Introduction I found an interesting article on Arnold Snyder’s website, Blackjack Forum Online. It was an account of the first year of card counting for a semi-professional player, Gordito, back in the mid 1990s. It’s an interesting article (like most of the articles on that site), and it shows that things really haven’t changed that … More Things Haven’t Changed That Much in 20 years
“Take advantage of the enemy’s unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions.“ (Sun Tzu, The Art of War) Introduction This post is about scouting. That is, how to go into a casino, look around, and evaluate your potential enemy. What kinds of things should you look for? This … More Where Are Their Guards?
Introduction Casinos offer freebies to some of their players as a way of building loyalty and keep gamblers coming back. These include things like free meals, hotel rooms, slot play, and free bets. In order to track play to give comps, casinos require their players to use a player’s card. Should advantage gamblers use these … More Should You Use a Player’s Card?
Introduction This is the 5th in a series of posts about Robert Greene’s book “The 48 Laws of Power.” Greene’s book is in the vein of classics like Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” and Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” The 48 Laws of Power is an unvarnished description of how to gain power, and protect yourself … More Protect Your Ability To Play
Introduction In an earlier post, I explained that casinos cheat sometimes, even though a rational person would not do this. In another post, I explained that regulators are rarely helpful if a casino does something wrong, because they are funded with casino taxes. In my first post in this series on cheating methods, I talked … More Cheating Methods: Short Shoes
Introduction This is the latest in my series of posts about “cover plays.” A “cover play” is when you play in a way that is less than optimal in the hopes of preserving your ability to play. I generally frown on “cover plays” based on my experience as a professional gambler and team manager. If … More The Flawed Assumptions That Lead To Bad Cover Advice
Introduction This is the 4th in a series of posts about Robert Greene’s book “The 48 Laws of Power.” Greene’s book is in the vein of classics like Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” and Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” The 48 Laws of Power is an unvarnished description of how to gain power, and protect yourself … More Always say less than necessary
Introduction The books for card counters mostly talk about the method of counting. What system to use, index plays, how to spread your bets, etc. Less is written about getting away with card counting. And very little is written specifically about heat: what heat looks like, how it starts, how to react to it. Heat is … More How To Handle A Back Off
Introduction If you’ve ever been on a card counting forum before, you know that selection of a counting system is the subject of constant debate. Actually, that’s putting it mildly: it seems like 90% of the time and effort put into these forums is somehow related to which counting system is best. Yet, almost no … More Counting Systems Part II: Index Plays
Introduction This series of posts is dedicated to killing sacred cows about “cover” (I use quotes because I think even the basic mental assumptions of cover advice are bad). The purpose of these posts is to get you to realize that most of the advice out there is garbage, and to shamelessly sell our class … More Cover Part III: Index Plays