Things Haven’t Changed That Much in 20 years

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

Don’t Believe Everything You Read On The Internet

Introduction Many people do not engage in truly critical thinking about the game of blackjack. Instead of weighing the evidence, evaluating arguments, and rejecting bad ideas, they use shortcuts. One of those shortcuts is social proof, which involves doing what other people do, or believing what other people believe. Why Can’t We Unlearn? Most new … More Don’t Believe Everything You Read On The Internet

The Flawed Assumptions That Lead To Bad Cover Advice

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

Authorities Favor Casinos

Introduction In my previous post, I challenged the idea that casinos do not cheat. They do. Regulators generally do not care. It gets worse. Authorities, such as police officers and prosecutors, often favor casinos. This post describes some ways that the authorities treat players unfairly, or even assist casinos in illegal, immoral, or nefarious activity. Casinos … More Authorities Favor Casinos

Guess What…Casinos Cheat!

Introduction I constantly hear APs tell me the standard opinion that “casinos are heavily regulated, they would never think of cheating.” Here’s how the reasoning goes: Casino licenses are valuable Casinos have regulators constantly scrutinizing their every move Therefore, the cost of being caught cheating is higher than the gain from cheating Therefore, casinos don’t … More Guess What…Casinos Cheat!