot machines area. She walked to the counter and buy $5000 chips. The staff gave her a small bag for her chips then she goes to the blackjack table.

"Reina Cardaisseau."

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Reina turned around and a male figure approached her. It's the famous actor, Daimon Vincent. He put his hand around Reina's waist and pulled her closer.

"Daimon." She greeted him coldly.

"Don't be so cold, Reina. You look so pretty tonight."

Daimon kissed her cheek which makes Reina pushed him away. She crossed her arms in front of her chest.

"What do you want?"

"Will you gamble with me?"

It's been a while since someone invited her to gamble. She smiled as she nodded.

"Very well, what are we going to play?"

"I see that you're about to play Blackjack, so, why don't we play Blackjack?"

"Great idea and here's the deal. If you lose, you must date me, be my girlfriend."

"And if I win, you need to pay me $10,000 and be my company ambassador. Oh, also you need to leave the casino while carrying the clothes that you're wearing right now."

"Agree." He smirked.

They walked to the blackjack table and she sat next to him. It's a match between her and Daimon. No one can interrupt or join the game while they play.

"Miss Reina and Sir Daimon. I, Juliana will be your dealer for today and how many round will you play?"

"3 rounds." Reina answered.

"Do you agree with Miss Reina, Sir Daimon?"

"Anything for my lady."

"Place your bets, please."

Reina put 5 black chips worth $500 and so does Daimon.

The dealer took a golden deck and showed it to both Reina and Daimon. It's a new deck that's still sealed and it's the deck that they will use to play the game. The dealer ripped the seal and took out the card. She shuffled the card and placed one card in front of Reina and it shows 5 hearts then the dealer placed one card in front of Daimon and it shows King of Spades. The dealer placed on card in front of her and it's 9 diamonds.

"I'm placing the next card." said the dealer.

She placed a 7 clubs in front of Reina, 6 hearts and the last card, the dealer's card is not revealed. The dealer faced Reina and smiled warmly,

"Now, Miss Reina, what's your decision?"

"Hit."

Hit in Blackjack means that the player asking for another card. Blackjack itself is a game where the player attempts to beat the dealer by getting a count as close to 21 as possible, without going over 21.

The dealer took another card and placed it in front of Reina. The card shows 9 of hearts. The dealer then revealed her other card and it's 10 of spades. Reina managed to get 21 and the dealer only get 19. Reina is the winner for the first round against the dealer.

���Congratulation, Miss Reina, you win this round."

The dealer handed 5 black chips to Reina and she piled it up with the rest of her chips. It's Daimon's turn now. The dealer faced Daimon and she placed one card in front of her, a King of Clubs and the other card is not revealed.

"What's your decision, Sir Daimon?"

"Hit, of course."

The dealer placed a card in front of him and it's 7 of hearts. His cards go over 21 and he loses the game. The dealer revealed her hand and it's 3 of clubs. The dealer then draws another card and it's 4 of spades. Since the dealer's hand is 17, the closest to 21, she won the game. The dealer took Daimon's chips and put it aside.

"It looks like the lady of luck is smiling on you, Reina."

"Maybe."

Daimon moved his face closer to Reina's ears and whispered, "But maybe the next round, I will win the game. So prepare yourself to be Daimon's mistress or shall I call you Mrs.Reina Vincent?"

Reina pushed him coldly and shook her head. She looked confident and she knew that she would win the game easily against him. Besides, she is the Gamble Queen just like her mother. Everyone knows that she never lose a single game and blackjack is not a big deal for her since she know the strategy of this game. The bulk of basic strategy is common to all blackjack games, with most rule variations calling for changes in only a few situations. For example, to use the table above on a game with the stand on soft 17 rule (which favors the player, and is typically found only at higher-limit tables today) only 6 cells would need to be changed: hit on 11 vs. A, hit on 15 vs. A, stand on 17 vs. A, stand on A,7 vs. 2, stand on A,8 vs. 6, and split on 8,8 vs. A. Regardless of the specific rule variations, taking insurance or "even money" is never the correct play under basic strategy. That's why she's certain that she will win the game.

The dealer took a new deck and ripped the seal then she shuffled it.

"Now, let's begin round two."