A similar disguise might be used for altering the
number of hands you play. For example, if you play
one hand and lose, continue to play only one hand
whether or not the pack is favorable. If you play
one hand and win, then play two hands on the following
round - if the count is favorable.
You can increase your bet size against a fresh shuffle
without attracting adverse attention. You might consider
doing so if you have been playing two hands and winning.
Suppose you have been winning with two hands of $200
each. If you think that cutting back to one hand of
$200 when the dealer shuffles will look bad, you might
switch to one hand of $300. You now have only $300
on the table instead of $400, but the dealer and pit
boss may think that you are increasing your bet size.
To get more money on the table, you can double up
after a loss, or let a winning bet ride. If you really
want to look unlike a card counter, play two hands
of unequal bet size.
If the pit bosses think that they know why you do
what you do, and if they think that what you are doing
does not involve getting an edge over the casino,
then you can play indefinitely. Read Ian Andersen's
Turning the Tables on Las Vegas and Burning the Tables
in Las Vegas for excellent discussions of playing
without getting barred.
one sense, it would be absurd to claim that playing
poker for money is anything other than gambling. Unlike
chess or even checkers, which can be played at the
highest levels without a single dollar being risked,
poker without money is an empty pursuit. If your opponent
isn't risking something by remaining in a hand, he
has very little incentive to play correctly and throw
away a hand whose chances of improving enough to win
are slight. Although it is possible to learn a few
extremely basic poker lessons in free games, you're
more likely to pick up bad habits in such games.