Basic Card Counting
Basic Card Counting will teach you the basics of the Hi Lo card counting system. The class begins with basic strategy, which tells yo when to hit, stand, split, double down, or surrender. Then, we cover how to keep the running +/- count which tells the player when the cards are favorable or unfavorable. Next, we discuss deck estimation, which converts the running count into a true count. Finally, we do live, simulated play on a blackjack table to put it all together.
Mastery of the skills in this class is sufficient to be a “spotter” on teams that use BP approaches. Teams looking to train spotters should send them to this class.
Advanced Card Counting
Advanced Card Counting will teach you the rest of the skills to count cards optimally in a casino. We begin by learning how to use the true count to make insurance and playing decisions (hitting, standing, splitting, etc.) Then, we spend significant amount of time on the theory of betting decisions and bankroll structure. Finally, we do some “live fire” drills of putting it all together to count in a casino.
The material on proper betting decisions is the most important part of the class. It is where most new players make the mistakes that cost them dearly. It is also one of the most important functions a team manager performs, so that you can optimize your winnings while minimizing risk. We will also debunk a lot of the foolishness that certain authors have spread about “betting cover,” which has misled countless (most?) new players.
If you master the skills we train for in Advanced and Basic, you will be ready to play with an advantage in a casino. If any teams are looking to train BPs, have them take the Basic, then Advanced classes. We also recommend aspiring professionals take the class Getting Away With It, so you don’t get kicked out of all the casinos in your first few attempts.
Getting Away With it
Learning how to count won’t do you good if you’re not allowed to play. Yet the “cover” advice given by most authors is garbage. This class teaches you how to play a strong game, and continue to be welcome. The most important part of the class is understanding casinos: who works there, what they do, and how they protect the games. We then progress to methods to evaluate the casino personnel, and methods to avoid their detection. Once we understand when and why to use cover, we practice several cover methods, ways to turn heat away, etc.
Cashcow: If I were a new AP, this would be my 3rd class after Basic and Advanced Counting. If you have already mastered counting and are wondering which “advanced” class to take, start with this one. It’s the most important.
This is an advanced class for players who have mastered card counting. Spanish 21 is the most popular blackjack variation, and generally has less heat than standard blackjack. We will spend time learning and practicing the more complex playing strategy for Spanish 21. We teach the level 2 Monkey Count, with bet spreads and playing variations, and briefly cover side bets. Significant time is spent on practical playing issues (i.e. ploppies getting mad when you hit 14 v. 2) and how to handle them.
It’s important that you understand that our method of teaching Spanish 21 is a significant compromise on complexity. The most powerful approaches involve very complex counts, 5 different sets of indexes, and other things we won’t mention here to protect the game. For those who are able to pull it off, the gains from using such a complex approach are significant.
But after attempting to come up with a palatable curriculum for this, we concluded most players can’t pull it off. And, most importantly, we have not played the game this way, so we are not qualified to teach it. If someone with significant experience playing this method would like to come in and teach a class on advanced Spanish 21, please contact us.
We teach the approach that Cash Cow actually used to get the money (playing on the dyepaintball team and managing the Immortals). This involves a level 2 count, simplified indexes, and a linear betting approach like standard card counting. This method works, with returns generally better than blackjack due to the more aggressive nature of the play. Cash Cow’s average SCORE in his play on Spanish 21 has been around 100.
Playing games other than regular blackjack usually means less heat. This class covers 4 of the most popular variants: Free Bet, 6:5, Blackjack Switch, and Superfun 21. Players will learn counting and playing strategy, and spend some class time playing each game. This class is aimed at players with significant experience counting who want to add extra moves, so the pace is faster than the foundational card counting classes.
Comps, Mailers, Rebates, Video Poker, and Slots
We kept trying to figure out how to break this into different classes, and we couldn’t. There is too much interplay between these playing methods, so we have to cover them all in one 3-day class.
Some video poker games offer the player an advantage with expert play. Slots often change states and can become advantageous in certain situations. These can be enhanced by comps, mailers, and rebates offered by casinos. We discuss playing strategy, break-even analysis and game selection, bankroll management, and one more thing we won’t mention here. If you figure out the move before the class starts, you get a $100 discount. Good luck 🙂
Cash Cow: Not to too my own horn, but I genuinely believe that this is my area, particularly comps and rebates, are my strongest area of expertise.
Shuffle Tracking teaches you how to track zones of high and low cards through a shuffle, so that you can cut them into, or out of play. When done properly in a good game, this offers advantages several times as good as card counting, in a lower-heat environment.
The class begins with a lot of theory discussion on how to map out certain shuffles. The most important part of the class is game selection: which shuffles can be beaten in the real world. We then do lots of drill work, because shuffle tracking is much easier to mess up than counting.
This is an intensely practical class, so please be ready to do math and drills. Most teams that attempted to do tracking failed at it. Cash Cow has spent hundreds of hours playing tracking games, made good money at it, and knows what works and what doesn’t. This class is for advanced players only, and you will struggle if you have not mastered basic card counting.
Managing a Team.
Advice from a team manager to team managers. In-depth, practical advice on recruiting, training, checkouts, division of labor, financial management, cost management, logistics, and team tactics. Significant time is spent on discussing specific tactics, but most do not need to be drilled heavily (once you know the move, you know the move). As a result, this class is less skill-focused than our other classes, and more of a workshop for team managers. We do spend some class time on drills.
Secrets Of The Temple.