can often be used to good advantage near the end of
a pack just before the shuffle. If a pit boss suspects
you're on tilt, he may instruct the dealer to go ahead
and deal another round rather than risk your regaining
your senses during the two minutes the dealer is shuffling.
Steamers generally have to leave when the dealer does
finally shuffle since the advantage is gone.
Tipping, or "toking" as the dealers call
it, is a subject that doesn't receive too much attention
in most Online Blackjack Games websites. On the face
of it, tipping has an expectation of -100%. If you
tip, that money is lost. For most card counters, this
rules out tipping completely.
But beneath the surface, it's not always true that
tipping is worthless, and indeed in some instances,
tipping may have value. Certainly if you want to look
like a tourist who's in town for a good time, it would
not be unreasonable to make tipping a part of your
act. It may allow you to play longer without any heat
from the pit.
Some players try to use tipping to increase deck penetration.
It's our opinion that tipping for this purpose in
shoe games is not usually effective. If a tip causes
the dealer to act on your behalf (place the cut card
lower in the shoe) at all, the small gain will probably
not make up for the cost of the tip.