by Michael Dalton
The key to success for many blackjack card counters is the act. It is the very essence to the artwork of twenty-one. It is what distinguishes the common card counter who has hassle discovering recreation and the blackjack knowledgeable who manages to make the sport good.
A participant as soon as informed me that he gave up card counting as a result of each time he raised his guess the seller would shuffle up on him and intimidate him by attempting to deal sooner. If this participant had used some widespread sense and never acted so clearly like a card counter he most likely would have been left alone. card counter ought to have the ability to sustain with the quickest seller, nonetheless, in case you are having points with this, here’s a tip: Just play your hand slower and take into consideration each choice. Don’t let the seller dictate the pace of the sport! To achieve success at twenty-one you not solely have to have the ability to rely playing cards it’s essential to develop a novel type of play that’s completely different from what the casinos are on the lookout for.
CARD COUNTERS DON’T DRINK
All books suggest that gamers not drink. All casinos notice that consuming impacts judgment and card counting and consuming don’t combine. Therefore, gamers who drink usually are not a risk to the on line casino and extra doubtless than not they’re most popular to your common participant.
I additionally suggest that you just don’t drink if you play however nobody ever mentioned you couldn’t fake to drink. I’ll usually order a Heineken or darkish bottle beer solely to empty 95% of its contents out and refill it with water. This completes my full gambler/vacationer act. It doesn’t value a lot since you’ll be able to all the time refill your beer bottle with water. Just don’t strive carrying your beer bottle from on line casino to on line casino. You may get arrested!
EARLY MORNING PLAY
Many card counters want to play early within the morning (3-6AM) as a result of they have an inclination to get higher video games and there are much less crowds. However, most casinos additionally notice this. If your schedule requires early morning play, strive not grooming your self if you get up. In different phrases, don’t shave or bathe. From the on line casino’s level of view, you’ll seem like a participant that has stayed up all evening and thus much less of a risk. Some gamers push this to an excessive! I as soon as bumped into an fellow card counter who tried to dam seats whereas smoking, consuming and primarily performing like an fool.
One give-away that you could be be a counter is that you just sit quietly and stare on the playing cards. You have to recover from this! A look is all that must be essential to precisely decide up the rely. You must be counting playing cards as effectively as doable – counting playing cards in teams of 2, 3 or extra and canceling playing cards out. For minus counts, by no means suppose “minus X”. Always suppose “my X” or one thing easier. It is shorter and extra environment friendly. If you get distracted for some cause, have a technique to “lock in” the rely. Using chips or a chip location has labored for me.
ALWAYS BE FRIENDLY
Probably the most effective recommendation I can provide to extend longevity within the on line casino is the flexibility to speak with different gamers, the seller and pit personnel whereas precisely holding the rely and taking part in completely. For extra concepts on placing on the proper “act” be sure you learn The Blackjack Player’s Guide to Idiot Camouflage and Ian Andersen’s book below.
Ian Andersen’s Burning the Tables in Las Vegas (First published 1999)
Why? This was the long awaited sequel to one of the best-selling blackjack books ever written, Turning the Tables on Las Vegas. Included powerful camouflage strategies to avoid detection by casino staff while card counting.
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Originally printed (partly) within the Summer 1992 difficulty of Blackjack Review Magazine