interesting to note that while many players "count,"
not all are, good enough to actually derive a positive
expectation. Errors in counting, coupled with errors
in play and timidity in employing a large betting
spread, often conspire to make good players not quite
good enough to come out ahead in the long run.
Casinos also know this. A common theme we've found,
in speaking with casino executives, is that while
analyzing a potential card counter, the key point
is to determine whether or not the player is good
enough to heat the casino. The player may be counting
cards, yet still be playing- with an overall negative
expectation. If the bosses decide that a player is
not capable enough to pose a threat, the house may
still deal to the player. (Strangely enough, some
professional Online Blackjack Games players seem to
almost need to be barred every so often-to validate
To most, being barred is not an enjoyable experience.
The reality that the "enemy' ' has now discovered
you unnerves many counters. If you are barred (or
just asked to leave), pick up all of your money and
chips; these are yours. Don't just leave the table;
leave the casino, too. In Nevada, casinos are still
allowed to refuse the action of players who are "too
good." This is no longer true in Atlantic City.
While technology today can assist the casino in identifying
card counters, it's still too labor intensive to track
everyone in this fashion. Thus, it's still typically
left to the floor man to first suspect someone of
counting, which, in turn, sets off the chain of events.
The key to longevity, then, is to avoid this first
pressure point. If possible, you should disguise your
counting from the pit personnel.
players fantasize about catching an incredible run
of cards right at a tournament's end, when the big
money is on the line, and better still if they catch
their super-strong hands when an opponent has a strong
hand: If you make a full house when an opponent makes
an ace-high flush, you're going to collect a lot more
than if you're full and your opponent has a pair of
about winning the lottery, too, but wishing doesn't
make it so. Consistent winners make their own luck
at the end by employing a variety of tactics that
don't rely on luck.