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.

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Luck Versus Skill
In 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.
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