is a word made up by Atlantic City card counters in
the late 1970s. It means hopping from table to table,
playing only when you have an advantage. When we wrote
Professional Blackjack in the early 1970s, we was
making trip after trip to Nevada in which we made
flat bets the whole trip, playing only positive counts.
Then it worked great, but then there were very few
people doing it.
Wonging still works. Rather than sitting at one table
for long periods, walk around and look at the cards
in play at other tables. When you see a pack become
profitable, sit down and play at that table. When
the pack turns unprofitable, leave the table. If you
do not play against unprofitable packs, you have no
need for small waiting bets. Your waiting bet is as
small as it can get - zero~. Casino personnel do not
equate leaving the table with making a small bet.
A small bet tends to look bad, while leaving the table
usually passes unnoticed. You must, however, make
your standard bet against freshly-shuffled cards once
in a while lest casino personnel catch on to you.
The only justification for playing in unprofitable
situations is "advertising." If you think
that leaving the table will look suspicious, then
stay and play another round. Only play in an unprofitable
situation if doing so will buy you more playing time.
Otherwise, play only when you have the advantage or
when the pack is neutral. Have patience. Do not play
just to be playing. If you do sit down at a game in
progress because you see small cards, and then aces
and 10s pop up to make the count negative, get up
and go without playing a single hand. If you are already
playing and the count goes negative, you should leave