A reader asks: Is it better to Wong in at any plus
count or to wait until the count indicates at least
a 1 % advantage?
If the count indicates a zero advantage and you play
anyway, you will be adding to your risk but not to
your expected win. But you might find that playing
only when your advantage is large attracts unwelcome
attention. For cover you probably will want to play
some hands at less than a 1 % advantage. In shoe games
we play whenever we have any kind of advantage at
all, and sometimes when we have a disadvantage but
the count is zero or positive. In single deck we even
tolerate negative counts if the game is fast and the
dealer is giving good penetration.
A reader asks: Does the terrible disadvantage of the
bad rules at multiple decks in downtown Las Vegas
and Reno affect the Wonging flat bettor?
You probably should avoid all games where your disadvantage
right after a shuffle is more than 0.5%, unless you
have something else going for you, such as fabulous
a social game, when a player doesn't have enough chips
on the table to continue playing a pot, he withdraws
chips (lights) equal to the bet amount from the pot,
rather than putting them in, and stacks them before
him. Doing so is going light.