reader named Fritz says: Generally I pay little attention
to other players at the table, but now and then something
attracts my attention and I watch more closely. I
often detect a fellow card counter. What catches my
attention? Pullback of large bets at the shuffle!
Here are my suggestions for various ways to handle
this situation without attracting un-wanted attention.
1. Let the bet ride and suffer the consequences.
2. Occasionally pull back a large bet and replace
it with a smaller one, not necessarily your minimum.
3. Replace a big bet with a small one, and then add
another chip after the cut. This can give the impression
you think it is a good cut and this will be your lucky
4. Replace your bet with a stack as tall or taller,
but of smaller chips and thus of less total value.
5. Pull back your bet and use the pause in action
to restack all of your chips as if counting your money.
6. Take your bet back at every shuffle, and make a
new bet only after the cards are cut and ready to
7. Leave the table.
the nut flush puts you in the lead, and you can bet
and raise for value. Of course, you have to back off
if the board pairs. High boards are great because
you won't split the pot, and low boards are usually
pretty good too, since you will often have low-hand
possibilities with your ace. (Many of the large pots
that you scoop will be because you make the nut flush
and the nut low in the same hand.)
The strength of a flopped straight is more variable.
If it is an ace-high straight, there won't be a low
and you can bet for value. If it is a lower straight,
you are a checker and caller unless you also have
strong low prospects. A two-suited board also turns
you into a caller, and a three-suited board turns
you into a quitter.