can you do if you want to play at a table (perhaps
after seeing a big excess of small cards), but every
spot is taken? One pro checks out the players at the
table to see if any of them appear to be proficient.
If he sees someone he thinks is also a counter, he
quietly tells the counter that his action is no longer
welcome! After the counter vacates his seat, the pro
sits down and plays!
am not advocating that you bar counters to get their
seats. But if you are barred yourself, you ought to
be aware of the possibility that the person asking
you to leave might be other than a casino employee!
place was to pay $1,000,000, second $4?_0,000, and
third $210,000. With such a huge difference between
second and third place, observers assumed that the
leaders would wait until one had knocked out Cozen
before risking a major confrontation.
On the fateful hand, Bechtel was dealt 6-6, and Bonetti
A-K. The flop came K-6-4, giving Bechtel three sixes
and Bonetti top pair, top kicker. All the chips went
in with Cozen cheerily awaiting the outcome. Bechtel's
set of sixes held up and Cozen's tiny stack of no-cash
value tournament chips had suddenly become worth a
very real $420,000.
There's no absolutely correct way to approach these
situations. In the Bechtel-Bonetti confrontation,
if Bonetti had held K-K instead of A-K, each player
would have been completely correct to risk his entire
stack, even with Cozen still loitering around. Three
of a kind is a hugely powerful hand with only three
players remaining. Final tablists must simply stay
aware of the risk-reward ratio and balance a possible
missed ladder climb against an outstanding opportunity
to collect enough chips to ensure a huge payday.