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Blackjack professionalism

20 July 2019

With a reasonable amount of time and effort you can get to become a skilled card counter at blackjack. However, if you get caught as a counter you will get your picture taken and barred from playing in the casino.

At many casinos the dealers are trained to look for card counters. Here are a few tips to help prevent getting thrown out of the game.

1. Dress like the tourists around you. Do the short pants and carry sunglasses in your shirt. You want to fit in, you don’t want to stand out of the crowd.

2. You choose your dealer; don’t let the casino do it for you. The younger the dealer, the better. New one on the job.
- (1) Female (young <30yo) inexperienced
- (2) Male (young <30yo) inexperienced
- (3) Female (older 30yo>) experienced
- (4) Male (older 30yo>) experienced
- (5) Male & female (older 45yo>) very experienced *

  • This survey was done by Lance Humble, author of The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book. Dealer ranked best for the player (#1), worst (#5).

3. At the start of a new deal or shoe, don’t always bet the table minimum. That can be an alert to management.

4. Don’t play for more than one hour in any one casino.

5. Try not to be the biggest bettor at the table.

6. Don’t vary the size of your wager when a pit boss is nearby and watching.

7. Play with a male/female companion but teach him/her basic strategy first.

8. Don’t be stubborn and refuse to leave a table a loser.

Remember, each casino is really three casinos; day, swing, grave. If it’s not working on days, wait and play on swings or grave shift.


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• Besides the U.S., there are at least 41 other countries that offer legal poker rooms.

• Atlantic City’s first casino, Resorts, opened on Memorial Day 1978. Within 9 months it had paid back its entire $77 million capital investment.

• The random number generator (RNG) in a slot machine is always running even when the machine is not being played. A new sequence of numbers is being selected every millisecond.

• A typical 25-cent slot machine on the Las Vegas strip will generate an income of $25,000 a year for the casino.

• Francois Blanc, who created the famous casino at Monte Carlo, established the principle that is still the soul of the casino business. “The house must either (1) have more capital than any individual gambler or (2) establish a limit so that superior capital can never be brought into play against it.”

• During WWII, a disgruntled gambler posted a sign on a Nevada slot machine that read “In case of air raid stand by this machine. Nobody has hit it yet.”

• In 1334 an English Law was passed forbidding men to go masked to other people’s houses on Christmas to play dice.

• When the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, discovered Chinese players wouldn’t enter their facility because it required walking through its lion’s mouth, which was considered bad luck, the front entrance was completely redesigned at the cost of millions of dollars.

• The Duke of Wellington not only defeated Napoleon, but also was a member of the English Crockford Gambling Club. He never had a losing session while at the club. He only came for the food and drink, he never gambled.
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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel

John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel