you're diligent, you'll get to the point where you
can play the Knock-Out system and almost never make
an error on your kitchen table, that is. Playing in
a casino is a different story, unlike any other experience
you're likely to encounter. Casinos are full of distractions:
bright lights, cocktail waitresses, drinks, clattering
chips, other gamblers talking (or cheering), pit bosses,
dealers, you name it. When attempting to count cards
for the first time in a casino environment, you're
hound to make some mistakes. Even if you play perfectly
while practicing at home, being under the gun in a
casino is something else altogether. There's no substitute
for experience, and you'll get better in real conditions
as you go. But in the meantime, here are a few simple
rules to follow that will help you through your first
Online Blackjack Games card-counting session:
1) Bet the table
minimum until you're comfortable with your counting.
That is, count cards and mentally note the correct
plays, but bet the table minimum until you're confident
of your abilities. It may take an hour or more to
become accustomed to the surroundings.
2) If you lose
the count during play, bet the table minimum until
the next shuffle. Recall that you'll always start
the count at the IRC after a shuffle.
3) If you're
losing, don't start betting more money to "try
to get it all back at once" (this might be a
good time to reread on the care that must be taken
when betting). Remember, a card counter bets more
only when he has a mathematical advantage. However,
it seems to be a part of human nature, when losing,
to want to bet more money in an effort to recoup your
losses as quickly as possible. This often leads to
even greater losses. All card counters have both winning
and losing sessions. Keep the bi,, picture in mind:
In the long run, our advantage will bear out, and
the long run is made up of countless sessions. Don't
let short-run fluctuations get the best of you, whether
monetarily or psychologically.
"teacher" is usually stinging from a perceived
bad beat and lashes out by sarcastically questioning
the winner's abilities. The lecturer is often wrong
in his assessment; but even if he is correct, why
would he want to teach his opponent to play correctly?
Does he think that if the opponent plays better he
will start making more money from the opponent? Does
he want to improve the play of everyone at the table?
There's a nice saying that covers the situation: "Don't
tap on the aquarium."
Find out something about your neighbors and engage
them in conversation if they seem interested. Many
players are there for companionship that they couldn't
find elsewhere and they don't mind paying for it in
the form of losing a little.
Don't pry, but be pleasant. If you discover something
that interests the player to your right and you know
something about that topic, talk about it. Of course,
don't disrupt the game and don't talk to your neighbor
when she is involved in a hand.