plays are an interesting camouflage idea. Cover plays
are typically either bets or plays made at incorrect
times. For example, with a running count of +4, we'd
like to make a big bet. However, if the pit boss is
breathing down our neck, the large wager might be
our last. Under these conditions, it might be appropriate
to make a cover bet of a single unit. The play is
made to throw off the pit personnel in case they too
are counting the game.
cover play is to make a big wager right after the
shuffle. Even if the pit personnel are not counting,
they know that a player has no advantage off the top
in a freshly shuffled game. So making a big bet at
this point is a way for a card counter to say, "Look,
the count means nothing to me."
Still other cover
plays involve the actual play of the hand. Every once
in a while, hopefully with a small bet out, you may
want to make a slightly incorrect play. This should
be done only if you know that someone is analyzing
your play. And even in this case it should not be
overdone, as every incorrect play costs you money.49
need to stick to the game plan. Any deviation from
it costs money. If you insist on making frequent cover
plays, then you will not be successful. It's time
to work on your overall act.
kind of personality traits would lead to tight play?
You can, of course, invert most of the characteristics
previously for loose players and have a good tight
play hint, so I won't go through all those again.
Still, there are a few special traits worth mentioning
(and yes, their opposites are usually good clues to
If someone is immaculately groomed and/or dressed,
he's probably not going to be that sloppy about the
way he plays poker. Someone who neither drinks too
much nor smokes at all is probably a decent bet to
be a tight player. Part of the drinking equation is
obvious. There aren't too many drunks who play conservative
waiting games. Even one or two cocktails offers a
clue, though. Most serious players won't touch a drop
of alcohol when playing. They don't want their judgment