counters subscribe to a maximum-damage commando type
of philosophy. In this Arnold Schwarzenegger frame
of mind, the counter goes in knowing he will play
only, perhaps, 30 minutes, then leave. The idea is
to go in with reckless abandon concerning his bet
spread. Sure, the casino will eventually pick up on
what he's doing, but hopefully he'll be gone by then.
This technique is obviously not recommended if playing
in an area with only a few casinos, since you'll soon
run out of places to play.
Another technique sometimes employed is steaming.
Steaming means pretending to be so emotionally charged
up in the game that you can’t control your wagering.
It works well for getting more money on the table
when the count is very high. The idea is to pretend
to be so flustered that you start to lose control,
wagering more and more.
Let's say the count is high and you make a correspondingly
large wager of $100. You lose the hand. Muttering
and cursing to yourself you reach into your pocket
and pull out $200 in cash. Rather than bet a portion,
you throw it down in an apparent attempt to get the
first $100 back. You lose again, but the count is
even higher. You act incensed; your hands start to
shake a little as you reach in and grab another wad
of bills. How much? Nobody knows. You throw it down
and angrily say, "Bet it all." Mission accomplished.
Win or lose, you've just managed to continually increase
your wager in a favorable situation.
you're not interested in what's going on at your table;
if you do stay it, you'll be handicapped by a lack
of knowledge about who did what.
a pig's eye, you will, because actually you were exercising
the same skills you practiced in high school when
you spent every moment studying the girl or boy of
your dreams but had to be sure she or he couldn't
notice you were watching.
not paying attention means paying very close attention
surreptitiously and sometimes it means you're not
paying attention. It's a good idea to spend some time
carefully studying your opponents on hands in which
you have absolutely no interest, because that way,
if you study them later when you are interested, they
don't know if you're sending another false signal