If you were
a flat bettor, you'd probably never have to worry
about being spotted as a card counter. Since all
kinds of goofs play their hands all kinds of goofy
ways, even your expert plays of doubling down with
10 against an Ace wouldn't draw much attention.
No it's that uncharacteristically big bet in conjunction
with the unusual play that causes both the pit and
surveillance to do a double-take.
So how are you going to get the big bets out there
when you need to and make the key plays in the right
spots? If you're a $10-to-$100 bettor in a shoe
game, you usually won't have to worry about it.
But if you're spreading $25-to-$250 or bigger, it'll
eventually boil down to a matter of trade-offs.
Now and then, you'll have to make a slightly bad
play for a small wager in order to preserve the
green light on a key custom play for the serious
money. The trick is to;
his wonderful book The Biggest Game in Town, A. Alvarez
tells the story of the half million-dollar pot that
johnny Moss, the first three-time winner of the main
event of the World Series of Poker, lost to Nick "The
Greek" Dandalos in 1949. In that game the Greek,
as a huge underdog, paired the jack he'd started with
in the hole-his only way to win. Luck like that doesn't
hold forever. Moss had to get more ammunition from
his backer, Benny Binion, but went on to win millions
from the Greek. That heads-up game was the precursor
to the World Series of Poker.