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 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
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 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 There are a lot of “standard opinions” that most card counters seem to hold. Most are correct: always split aces and 8s, bet more when the count is high, don’t camp out on the single decker at the Sweaty Spaniard. There is a utility to rigid thinking; it gives us a doctrine to stand … More The Danger of Rigid Thinking
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
Introduction This is a post about your mentality. The purpose is to get you to think about how you think. What is it you do? How are you getting better with each passing week? What sets the best professional gamblers apart from the mediocre? Who Gets The Money? What pros earn the most money? Is it the … More Innovative Thinking Gets The Money
Introduction This is the first 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 48 Laws of Power for Professional Gamblers
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!