A reader who wants to be called J. S. says: While
walking through a casino, we paused at a $25 single-deck
table where a player had a large stack of greens in
front of him. The dealer was shuffling. we stood and
watched and after the third round had been completed,
we had a true count of +6. we placed two greens in
the box for the next hand. we was dealt a hard nineteen
against the dealer's up card of a 5. The dealer turned
over a 10 and hit it with another 10. At this point
the count had dropped to -1, so we picked up our winnings
and started to walk. The dealer looked at our with
a big question on his face. we responded to his unspoken
question: "we are really a $5 player. Why press
our luck?" He laughed, as did the pit boss who
was standing nearby, and we laughed. Of course, we
was not laughing at the same thing that they were!
Another reader says: we have found that pure Wonging
it just does not work for our for several reasons.
First we are too much of a degenerate gambler and
simply enjoy playing too much to exercise the discipline
of getting up and leaving the table whenever the count
gets bad. Also, pure Wonging does not seem practical
for use on a junket. However, we use a modification
that has been suggested by other authors, which seems
useful. Specifically, we do not sit down for our usual
hour of play until the shoe hits a true count of close
to +1. we jump in, get our marker, and play two hands
of $75-$100 each. we stay put for about an hour, betting
$50 to $300. we manage to have one "call of nature"
when the count goes strongly negative during that
hour. we also end our play on a shoe that has turned
negative. This approach thus far appears to attract
of poker where stakes double if one player scoops
consecutive hands of more than a certain minimum size.
Such games are sometimes played in half-kill form,
where stakes increase 50 percent. The player whose
wins created the kill typically must post a special
big blind at the higher stake and often (but not always,
so check local rules) acts in last position for the
first betting round.