"crimper" puts a very slight bend on the
corners of cards he wants to remember for the purposes
of future recognition. Players tend to mangle cards
anyway without any malicious intent. For this reason,
and to prevent the use of the above methods, many
casinos will introduce new cards at the beginning
of every shoe.
"Peeking" involves collusion between a dealer
and player when the dealer pulls the first card halfway
out of the shoe and flashes the corner to a player
across the table, who bets accordingly. Sometimes
the dealer is sloppy and does this without realizing
it. With or without dealer compliance, the player
has only a split second to get his bet down.
why if Venus bet on blackjack, she would be a sucker.
But if she could get an amateur player to put up money
against her in a tennis match, she would be a genius.
The difference lies in the fact that blackjack is
not a contest between two opponents, but a game of
chance that merely presents the player with certain
options for dealing with those chances. Is it possible
to be skilled at the game? Yes, but that skill is
never matched against another person as it is in tennis;
it is matched against a probability-driven game.
As every gambler knows, that game is designed to slowly
bankrupt the player over the long run. Many of us
enjoyed reading about the crack squad of MIT students
who beat casino blackjack' with elaborate operations
more reminiscent of a Mission Impossible episode than
gambling, and card counting can yield occasional statistical
advantages to a player. But when a person plays blackjack
or any other table game the way the house allows him
to, the best he can hope to do is hold down the house's
advantage by playing perfectly.