may find that jumping into the middle of a shoe: with
a big bet draws attention, even if you flat bet. If
that is so, try to find the point at which attention
starts. For example, the attention may start at $100
and become more intense with higher bets. The attention
of noncounting bosses might be a plus of course, since
it can result in comps. However, if you want to jump
into a positive count and bet big, but with as little
attention as possible, you might be better off starting
with a bet that will not attract attention, for example,
a bet under 5100. You might find that jumping into
a shoe with a bet sequence of S50-$100-$150 draws
less heat than with $100-$100-$100. Even if the dealer
calls out "checks play," the pit boss may
not come to the table if the checks belong to a person
who is already playing at that table.
can play but do not want to make big bets yourself,
you can hire an assistant and use a technique that
has come to be called "play calling." You
bet small and count the cards, and on good counts
you call in your assistant to make big bets. Your
assistant should be some-one unknown to the casino,
but the assistant need not be a card counter. However,
to simplify the information-transfer procedure, your
assistant should know basic strategy. Then you need
signals for only three messages:
count is high, so bet your money.
2. The count went down, so leave the table.
3. Deviate from basic strategy on this play.
of the most common phenomena in almost all forms of
gambling that involve a mixture of luck and skill
is for players to overrate their own abilities and
to underrate their opponents' skills and it's not
because gamblers are delusional (many of them are
delusional, but that's not the operative reason here).
games, like poker, backgammon, and gin, require a
wide variety of skills to be mastered before one can
be considered a great player. Sticking with poker
for our example, the number of skills required for
greatness might be 50 or it might be 500, depending
on how narrowly we want to define "skills."
Let's define the term narrowly and say that there
are exactly 500 different skills available to master